Officials hand out fines
NASCAR on Wednesday fined three teams US$25,000 each and docked driver and owner points for various infractions found last week at Daytona International Speedway. Michael Waltrip lost 25 driver points, car owner Teresa Earnhardt lost 25 owner points and crew chief Richard "Slugger" Labbe was fined US$25,000 for unapproved carburetor modifications. Labbe was fined an addition US$500 for an unapproved roof strip. Waltrip is currently fifth in the Winston Cup points standings. The penalty drops him 417 points behind series leader Matt Kenseth. The No. 4 Morgan-McClure Motorsports Pontiac was penalized for having an unapproved fuel cell container modification that was found by NASCAR officials during pre-race inspection. Crew chief Chris Carrier was fined US$25,000, Stacy Compton forfeited 25 championship driver points and Larry McClure forfeited 25 championship owner points for the infraction.
Live showing to be on Net
This weekend's Canadian Women's Open will be the first LPGA tournament to be shown live on the Internet. The LPGA reached agreement with Real Networks to show the tournament, which begins Thursday in Vancouver, British Columbia. The tournament, which will not be shown on US television, will be the first on a major pro golf tour to have full video coverage on the Internet. The tournament will be available for two hours today and three hours tomorrow and Sunday at www.lpga.com and www.realone.com/sports. "I believe the video broadcast of this week's tournament will continue to enhance our fans' Internet experience," LPGA commissioner Ty Votaw said.