Ganassi closes Xfin­ity team af­ter FBI raid on spon­sor

Merced Sun-Star (Saturday) - - Sports -

Chip Ganassi Racing shut­tered its Xfin­ity Se­ries team Fri­day af­ter the FBI raided spon­sor DC So­lar.

The team had com­mit­ted to a full sea­son with Ross Chas­tain, a wa­ter­melon farmer who caught the eye of DC So­lar’s Jeff Car­poff. Chas­tain won in Septem­ber at Las Ve­gas in a Ganassi car.

Ganassi said its NASCAR Cup Se­ries teams of Kyle Lar­son and Kurt Busch won’t be im­pacted.

Re­tired sports car

● cham­pion Scott Pruett will serve as grand mar­shal for the Rolex 24 at Day­tona.

Ten­nis

Teen makes Venus lat­est up­set vic­tim: Cana­dian teen Bianca An­dreescu knocked off an­other former No. 1, beat­ing Venus Wil­liams 6-7 (1) 6-1, 6-3 to reach the semi­fi­nals at the ASB Classic in Auck­land, New Zealand.

An­dreescu, ranked 152nd, beat top-seeded Caro­line Woz­ni­acki in the sec­ond round.

De­fend­ing champ Ju­lia Go­erges saved match point in the third set be­fore beat­ing Eu­ge­nie Bouchard 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6).

Maria Shara­pova re­tired

● from her match at the Shen­zhen (China) Open with a thigh in­jury, giving top-seeded Aryna Sabalenka a semi­fi­nal berth. Sabalenka faces Wang Yafan, who beat Mon­ica Niculescu 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-1. Ali­son Riske faces Vera Zvonareva.

Ivo Karlovic, 39, be­came

● the old­est player in 42 years to qual­ify for a tour-level fi­nal by beat­ing Steve Dar­cis 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-3 at the Ma­ha­rash­tra Open in Pune, In­dia. Karlovic will face top-seeded Kevin An­der­son, who beat de­fend­ing cham­pion Gilles Si­mon 6-3, 7-6 (3). The 43-year-old Ken Rose­wall reached the fi­nal in Hong Kong in 1977.

An­gelique Ker­ber and ●

Alexan­dar Zverev sent Ger­many to the Hop­man Cup fi­nal with straight­sets vic­to­ries over Ash Barty and Matt Eb­den of Aus­tralia in Perth, set­ting up a re­match of last year’s fi­nal against Switzer­land.

MLB

Rays shrink seat­ing: Tampa Bay is trimming ca­pac­ity of Tropicana Field by more than 5,000.

The up­per deck will be closed, re­duc­ing seat­ing to 25,000-26,000. Tampa Bay was next to last in at­ten­dance in 2018, be­hind Mi­ami, at 14,258 per game.

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