Sat, Mar 25, 2006 - Page 18 News List

Sports Briefs

AGENCIES

■ INDY 500

Buddy Rice to race

Former Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Rice will drive one of six cars entered by Rahal Letterman Racing on Thursday for the May 28 race. Last year, he was unable to defend his 2004 title after a crash during the first week of practice. He received a concussion and neck injury when he spun and hit the wall. Doctors found he partially tore a spinal ligament, and he was not allowed to drive in qualifications or the race. Former winner Kenny Brack took his place and finished 26th. Rice will drive the team's No. 15 Panoz-Honda and have an identical backup car available. Rahal Letterman also entered two cars each for Danica Patrick, last year's rookie of the year, and rookie Paul Dana. Patrick qualified fourth and finished fourth last year, becoming the first woman to lead the Indy 500. Dana also passed the Indy rookie test last year but sustained a spinal fracture in a crash during practice and was unable to compete.

■ FA CUP

Match ends in draw

Charlton and Middlesbrough played to a 0-0 draw on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup, failing to decide the last club to to advance to the final four of England's premier knockout competition. West Ham, Liverpool and Chelsea won their quarterfinals earlier in the week. The draw for the semifinals is Friday with Charlton and 'Boro facing a replay to determine which team advances. The semifinals will be played at neutral venues that have yet to be announced by the Football Association. The game at Charlton offered both teams few chances. The best opportunity in the first half -- and probably in the game -- came in the 36th when Charlton's Hermann Hreidarsson struck a left-footed, close-range shot that 'Boro keeper Mark Schwarzer blocked with his left hand in a diving save.

■ Formula One

Fuji gets nod for 2007

Fuji Speedway will replace Suzuka International Racing Circuit as host of the 2007 Formula One Japanese Grand Prix. "Fuji Speedway will be the new home of the Japanese F1 Grand Prix," Formula One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone said in a statement released Friday in conjunction with Fuji International Speedway Co Ltd.

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