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Associated Press
BROOKLYN, Mich. ó Jack Roush drew a few laughs after his teamís NASCAR Nationwide victory, when he was asked his view of the fine handed down to fellow owner Richard Childress.
Childress was fined $150,000 earlier this month for an altercation with Kyle Busch at Kansas Speedway. Childress was upset that Busch bumped into Joey Coulter on the cool-down lap after a race.
ěIt was pretty high,î Roush said about the fine. ěI guess that pretty much puts the nail in the coffin of, ëHave at it, guys.í Maybe that was a boy and a man. I am not sure. Maybe that is different than the boys having at it.î
Carl Edwards, Saturdayís winning driver, needled Roush for providing such a sound bite, but his owner made it clear whose side he was on.
ěKyle has been pretty rough on my cars over a period of time and for Richard to stand up for himself was OK,î Roush said.
Of course, that doesnít mean heíd have done the same thing.
ěI have some plates in my face right now and some serious injuries I am dealt with,î Roush said. ěI think my fighting days are over.î
BASEBALL BRUINS
BOSTON ó The Boston Red Sox have honored the Stanley Cup champion Bruins with a 15-minute on-field ceremony before Sunday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Members of the Bruins, who captured the Cup with a Game 7 win over Vancouver on Wednesday, rode in on four Duck Boats ó as they did in a parade through the street of Boston on Saturday.
As they entered, Bruins players, dressed in their black jerseys, threw soft baseballs and pucks to the fans in Fenway Park.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
ARLINGTON, Texas ó College footballís bowl schedule has been released for the 2011-12 season, featuring 35 games over 23 days and ending with the BCS national championship game Jan. 9 in New Orleans.
The Football Bowl Association says the bowl season will open Dec. 17 with three games ó the New Mexico Bowl, the Humanitarian Bowl and the New Orleans Bowl.
The traditional bowl date of Jan. 1 will have no games since it falls on a Sunday, when the NFL plays a full schedule of games to close its regular season.
The Rose Bowl is Jan. 2, the Sugar is Jan. 3, the Orange is Jan. 4 and the Fiesta is Jan. 5.
NFL
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. ó Tiki Barber says failures off the field after his retirement from football in 2006 led to a yearlong bout with depression.
The 36-year-old Barber, the New York Giants’ career leading rusher, acknowledged in an HBO report to be aired Tuesday that he now needs football more than it needs him.
Barber has spent the past four months working out in an attempt to make a comeback, although his chances rest on the league and its players reaching a new collective bargaining agreement.
Barber said football represents a necessary anchor in a life turned upside down by the depressive aftermath of scandalous divorce and disintegration of his television career.
“The game never needs you because there’s always someone else to come and take your place,” he said. “But right now, I need the game.”
NBA
BEIJING ó Yao Ming is staying tightlipped about his future once his contract with the Houston Rockets expires at the end of this month.
The oft-injured center declined to answer questions about his plans at an appearance Sunday, saying he didn’t want to discuss anything not related to his work with the charity.
He said previously he hoped to stay with Houston, now coached by Kevin McHale.
The 7-foot-6 All-Star has said doctors tell him his surgically repaired left ankle is healing properly, but that he won’t know before later this summer if he will be able to play next season. He becomes a restricted free agent July 1.
Injuries have limited Yao to just five games since the 2008-09 season.

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