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Hats off to Robby Gordon

Robby Gordon is auctioning off the helmet he threw at Michael Waltrip, with all proceeds going to a relief fund for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Gordon started a one-week auction for the helmet Tuesday on eBay. The winning bid will go to the Harrah's Employee Relief Fund.

"People started asking me almost immediately after the race if they could have my helmet, and rather than just giving it away, we'll use it to raise more money," Gordon said. "Obviously I'm still angry about getting wrecked intentionally, but at the end of the day I still have a house to go home to which is a lot more than a lot of people can say.

"I hope people will dig deep and think of the big picture when they're bidding on the helmet."

Gordon was fined a total of $35,000 and docked 50 driver points by NASCAR for retaliating against Waltrip during Sunday's race in New Hampshire.


Stewart fumes at Lowe's

NASCAR points leader Tony Stewart crashed during a test session at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., raising serious questions about the track surface.

Stewart crashed his Chevrolet after running just a handful of laps, then ended his session because of a headache. He met briefly with track President Humpy Wheeler before heading home.

Wheeler used a grinding process called "levigating" in the turns of the track earlier this year to smooth out the trademark bumps in an effort to foster more side-by-side racing. After a NASCAR-record 22 cautions during the May race, Wheeler went back and levigated the rest of the surface.

None of the drivers participating in Tuesday's test session think the changes helped.

"I don't remember any of the drivers asking for changes," Stewart told reporters before leaving. "You've got to give Humpy credit for trying to make the track better. He actually made it worse instead."


ABA team signs Cyrus

Caswell Cyrus, a power forward who was part of St. Bonaventure's NCAA Tournament team in 2000, signed a contract with Rochester in the American Basketball Association.

Cyrus played pro ball in France in 2000-2001, but a knee injury cut short his career. He is the Bonnies' all-time leader in blocked shots (289) and ranks 12th all-time in rebounds (680).

The RazorSharks will open the season in Rochester's Blue Cross Arena on Nov. 5 against the Buffalo Rapids in a matchup of two first-year teams.


Around & about

* The Sugar Bowl will be played in either Baton Rouge, La., or Atlanta after being forced out of the Superdome in New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina. Sugar Bowl officials said Tuesday they will know in about three weeks whether Louisiana has recovered sufficiently to keep the game in the state where it has been played every year since it was established in 1935.

* The NCAA is requiring bowl games to ban the "hostile" or "abusive" use of American Indian nicknames, mascots and logos beginning next year. On Tuesday, the NCAA announced it's extending its prohibition to include bowl games. The decision was made after Bowl Championship Series officials sought a ruling after determining it could not impose the prohibition, NCAA spokesman Bob Williams said. Only one Division I-A school, the University of Illinois, will be affected.

* Joe Bauman, whose 72 minor-league home runs in 1954 stood as a professional baseball record until Barry Bonds hit 73 in 2001, died Tuesday. He was 83.

Compiled from News and wire service reports.

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