Sports Briefs

Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2002

New York Rangers fire Low

NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers' NHL-high payroll no longer includes coach Ron Low. The Rangers fired Low on Monday after two losing seasons and zero postseason appearances despite base salaries totaling about $70 million in 2001-02.

The team went 36-38-4-3 this season and finished 11th in the Eastern Conference. It was the fifth straight year New York failed to make the playoffs.

''I don't think it's just the coach's responsibility in a situation like this. We all share equally in this,'' Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather said. ''But in every situation, someone ends up taking the blame and it's generally the coach. It's unfortunate, but it's the way it has to be.''

Harvick fined $35,000, probation extended

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NASCAR fined Kevin Harvick $35,000 on Monday and extended his probation until the end of the year for rough driving at Martinsville Speedway.

NASCAR also warned Harvick that further bad behavior would lead to a suspension.

''If there are any actions, in NASCAR's opinion, that are deemed detrimental to the sport or disruptive to the orderly conduct of an event, he will be suspended indefinitely,'' NASCAR said.

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