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CHAR­LOTTE, N.C.» Kyle Lar­son has lost his Cup series lead and his crew chief has been sus­pended after fail­ing a pos­trace in­spec­tion at Ken­tucky.

Lar­son’s team was pe­nal­ized 35 points Wed­nes­day, eras­ing what had been a one-point ad­van­tage over FRR’s Martin Truex Jr. in the driver stand­ings. Lar­son is still 66 points ahead of third-place Kyle Busch.

Lar­son’s No. 42 Chevro­let was pe­nal­ized for a rear brake cool­ing as­sem­bly that did not meet stan­dards. Crew chief Chad John­ston was sus­pended three races and fined $75,000. He will miss Cup races start­ing this week­end at New Hamp­shire.

Chip Ganassi Rac­ing said it will not ap­peal NASCAR’s penalty.

NASCAR also fined Busch’s crew chief, Adam Stevens, $10,000 after an un­se­cured lug nut was found in pos­trace in­spec­tion.

• The ESPY for best driver went to Lewis Hamil­ton of For­mula One. Truex, NASCAR star Jim­mie John­son, Si­mon Pa­ge­naud (IndyCar) and Ron Capps (NHRA funny car) were the other nom­i­nees.

• NASCAR pro­moted Brent De­war from chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer to pres­i­dent.

Fan­tasy sports bet­ting merger called off. BOS­TON»

The two top com­pa­nies in daily fan­tasy sports are back­ing out of a pro­posed merger one month after fed­eral reg­u­la­tors sued to block it.

The CEOs for DraftKings and FanDuel said they were mov­ing for­ward sep­a­rately in the best in­ter­ests of their cus­tomers, em­ploy­ees and in­vestors. The Fed­eral Trade Com­mis­sion op­posed the merger last month, say­ing it would cre­ate a com­pany con­trol­ling more than 90 per­cent of the U.S. mar­ket for paid daily fan­tasy sports.

The long­time ri­vals an­nounced their merger last Novem­ber. An FTC spokes­woman didn’t im­me­di­ately com­ment.

Chan­dler, Mu­diay among play­ers to join NBA Africa Game.

NEW YORK» Den­ver’s Wil­son Chan­dler, DeMar­cus Cousins of the New Or­leans Pel­i­cans and Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks will play for Team World in the NBA Africa Game.

Dirk Now­itzki and Kemba Walker had al­ready been cho­sen as cap­tains for Team World. The squad in­cludes Port­land’s CJ McCol­lum, Toronto’s Kyle Lowry, Detroit’s An­dre Drum­mond, Bos­ton’s Jaylen Brown, New York’s Court­ney Lee and Le­an­dro Bar­bosa, who most re­cently played with Phoenix.

The ros­ters were an­nounced for the sec­ond game fea­tur­ing play­ers born in Africa and sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion African play­ers against a team from the rest of the world. It will be played Aug. 5 in Jo­han­nes­burg.

Team Africa, cap­tained by Luol Deng and Thabo Se­folosha, will be rounded out by Den­ver’s Em­manuel Mu­diay, In­di­ana’s Vic­tor Oladipo, At­lanta’s Den­nis Schroder, Or­lando’s Bis­mack Biy­ombo, Hous­ton’s Clint Capela, Min­nesota’s Gorgui Dieng, Toronto’s Serge Ibaka, Luc Mbah a Moute, most re­cently with the Clip­pers and Dal­las’ Salah Me­jri. Phil­a­del­phia’s Joel Em­biid, from Cameroon, is on the ros­ter but won’t play be­cause he is re­cov­er­ing from in­jury.

Wy­oming’s Win­gard on watch list.

LARAMIE» Wy­oming ju­nior safety An­drew Win­gard has been named to the Bronko Nagurski Tro­phy watch list.

The Nagurski Tro­phy rec­og­nizes the de­fen­sive player of the year in col­lege foot­ball. The win­ner will be an­nounced Dec. 4.


Colorado State women’s golf coach An­nie Young an­nounced the ad­di­tion of Tommy Baker to the staff as an as­sis­tant . ... Leon Hay­ward, an as­sis­tant coach with the Bloom­ing­ton Thun­der of the United States Hockey League, has been named to the same po­si­tion with the Colorado Col­lege hockey pro­gram, Tigers head coach Mike Hav­i­land an­nounced. — Den­ver Post staff and wire ser­vices

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