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Drivers reach new speeds with Gen-6 at Darlington

DARLINGTON, S.C. – Carl Edwards and several other Sprint Cup stars gave the new, faster Gen-6 race car a thumbs-up after a Goodyear tire test Tuesday at Darlington Raceway.

Edwards said his digital speedometer on his Ford Fusion hit 193 mph right before entering Turn 3, a typically unheard of speed at the ultra-tricky track.

Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr., Paul Menard and Juan Pablo Montoya also were at Darlington for the daylong session. NASCAR teams previously have tested the car at Daytona International Speedway and Charlotte Motorspeedway.


After 7 months out, Nadal wins in his doubles’ return

VINA DEL MAR, Chile – Rafael Nadal won his first match after being away for more than seven months because of a knee injury.

The former No. 1-ranked Nadal partnered with Juan Monaco to defeat the Czech pair of Frantisek Cermak and Lukas Dlouhy 6-3, 6-2 on Tuesday in the VTR clay-court tournament in the Pacific coastal resort city.

Nadal, whose left knee inflammation lingered despite on-going therapy, has not played since June 28 when he was upset in the second round of Wimbledon by qualifier Lukas Rosol.

Nadal will open singles play Wednesday against Argentine Federico Delbonis.


Carpenter gives Cardinals bad news for ’13 and beyond

ST. LOUIS – Chris Carpenter, one of the best clutch pitchers in the storied history of the St. Louis Cardinals, may have thrown his final pitch.

General manager John Mozeliak and manager Mike Matheny announced Tuesday that Carpenter almost certainly won’t pitch in 2013 and that his star-crossed career probably is over after a recurrence of a nerve injury that cost him most of last season.

Carpenter is 144-94 with a 3.76 ERA in a career that began in Toronto in 1997. He spent six seasons with the Blue Jays and nine in St. Louis. He won the 2005 NL Cy Young Award, going 21-5 with a 2.83 ERA and was second in 2009 after going 17-4 with a 2.24 ERA. More telling are his postseason results, including a 10-4 record and 3.00 ERA in 18 starts.

Arm injuries force Webb into an early MLB retirement

Brandon Webb, who won the NL Cy Young Award in 2006 and was one of the top pitchers in baseball before being beset by arm injuries, is retiring.

The 33-year-old Webb hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2009 because of shoulder problems. He came up with Arizona in 2003 and had a 2.84 ERA in 180 innings. He pitched more than 200 innings each of the next five seasons for the Diamondbacks, using his heavy sinker to win a Cy Young and earn three All-Star selections. He finished second in the Cy Young voting in both 2007 and ’08.

Hill climbs to manager of the Rockies’ top farm club

DENVER – Former Colorado Rockies first base coach Glenallen Hill will manage the organization’s top farm team in Colorado Springs this season.

Hill had coached first base with the Rockies from 2007 to 2012. Hill spent 13 seasons in the major leagues as an outfielder with seven different teams.

The Rockies announced their minor league staff Monday, including the addition of “development supervisors.”

Athletics trade with Astros in an intradivisional deal

OAKLAND, Calif. – The Oakland Athletics acquired infielder Jed Lowrie and right-hander Fernando Rodriguez from the Houston Astros for first baseman Chris Carter and two minor leaguers Monday.

Right-hander Brad Peacock and catcher Max Stassi also went to Houston in the deal between franchises that will be playing in the same division for the first time after the Astros’ move from the NL Central to the AL West in 2013.

Associated Press