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  |   March 26, 2013 at 11:15 PM
NASCAR: No penalties for Stewart, Logano

CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 26 (UPI) -- NASCAR drivers Tony Stewart and Joey Logano won't be penalized for a post-race dust-up following last weekend's Auto Club 400, racing officials said Tuesday.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Director John Darby said that while the pair "argued a little bit" on pit road at the Fontana, Calif., event, he didn't want to "micromanage drivers' emotions."

The altercation came after Logano had crashed with Denny Hamlin on the final lap of the race, allowing Kyle Busch to sneak through for the victory.

Logan confronted Stewart afterwards for blocking him when the pair were exiting pit road earlier in the event.

During the fight, Stewart pushed Logano, while Logano threw a water bottle before crew members from both teams intervened.

"You would hope in today's world that if somebody didn't win a race, they would be upset about it for whatever reason," Darby said. "That's what our drivers do is they try to win races."

Hamlin was hospitalized after the crash with a compression fracture in his lower back. He was released late Monday, still complaining of difficulty breathing, USA Today reported.


Yankees finalize trade for Vernon Wells

TAMPA, Fla., March 26 (UPI) -- The New York Yankees confirmed Tuesday they have obtained three-time all-star outfielder Vernon Wells from the Los Angeles Angels for two minor leaguers.

The previously reported trade will add Wells to a Yankees lineup depleted by injuries to star sluggers Mark Teixeira, Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson.

Under the deal, the Angels will pay around $29 million of the $42 million owed Wells owed over the next two years, the New York Daily News reported.

The 34-year-old has cracked 259 home runs over 14 major league seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays and the Angels. His production has fallen in the last two seasons with Anaheim, however -- he batted just .222 during the span.

Wells has since rebounded with a strong spring training, posting a .361 average with four homers and 11 RBI in 36 at-bats in the Cactus League.

In return, the Angels received 21-year-old outfielder Exicardo Cayones and left-handed pitcher Kramer Sneed.

Cayones batted .228 with one homer and 15 RBI for New York's Class A Staten Island affiliate in 2012, while Sneed, 24, compiled a 0-7 mark with a 5.37 ERA in 31 games for Class A Tampa last season.


Giants' Rogers reports $500K burglary

MIAMI BEACH, Fla., March 26 (UPI) -- New York Giants defensive tackle Shaun Rogers was the victim of an apparent burglary at a Miami Beach, Fla., hotel, a police report indicated Tuesday.

The 34-year-old, who spent the 2012 season on injured reserve, told police diamond earrings, wristwatches, a gold necklace and other items worth $500,000 were stolen from his room at the Fontainebleau Hotel, WFOR-TV, Miami, reported.

The Miami Beach Police Department report indicated Rogers and some friends came back to his hotel room at 7 a.m. in the company of a woman they had met earlier at the Club Liv.

Rogers said he placed the valuables in a room safe as the party continued. When he awoke at 12:30 p.m. both the woman and the jewelry were gone, he told the authorities.

WFOR-TV reported Rogers listed the missing items as diamond earrings worth $100,000; two wristwatches worth a combined $160,000; a gold necklace with gold pendant worth $50,000; gold bracelets worth $60,000; and a diamond Cuban necklace with a gold pendant worth $70,000.

The former second-round Detroit draft pick out of the University of Texas played for the Lions for seven years, followed by stints with Cleveland, New Orleans and the Giants.


Longtime Canadian, NHL coach Fleming dies

CALGARY, Alberta, March 26 (UPI) -- Longtime NHL assistant coach and Team Canada official Wayne Fleming has died at age 62 in Calgary after battling brain cancer, Hockey Canada announced Tuesday.

The group said Fleming, a native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, died Monday.

Fleming served as an assistant coach for the New York Islanders, Phoenix, Philadelphia, Calgary, Edmonton and Tampa Bay at various time during a span between 1997 and 2012.

In between, he was vice-president of hockey operations and head coach of Canada's National Men's Team, leading Team Canada behind the bench at the 2001 and 2002 IIHF World Championships while serving under Pat Quinn as the Canadiens won the 2002 Olympic gold medal in Salt Lake City.

Earlier he had worked under legendary Team Canada head coach Dave King to help the squad take a silver medal at the 1992 Winter Games in Albertville, France -- Canada's first Olympic hockey medal since winning bronze in 1968.

"Hockey Canada has lost a great friend, and the hockey world has lost not only a tremendous coach, but a wonderful man," Hockey Canada Chief Executive Bob Nicholson said. "We send our condolences to Wayne's wife, Carolyn, their four children and the rest of the Fleming family."

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