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Auto racing

Rahal team rolls out 'Late Show' carpet for Brack's move

Kenny Brack was welcomed to Bobby Rahal's CART racing team yesterday by David Letterman, a chorus line, Don Rickles and a musical number by Paul Shafer's band.

The videotaped interlude in Hilliard, Ohio, accompanied Rahal's announcement during a news conference that Brack, one of the IRL's top drivers, was joining the team. Letterman is a co-owner of Team Rahal.

Brack, 33, spent three seasons in the IRL, winning the driving title in 1998 and finishing second this year.

"Everything he has touched, he's turned to gold," said Rahal, who won the 1986 Indianapolis 500 and started his own racing team after the 1995 season. He retired from driving last year.

Brack replaces Bryan Herta, whose contract wasn't renewed.

NASCAR: Fox and NBC-TBS won the bidding war for the TV rights to NASCAR, the only sport whose ratings have increased each year this decade, three industry sources told the Associated Press yesterday. The deal, which begins in 2001, was expected to be worth about $400 million a year for consolidated rights to televise stock car races.

IRL: Speedway Motorsports Inc., which lost about $3 million in races this year in Las Vegas and Atlanta, will receive financial help next season from the Indy Racing League. SMI president H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler said his staff will operate the tracks, but the IRL "will furnish the money" and absorb any losses.

College basketball

Netherton leads Loyola to win; Carolina probe grows

Freshman center Katie Netherton (Meade) scored 14 of her 20 points in the second half and added eight rebounds as Loyola beat Roto Banska Bystrica (Slovakia), 74-43, at Reitz Arena.

North Carolina: Two non-students, Trayon Lamont Bolden and Edward Franklin Capel, were implicated in the Halloween night brawl involving North Carolina players Ed Cota and Terrence Newby.

Cota, one of the nation's best point guards, and Newby have been suspended from the team. Newby said he and Cota were trying to break up a fight involving their friends and another group.


Gambill upsets Henman; Capriati gains in Pa.

Playing in the Swedish capital for the first time, unseeded American Jan-Michael Gambill upset second-seeded Tim Henman, 7-5, 6-3, in 77 minutes to reach the Stockholm Open quarterfinals.

Advanta Championships: Unseeded Jennifer Capriati, winning for the first time in the Philadelphia area since 1992, beat wild-card entry Kim Clijsters of Belgium, 7-5, 6-3, in first-round play in Villanova, Pa. Capriati, 23, will next face No. 4 seed Nathalie Tauziat of France. Competing for the first time in three weeks, top-seeded Martina Hingis made short work of Chanda Rubin, 6-3, 6-0. In a night match, Lindsay Davenport, ranked No. 2, ended Alexandra Stevenson's first tournament in her father Julius Erving's back yard with a 6-2, 6-3 victory.

Et cetera

Olney's Onyewu helps U.S. top New Zealand in soccer

Oguchi Onyewu of Olney, Md., made a crossing pass that Landon Donovan converted for the winning goal as the United States beat host New Zealand, 2-1, in the opener of the FIFA Under-17 Championship. Before a crowd of about 8,000 and playing in a downpour, the Americans extended their unbeaten streak to 21 games (17-0-4) since August 1998. Onyewu received his second yellow card of the game in the final minute and will be suspended for Saturday's game against Poland.

Bowling: Randy Pedersen won his 12th career title and first since 1995, outscoring Eric Forkel 236-206 in the title match of the PBA Indianapolis Open.

College football: Linebacker Jamonte Robinson, Missouri's second-leading tackler, was arrested and accused of assaulting a woman in the hallway of a university dormitory Oct. 24. Robinson was charged with third-degree assault and disturbing the peace, both misdemeanors, university police said. Robinson, who was suspended from the team, posted a $1,500 bond and was released.

Luge: Duncan Kennedy's on-again, off-again career is off yet again, and perhaps forever. Kennedy, 31, the most successful singles luge racer in U.S. history, returned home from Germany after a recurrence of the dizziness and nausea that sidelined him for two years.

Boxing: Laila Ali, the 21-year-old daughter of Muhammad Ali, stopped Shadina Pennybaker with three seconds left in their four-round bout in Chester, W. Va.

Banquet: WCBM radio host "Nasty" Nestor Aparicio will host the third annual "Nasty Nice Guy" awards banquet tomorrow at Michael's 8th Avenue in Glen Burnie. Tickets are $50. This year's awards winners are the Ravens' Peter Boulware, Orioles' Jerry Hairston, Blast's Lance Johnson, Bayrunners' Terry Truax and Sun sports columnist John Steadman. The event benefits the Ed Block Courage Foundation.

Field hockey: Maryland (20-1) will play host to Lafayette (17-1) in an NCAA tournament first-round game Saturday at 11 a.m. Virginia (13-7) and Old Dominion (16-6) will follow at 1: 30 p.m. Saturday's winners meet Sunday at 2 p.m. with the winner advancing to next weekend's final four.

Hockey: Towson University, ranked sixth in the 20-team American Collegiate Hockey Association, is off to a 7-2-2 start and opposes No. 2-ranked Penn State (7-0-0) at Harford County's Ice World Arena tomorrow at 8 p.m. The Tigers play Navy at Mt. Pleasant Arena at 5: 30 p.m. Saturday.

The quiz

Pulling up the Sox

The Red Sox's Jimy Williams is a front-runner to win the American League Manager of the Year, which will be announced today. Name the only Boston manager to win the honor, which was instituted in 1983.

Quiz answer

John McNamara in 1986.

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