Ganassi closes Xfinity team after FBI raid on sponsor
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.
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.
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.