September 13, 2008 in Sports

Fast Break

 

NASCAR

Rain slows Sprint Cup

Rain washed out NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying for the second straight week. This time, though, Joey Logano gets to race.

A week ago at Richmond the rainout left the 18-year-old phenom out of the lineup and frustrated because he was entered in a fourth Joe Gibbs Racing car that had no owner points.

This week, Logano is entered in the No. 96 Hall of Fame Racing entry that is in the top 35.

That gave Logano a guaranteed starting spot in Sunday’s Sylvania 300 in Loudon, N.H.

The 12-man field for Sunday’s race was set by points, meaning all of them will be up front for the start. Series leader Kyle Busch will start from the pole, with runner-up Carl Edwards alongside and two-time reigning series champion Jimmie Johnson, winner of two straight races, and fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. in row two.

Soccer

Stadium jail proposed

There might be an addition to Italian soccer stadiums if fan violence persists: jail cells.

“If it’s necessary, let’s build cells in stadiums to jail immediately whoever commits a crime,” Italian league president Antonio Matarrese said.

The suggestion comes after a violent opening weekend to the Serie A season. Napoli fans caused a riot on a train to Rome, and more violence broke out when the train reached the capital for the AS Roma-Napoli game.

Two seasons ago, a police officer was killed outside Catania’s stadium in riots following a game with Sicilian rival Palermo.

Last year, a Lazio fan was killed by police at a highway rest stop.

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