Sports Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, October 17, 2001

CART, Texas Motor Speedway settle lawsuit

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Texas Motor Speedway's lawsuit against CART over a canceled race last spring was settled Tuesday for an undisclosed amount.

''We have reached a favorable agreement and are glad to have this behind us,'' said Bruton Smith, chairman and CEO of track owner Speedway Motorsports Inc. ''We're very happy for this to be concluded.''

The inaugural Firestone Firehawk 600 was canceled two hours before it was to start April 29 because drivers complained of dizziness after practices earlier in the weekend. There were fears the drivers could loss consciousness while going more than 230 mph during the race.

A confidentiality clause in the settlement prevents TMS and CART from revealing details of the settlement, but it will cost CART millions of dollars.

TMS was seeking reimbursement of a $2.1 million sanctioning fee paid for the race that was never run, plus unspecified damages for promotional expenses and unrealized profits. The track issued refunds for more than 60,000 tickets after the cancellation.

Jets' Robinson hit with weapons charge

NEW YORK -- New York Jets safety Damien Robinson was fined a week's pay by the NFL team after being charged with taking an assault rifle into a Giants Stadium parking lot.

The arrest took place in East Rutherford, N.J., several hours before the Jets beat the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. Robinson, a free safety, played in the game.

Police found in the trunk of Robinson's truck a Bushmaster .223 assault rifle, three high-capacity magazines that hold 30 rounds each, and two boxes of ammunition containing 100 rounds each. The rifle and the magazines are illegal under a 1990 New Jersey law that bans the sale and possession of many kinds of automatic weapons.

NFL beats baseball in Monday night national ratings

NEW YORK -- Even the worst kind of NFL game outdrew a key baseball playoff game in head-to-head competition Monday night.

ABC's telecast of two winless teams, in which the Dallas Cowboys beat the Washington Redskins 9-7 in a sloppy, often dull game, was watched by more people than the decisive fifth game of the American League playoffs between the Yankees and Athletics.

Although its 9.9 national rating was well below the season's average for prime-time NFL telecasts, ABC beat Fox's 8.4 for baseball. ABC is averaging an 11.4 nationally for ''Monday Night Football.''

Jordan misses scrimmage with injured foot

WASHINGTON -- Michael Jordan sat out an intrasquad scrimmage Tuesday night because of a strained left foot.

Jordan injured his foot in the Washington Wizards' exhibition game against Miami on Saturday and has not practiced with the team since.

Jordan is listed as day-to-day. It is not known whether he will play in a preseason game Thursday against the Detroit Pistons in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Jordan revealed the injury when he spoke to the MCI Center crowd at the scrimmage, which was held to honor Washington area police, fire, search and rescue, military and medical employees who assisted in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks.

''Thank you for coming out,'' Jordan told the crowd. ''Unfortunately, I can't play. I injured my foot on Saturday. It hasn't gotten better. I don't want to risk it tonight, even though I would love to play under the circumstances.''

Wizards coach Doug Collins said Jordan had tests performed Monday night after complaining of irritation on the top of his foot.

Collins said the injury is ''sort of like tendinitis.''

''Obviously, Michael is very, very disappointed tonight,'' Collins said. I don't know if I've ever seen him as disappointed as he was tonight. He wanted to play and he felt very, very badly about not being able to play. But we had to err on the side of caution.

''Michael wants to play all 82. I think what he's doing right now he's sort of fighting through the aches and pains of getting himself in shape the way he wants to be. But I think the doctors assured him that it's nothing serious.''

Rookie Brendan Haywood tore ligaments in his left thumb against Miami and did not play in the scrimmage.

Collins said Haywood will be in a cast for three weeks. His condition will be evaluated after three weeks and, if the thumb requires surgery, he could be sidelined for up to two months.

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