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Kentucky Speedway gets much-anticipated Sprint Cup race

Ever since the Kentucky Speedway opened in 2000, the original ownership led by Jerry Carroll, have always wanted to land and NASCAR Cup race. Over the years, there has been disagreements back and forth about promises and non-promises to bring the coveted race to the Cincinnati/Louisville region.

Jerry Carroll’s ownership group filed an antitrust lawsuit against NASCAR and International Speedway Corporation saying they tried to exclude the track from the Cup Series.

Kentucky Speedway (file)

The Kentucky Speedway has hosted ARCA, IRL, NASCAR Nationwide Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series since opening its doors.

Well, according to several media outlets this morning, the Kentucky Speedway will get a NASCAR Sprint Cup race in 2011.

The 1.5-mile tri-oval which is located on Interstate 71 in Sparta, Kentucky, between Cincinnati and Louisville, will host be hosting NASCAR’S Sprint Cup series in early July. The official decision has not been announced. However, a news conference has been rumored to be scheduled at the track on August 10.

Speedway Motorsports Inc. purchased the track from the original ownership group in 2008. Bruton Smith, owner of SMI said his main goal all along was to bring NASCAR Cup race to the track which seats over 66,000.

compiled from staff, wire and Motor sports news

Tiger Woods will play Dubai Classic in 2011

Tiger Woods announced over the weekend that he will play in the Dubai Desert Classic in 2011.

Woods told tournament promoters that he wants to win back the title he held in 2008. He couldn’t┬ádefend his title in 2009 because he was sidelined by knee surgery.

Tiger Woods (Joel Torres & Columbus Wired photo)

Woods won the Dubai Desert Classic in 2006 and 2008 and never finished lower than fifth since he started playing there in 2001.

The tournament is part of the European Tour and takes place at Emirates Golf Course from February 10-13 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

compiled from staff and wire reports

ENTERTAINMENT FOR SUNDAY AUGUST 1, 2010: Almanac and Celebrity Birthdays


Today is Sunday, August 1, the 213th day of 2010. There are 152 days left in the year.


* On August 1, 1944, an uprising broke out in Warsaw, Poland, against Nazi occupation. The revolt collapsed after two months.

* In 1981, the music video network MTV made its debut. MTV stands for Music Television.

* Five years ago, August 1, 2005, Saudi Arabia’s ruler, King Fahd, died.


79 Tom Wilson, cartoonist and retired creator of the cartoon Ziggy.

57 Robert Cray, blues singer-musician.

50 Chuck D, rapper of the group, Public Enemy.

46 Adam Duritz, rock singer of the group, Counting Crows.

45 Sam Mendes, movie director of the movie, American Beauty.

Cincinnati Reds Update: Friday and Saturday results


Atlanta at Cincinnati

Jason Heyward knocked in two runs with his third double of the game, a two-out hit in the 10th inning that rallied Atlanta to a 6-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

Reds closer Francisco Cordero (3-4) walked two batters in the 10th. Heyward worked the count full and then hit a sinking line drive that left-fielder Jonny Gomes couldn’t make the catch on allowing two runners to score.

Jason Heyward Atlanta (mlb)

Jesse Chavez (3-2) escaped a Reds threat in the ninth. Billy Wagner pitched out of a two-out threat in the 10th, earning his 24th save in 29 chances by striking Drew Stubbs for the game’s final out.

Joey Votto led Cincinnati with three hits, including an RBI double and a solo homer off lefty Jonny Venters that tied the game at 4-all in the bottom of the eighth inning. Votto leads the National League with 27 homers and a 3.26 average.


Atlanta at Cincinnati

Reds catcher Ryan Hanigan doubled home two runs and kept on running when the ball slipped away from Atlanta Braves center-fielder Melky Cabrera, rounding the bases on a crucial play of Cincinnati’s 5-2 win.

Ryan Hanigan Cincinnati (mlb)

Hannigan doubled off Atlanta starting pitcher Jair Jurrgens (3-4), who has yet to win on the road. Two runs scored (Scott Rolen had doubled and Jay Bruce had singled earlier in the inning) while Cabrera chased the ball to the wall. When Cabrera turned and threw quickly, the ball slipped from his hand and rolled across the outfield towards right field, allowing Hanigan to score on a very weird play and error.

Bronson Arroyo (11-6) gave up five hits in seven innings. Francisco Cordero gave up a pair of singles in the ninth, but slipped a called third strike past Jason Heyward to earn his 28th save in 34 opportunities.

compiled from staff, wire and MLB news

Cleveland Indians Update: Friday, Saturday results and Trades


Cleveland at Toronto

Jose Bautista belted a grand slam, his major-league leading 31st homer, Fred Lewis hit a solo shot and the Toronto Blue Jays hammered the Cleveland Indians 8-1. It was their sixth win in seven games.

Bautista went 3 for 3 and walked twice before being lifted for a pinch-runner in the eighth inning.

Jose Bautista Toronto (mlb)

Toronto has homered in 11 consecutive games, hitting 27 over that span, and lead the major leagues with 157, including league highs at home (87) and in July (42).

Bautista leads the majors with 11 homers in July. Nineteen of his homers in 2010 have come at the Rogers Centre.

Toronto’s Shaun Marcum (10-4) was the winner and Cleveland’s Justin Masterson (3-10) is the loser.


Cleveland at Toronto

Shin-Soo Choo doubled home the go-ahead run in the seventh inning and Cleveland beat Toronto 2-1 to snap a three-game losing streak.

Josh Tomlin, who beat the New York Yankees in his major league debut on Tuesday, followed that outing up by allowing only one run in 5 1/3 innings.

Shin-Soo Choo Cleveland (mlb)

Jensen Lewis (3-2) worked one inning of relief for the win, Joe Smith pitched 1 2/3 shutout innings and Chris Perez survived a bases-loaded jam in the ninth to earn his 11th save.

The loss snapped the Blue Jays’ four-game winning streak.


* The Indians sent their closer Kerry Wood to the New York Yankees on Saturday, shortly after bring him off the disabled list.

The 33-year-old Wood, gives the Yankees another hard-throwing setup man alongside Joba Chamberlain before getting to closer Mariano Rivera.

Wood was 1-4 with a 6.30 ERA and eight saves in 23 relief appearances for Cleveland.

The Indians have until October 15 to decide whether to select a player from a list or take cash.

The Tribe called up Jeanmar Gomez to replace Wood.

* The Indians traded away popular pitcher Jake Westbrook to the St. Louis Cardinals in a trade that also included the San Diego Padres.

Westbrook was scratched from his start in Toronto and headed for a flight to St. Louis. He said he was sad to leave Cleveland, his home since 2001.

A 2004 All-Star pitcher, the 32-year-old right-handed Westbrook was 6-7 with a 4.65 ERA in 21 starts in 2010. He has a 10 year major league record of 69-71.

The Indians received Double-A pitcher Corey Kluber from San Diego. the 24-year-old right-hander was 6-6 with a 3.45 ERA at Double-A and led the Texas League in strikeouts. He will be assigned to Double-A Akron.

Cleveland recalled outfielder Jordan Brown from Triple-A Columbus. The 26-year-old Brown was hitting .309 with 63 RBI’s and is deadly when he bats with the bases loaded.

compiled from staff, wire and MLB news

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