June 15, 2011 in Sports

Yarborough, Waltrip head Hall inductees

 
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An emotional Darrell Waltrip, right, with his wife Stevie, wipes away a tear after being voted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
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Auto racing: The wait is over for Cale Yarborough and Darrell Waltrip. The championship-winning drivers with a bumpy personal connection are headed to the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C.

Yarborough and Waltrip got in on their third try, headlining the third five-member class announced Tuesday. They’re joined by eight-time series champion crew chief Dale Inman, nine-time Modified champion Richie Evans and pioneering driver and owner Glen Wood.

Yarborough, who led with 85 percent of the vote by the 55-person panel, won 83 races and three consecutive titles (1976-78). His 83 victories rank sixth.

“I feel honored,” Yarborough said by phone from his farm in Sardis, S.C. “I’m in a lot of different motorsports halls of fame, but to be in the NASCAR Hall of Fame with the guys who are already in and the ones who will come later means a lot to me. It’s a great group to be a part of.”

Waltrip, who received 82 percent of the vote, won 84 races, tied for third all time, and collected series championships in 1981, ’82 and ’85.

Inman became the first crew chief to be elected.

Pryor breaks silence, offers an apology

College football: Terrelle Pryor ended his silence – for exactly 97 seconds.

Speaking out, albeit briefly, for the first time since his college career at Ohio State ended embroiled in scandal, Pryor appeared with agent Drew Rosenhaus in Miami Beach, Fla., and gave a brief statement. He apologized to the Buckeyes, to his former teammates and to now-departed coach Jim Tressel for his role in the mess that may take down one of America’s proudest programs.

“I say sorry to all the Buckeye nation and all the Buckeye fans across the country,” Pryor said. “I never meant to hurt anybody directly or indirectly with my conduct off the field and I am truly sorry.”

Pryor had already been suspended by Ohio State and the NCAA for the first five games of what would have been his senior season this fall for accepting improper benefits, such as cash and discounted tattoos. The scandal led to Tressel’s forced resignation.

“In terms of coach Jim Tressel, a special shout out,” Pryor said. “I’m sorry for what all went down and I apologize with all my heart. I love you just like a father. You taught me a lot and I apologize for putting you in a situation and taking you out of a job and place that you loved to be. I regret the fact that you’re not there any more and I regret the fact that I’m not there any more.”

U.S. tops Guadeloupe in Gold Cup

Soccer: Jozy Altidore scored in the ninth minute off an assist from Michael Bradley, and the United States hung on to beat Guadeloupe 1-0 in Kansas City, Kan., to reach the quarterfinals of the Gold Cup.

The U.S. finished second in Group C with six points, and will face Group B winner Jamaica in the quarterfinals in Washington, D.C., on Sunday.

Clijsters loses, injures ankle at Unicef Open

Tennis: Kim Clijsters is in doubt for Wimbledon after aggravating an ankle injury during a 7-6 (5), 6-3 loss to Italy’s Romina Oprandi at the Unicef Open in Den Bosch, Netherlands.

The second-ranked Clijsters skidded to the net and stumbled on the first point of the second game and appeared tentative for the rest of the match, although she did not call for medical treatment.

Clijsters said she would return home to Belgium and seek medical advice before deciding whether to play at Wimbledon.

FBI looking into Armstrong episode

Cycling: The FBI has contacted a Colorado restaurant to get surveillance tapes of a conversation between seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong and former teammate Tyler Hamilton when they ran into each other in Aspen, Colo., over the weekend.

Hamilton’s attorney, Chris Manderson, says his client was rattled by some of Armstrong’s comments. Armstrong and one of his lawyers say the conversation was uneventful.

• Hushovd wins stage at Tour of Switzerland: World champion Thor Hushovd won the fourth stage of the Tour of Switzerland, and Damiano Cunego of Italy retained the overall lead.

Hushovd edged third-stage winner Peter Sagan of Slovakia to clock 4 hours, 46 minutes, 5 seconds for the 123-mile trek from Grindelwald to Huttwil.

Japan gets 2014 world championships

Figure skating: Japan has been awarded the 2014 figure skating world championships, three months after giving up this year’s event following a devastating earthquake.

International Skating Union officials announced the 2014 worlds will be in Tokyo or nearby Saitama.


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