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Witnesses say Harvick, Edwards had scuffle

auto racing

Greg Biffle isn't angry with teammate Carl Edwards for starting a 12-car crash at Talladega Superspeedway. Neither is Matt Kenseth. Kevin Harvick? Not quite over it. Witnesses said Edwards and Harvick scuffled yesterday in the Nationwide Series garage at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., after Edwards walked into Harvick's garage stall and the two engaged in a heated argument. Harvick appeared to try to walk away, but, witnesses said, Edwards reached for his shoulder to turn him back around. Harvick then shoved Edwards, who stumbled onto the hood of Harvick's car, and the two had to be separated. Witnesses claimed a member of Harvick's crew had Edwards in a headlock as numerous people tried to separate the two. Harvick was unavailable for comment. Edwards didn't deny the two argued but wouldn't discuss the incident.

Bank of America 500:: Sprint Cup points leader Jimmie Johnson was awarded the pole for tomorrow's race after the steady drizzle that canceled the afternoon practice session in Concord didn't subside and NASCAR called off qualifying. The field was set based on owner points. Edwards, 72 points behind the leader, will start on the front row in the midpoint race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Biffle, 77 points behind Johnson, will start third, followed by Jeff Burton, Clint Bowyer and Harvick. Denny Hamlin was cleared for the race despite an overnight stay in an Alabama hospital after his hard wreck at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday.

4th-quarter touchdown lifts No. 21 Wake Forest


Riley Skinner threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to D.J. Boldin with 5:28 left to help No. 21 Wake Forest beat visiting Clemson, 12-7. Skinner went 22-for-34 for 186 yards and led the decisive 15-play, 78-yard drive in the fourth quarter for the Demon Deacons (4-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference). Wake Forest out-gained Clemson 342-198. Shane Popham - starting in place of injured kicker Sam Swank - had field goals of 22 and 32 yards for Wake Forest, and a dominant defense held the Tigers' vaunted ground game to 21 rushing yards on 23 carries. Cullen Harper went 15-for-35 for 177 yards with an interception for Clemson (3-3, 1-2) in the Tigers' second straight loss. His 10-yard touchdown pass to Jacoby Ford with seven seconds left in the third quarter put Clemson up 7-3. Clemson lost running back C.J. Spiller in the second quarter because of a left leg injury.

More football: : Auburn assistant coach Steve Ensminger will run the offense the remainder of the season. Coach Tommy Tuberville said Ensminger won't be a candidate to replace Tony Franklin as offensive coordinator. Tuberville fired Franklin six games into his first season with the 20th-ranked Tigers on Wednesday. ... Southern California quarterback Mark Sanchez went through a full session of practice and appears on track to start against Arizona State tomorrow.

Basketball: : Southeast Missouri State fired athletic director Don Kaverman and placed men's basketball coach Scott Edgar on administrative leave, three days after the NCAA notified the school of possible major violations.

Holyfield offered fight with WBA champ Valuev

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Boxing: : Evander Holyfield has been offered a fight with World Boxing Association heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev in December. Holyfield, a former heavyweight champ who turns 46 this month, has not fought since losing a unanimous decision a year ago to then-World Boxing Organization champion Sultan Ibragimov. The 7-foot, 300-pound Valuev (49-1, 34 KOs) won a unanimous decision over John Ruiz in August to regain the WBA title. A four-time heavyweight champion, Holyfield could become the oldest fighter to win the crown if the fight goes ahead.

Varsity: : Archbishop Spalding girls soccer coach Bob Dieterle earned his 100th career win as the Cavaliers (11-1-3) shut out visiting Seton Keough, 6-0. Maggie Morrison and Courtney Hoyes scored two goals each.

NHL: : Clint Malarchuk, the former goalie best known for having his jugular vein slashed by a skate in a 1989 game while he was with Buffalo, is recovering after accidentally shooting himself in the chin with a rifle. Wife Christy told sheriff's deputies in Nevada that the .22-caliber rifle discharged after her husband placed the butt on the ground between his legs. He had been shooting rabbits.

Golf: : Australia's Nathan Green shot an 8-under-par 62 to take a two-stroke lead over Olin Browne and Paul Claxton in the PGA Texas Open in San Antonio. Green, winless in three seasons on the PGA Tour, birdied nine of the first 16 holes before dropping a stroke on the par-3 17th and closing with a par. ... Michele Redman and Sweden's Maria Hjorth shot 6-under 66s to share the first-round lead in the LPGA Longs Drugs Challenge in Danville, Calif. Redman and Hjorth each had seven birdies and a bogey on a sunny day at Blackhawk Country Club. In-Kyung Kim and Mikaela Parmlid were tied for second at 67.

Tennis:: Top-ranked Jelena Jankovic rallied from a set down to beat qualifier Vera Dushevina, 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-2, to advance to the quarterfinals of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. In the men's draw, top-seeded Nikolay Davydenko beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, 6-1, 6-1. ... Second-ranked Roger Federer will play at the Madrid Masters next week, ending a three-week layoff and setting up a possible meeting with top-ranked Rafael Nadal.

Olympics: : Nearly half the countries that participated in the Beijing Olympics failed to tell organizers where their athletes were so they could be drug tested outside of competition. A report issued by independent observers for the World Anti-Doping Agency said 102 of 205 countries represented did not provide Olympic officials with information about their athletes' whereabouts. It is each country's responsibility to notify testers of its athletes' whereabouts during the Games.

Skiing:: Austrian star Marlies Schild will miss the World Cup season after breaking her left leg in a training crash.


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