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Tuesday, February 19, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Newman to replace Truex Jr. in NASCAR Chase

Auto Racing: Ryan Newman is replacing Martin Truex Jr. in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship as part of NASCAR’S penalties against Michael Waltrip Racing for manipulating the outcome of Saturday’s race at Richmond, Va.

Two independent people familiar with the situation described the penalties to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because NASCAR had yet to announce its decision.

Michael Waltrip Racing has been fined $300,000, and general manager Ty Norris is suspended indefinitely. Truex, Clint Bowyer and Brian Vickers were docked 50 points each.

Barguil wins Vuelta stage; Nibali leads

Cycling: Warren Barguil of France won the mountainous 16th stage of the Spanish Vuelta in 3 hours, 43 minutes, 31 seconds, timing his final sprint up the steep Aramon Formigal (Spain) peak. Vincenzo Nibali of Italy fended off rivals to keep the overall lead by 28 seconds.

Lithuania advances despite loss

Miscellany: Lithuania advanced to the second round of the European basketball championship despite losing 78-72 to Bosnia-Herzegovina in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The six teams moving on to the second round in Group E are France, Serbia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Latvia and Belgium. While Italy, Spain, Slovenia, Finland, Croatia and Greece make up the Group F bracket.

The second round will get underway Wednesday.

• Hansen fined for trying to thwart Kings’ arena: Billionaire Chris Hansen must pay $50,000 for his role in a secretive effort to funnel up to $100,000 to a group trying to thwart Sacramento’s efforts to build a new downtown arena for the NBA Kings, a California Fair commission said.

• Kiffin picks Kessler to start for USC at BC: Southern California football coach Lane Kiffin picked quarterback Cody Kessler to start in Los Angeles Saturday against Boston College.

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