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Sports Briefs, Oct. 14, 2011

200 cars primed to race at Wiscasset

At least 200 cars will converge on Wiscasset Raceway on Saturday for a day of racing at the track, which didn’t operate this season due to financial issues that forced owner Doug White to put the track up for sale.

Dale Chadbourne, who raced at the track from 1969-2001, said he has been “amazed” at the turnout for the event, which was scheduled to prevent the Wiscasset planning board from implementing more stringent noise ordinances that could make the track more difficult to sell.

There will be 12-15 classes and all the money raised will be used to repay the sponsors. Any money left over will go to the drivers. Practice will begin at 9 a.m., the heat races will start at 11 and the features will go off at 1:55 p.m.

Chadbourne said the races won’t be long “because we don’t want the drivers to have to buy new tires.”


LeBron James takes his talents to Liverpool

LIVERPOOL, England — LeBron James took his talents to Liverpool on Friday — and finally got his hands on a championship trophy.

The Miami Heat star toured the Premier League club’s facilities for the first time since becoming a shareholder of the 18-time English champions. James held up the Champions League trophy won by Liverpool in 2005 and posted a picture on Twitter of a red No. 6 jersey with his name on it.

The two-time MVP will sit in the directors’ box at Anfield Stadium for Saturday’s Premier League match against Liverpool rival Manchester United.


AP Source: Philadelphia 76ers sale approved

PHILADELPHIA — A person familiar with the deal says the sale of the Philadelphia 76ers has been approved by the NBA Board of Governors.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the sale has not yet closed. That could happen early next week.

The sale was approved by the board this week, paving the way for New York-based leveraged buyout specialist Joshua Harris to take control of the franchise. It ends Comcast-Spectacor’s 15-year run of ownership that included a trip to the NBA finals.


Roddick loses, Murray advances at Shanghai

SHANGHAI — Andy Roddick lost to David Ferrer 6-7 (5), 6-2, 7-6 (2) Friday, while Andy Murray eased into the semifinals with a 6-3, 6-2 win over qualifier Matthew Ebden at the Shanghai Masters.

The second-seeded Scot has won 23 of his last 24 matches since mid-August, with the only loss coming to Rafael Nadal in the semifinals of the U.S. Open. He’s attempting to win his third title in as many weeks.

Ferrer had a string of errors to drop the first-set tiebreaker in his match, but he cleaned up his game in the second set, striking winners off the forehand and backhand side to break Roddick twice.

The 15th-ranked American had an opportunity to go up early in the third, but he wasted three break points on Ferrer’s first service game — and never challenged the Spaniard’s serve again.


FIFA bans Jamaica’s Burrell in bribery plot

ZURICH — A senior soccer official from Jamaica received a six-month ban from FIFA for his part in a bribery conspiracy involving former presidential candidate Mohamed bin Hammam.

Horace Burrell is a longtime ally of former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner and the president of Jamaica’s federation. Burrell must now withdraw his candidacy in the Caribbean Football Union presidential election next month.

Since the bribery scandal broke in May, the CONCACAF continental body has had three top elected Caribbean officials — Warner, Burrell and Lisle Austin — either resign while under investigation or be banned by FIFA.


Winfield doubtful for Bears game

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield is listed as doubtful for the game Sunday night against Chicago, meaning it is likely he will miss his second straight week because of a neck injury.

Winfield did not practice all week, but did do some sprints Friday as he tries to work his way back. Coach Leslie Frazier says Winfield would have to show significant improvement by Saturday to be considered for the game.


Blues’ McDonald to be evaluated

ST. LOUIS — Blues forward Andy McDonald has returned to St. Louis to be evaluated for a possible concussion.

McDonald was hurt in the second period of a 3-2 loss Thursday night at Dallas. He was bumped from behind by teammate Nikita Nikitin, then hit in the head by the Stars’ Vernon Fiddler. He missed 24 games with a concussion last season after a hit Dec. 4 in Edmonton.


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