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Sunday, 06 November 2011 06:45

NASCAR has banned Kyle Busch from participating in this weekend's Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series race at Texas Motor Speedway following his intentional wrecking of Ron Hornaday Jr. in Friday night's Camping World Truck Series event.

Busch retaliated against Hornaday Jr. one lap after the two wrecked. Hornaday bumped into Busch while they were battling hard for position on lap 14. The two then made contact with the wall.

During the caution, Busch chased down Hornaday and punted the 53-year-old driver hard into the wall. Hornaday wound up finishing 34th and saw his hopes of winning a record-extending fifth championship in the Truck Series come to an end.

NASCAR officials immediately parked Busch for the remainder of the truck race. He was summoned to the NASCAR hauler for a discussion with officials following the event.

Busch met with officials again prior to Saturday morning's Sprint Cup practice. He was then informed of his suspension in Saturday's 300-mile Nationwide event and Sunday's 500-mile Sprint Cup race.

 Further penalties against Busch could be forthcoming.



The Big East followed through with its promise to hold West Virginia to rules about leaving the conference, filing a breach of contract lawsuit Friday.

The lawsuit was filed in Providence County Superior Court and seeks an order requiring West Virginia to comply with conference bylaws. It also seeks unspecified damages resulting from the school's attempt to withdraw from the conference.

It is the latest development in an increasingly bitter legal fight over conference membership.

Last week it was revealed West Virginia would join the Big 12 Conference starting with the 2012-13 season -- the fourth school to defect from the Big East in the last two months.

The Big East responded by saying it would enforce a conference bylaw that says an institution must give 27 months notice before leaving, prompting West Virginia to sue the conference Monday.

On Tuesday, after the annual meeting of the conference's presidents, Big East commissioner John Marinatto said in a statement that the conference would continue to hold WVU to the bylaw and explore "all its legal options."



Renewed confidence that the NBA lockout was nearing an end turned out to be bullish optimism as the third straight day of talks broke off Friday without a deal.


The news was even worse than that, as the NBA canceled the remaining games in November and lost any hope of having a full 82-game schedule.

Despite 22 hours of meetings over the previous two days and positive comments Thursday that indicated the sides were closer -- including one from union head Billy Hunter that they were "within striking distance" of a deal -- Day 120 of the lockout ended the same way it started.

Basketball-related income remained a sticking point between the league and players, who were still unable to agree on a split.


The NBA lockout began July 1



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