FUR­NI­TURE ROW GETS SPON­SOR­SHIP DEAL WITH BASS PRO SHOPS

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char­lotte, n.c.» Fur­ni­ture Row Rac­ing signed a spon­sor­ship agree­ment with Bass Pro Shops for Martin Truex Jr. on Tues­day.

The spon­sor­ship is for nine races this sea­son and in­cludes the sea­sonopen­ing Day­tona 500. It’s a re­union for Truex and Bass Pro, which spon­sored him from 2004-09 and was on his car when he won two Xfin­ity Se­ries cham­pi­onships.

Truex made the Chase for the Sprint Cup cham­pi­onship last year with Fur­ni­ture Row, a sin­gle-car team based in Den­ver. He ad­vanced to the fi­nal four in the Chase and raced for the ti­tle in the fi­nale.

Fur­ni­ture Row this year moved to Toy­ota and cre­ated a tech­ni­cal al­liance with fel­low Toy­ota or­ga­ni­za­tion Joe Gibbs Rac­ing.

• NAS­CAR is ex­pand­ing its Chase for­mat to in­clude its feeder se­ries.

NAS­CAR chair­man and CEO Brian France an­nounced the Xfin­ity Se­ries and the Camp­ing World Truck Se­ries will be­gin us­ing a Chase for­mat in 2016, mostly mir­ror­ing the play­off­style setup used to de­ter­mine the Sprint Cup cham­pion the last two years.

The lower-tier se­ries will fea­ture a seven-race “chase” to de­cide its cham­pion. The Cup se­ries uses a 10-race for­mat.

All three se­ries will crown a champ at Homestead-Mi­ami Speed­way. All three, how­ever, will be­gin at dif­fer­ent tracks: Chicago (Sprint Cup), Ken­tucky (Xfin­ity) and New Hamp­shire (Trucks).

Olympic ticket sales “wor­ry­ing”

B são paulo» Or­ga­niz­ers of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics and Par­a­lympics ac­knowl­edged they are dis­ap­pointed with ticket sales.

Or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee spokesman Mario An­drada said sales for the Olympic Games are “a lit­tle lower than usual.” He called the scant in­ter­est in the Par­a­lympics “a bit wor­ry­ing.”

Only about half of the 4.5 mil­lion Olympic tick­ets aimed at the do­mes­tic au­di­ence have been sold.

The num­bers are much worse for the Par­a­lympics, with only 300,000 do­mes­tic tick­ets sold out of 3 mil­lion avail­able.

Or­ga­niz­ers blame some of the prob­lem on Brazil’s deep re­ces­sion.

IAAF names Gra­cia chief

B monaco» Jean Gra­cia, a for­mer French track fed­er­a­tion of­fi­cial, has been ap­pointed as the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tions’ in­terim chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer.

The IAAF said Gra­cia will also act as in­terim gen­eral sec­re­tary un­til a per­ma­nent ap­point­ment is made “by the middle of the year.” Gra­cia will be in charge of day-to-day op­er­a­tions at the IAAF’s head­quar­ters in Monaco.

Ti­tle spon­sor­ship changes in PGA

B honolulu» North­ern Trust is mov­ing its ti­tle spon­sor­ship on the PGA Tour from Los An­ge­les to New York and will be­come the open­ing FedEx Cup play­off event next year, which could cre­ate a small domino ef­fect of spon­sors.

Bar­clays has de­cided not to re­new its ti­tle spon­sor­ship af­ter 12 years in the New York area, ac­cord­ing to two peo­ple with knowl­edge of plans for Lon­don-based Bar­clays. They spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause it had not been an­nounced.

Start­ing in 2017, the FedEx Cup play­off’s first event will be called The North­ern Trust.

Texas: Fan­tasy sites are gam­bling

B austin, texas» Texas is the lat­est state to con­sider daily fan­tasy sports sites such as DraftKings and FanDuel an il­le­gal form of gam­bling.

At­tor­ney Gen­eral Ken Pax­ton wrote in a non­bind­ing le­gal opin­ion that the pop­u­lar on­line games run afoul of ex­ist­ing Texas law. The rul­ing is an­other blow to daily fan­tasy sports oper­a­tors, though it doesn’t force the multi­bil­lion-dol­lar in­dus­try to leave Texas.

DraftKings and FanDuel have filed law­suits in other states where at­tor­neys gen­er­als have ruled against their games. Den­ver Post staff and wire ser­vices

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