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Busch violated gun laws during vacation in Mexico


Kyle Busch was detained at a Mexican airport late last month when a handgun and ammunition were discovered in his luggage, the NASCAR star acknowledg­ed this week, apologizin­g for the incident and calling it “a mistake.”

Busch was sentenced this month to 3 1/2 years in prison and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine for having a gun and ammunition, a punishment handed down by a judge in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, home to beach destinatio­ns Cancun and Tulum.

The federal Attorney General's Office said the judge decided to allow a conditiona­l punishment and let Busch leave Mexico after he paid a bond. The office did not say how much he paid.

A two-time NASCAR champion and the winningest active driver in the Cup Series, Busch acknowledg­ed the situation in a Monday social media post. He said he has “a valid concealed carry permit from my local authority and adhere to all handgun laws, but I made a mistake by forgetting it was in my bag.

“Discovery of the handgun led to my detainment while the situation was resolved. I was not aware of Mexican law and had no intention of bringing a handgun into Mexico,” Busch wrote. “When it was discovered, I fully cooperated with the authoritie­s, accepted the penalties, and returned to North Carolina.

“I apologize for my mistake and appreciate the respect shown by all parties as we resolved the matter.”

A NASCAR spokespers­on said Busch is not facing any punishment. Busch finished third in Sunday's debut, a preseason exhibition in L.A.

Men's college basketball

NO. 21 UCONN UPSETS NO. 10 MARQUETTE >> Jordan Hawkins scored 20 points and Tristen Newton recorded his second triple-double of the season as No. 21 UConn (19-6, 8-6 Big East) beat No. 10 Marquette 87-72.

Newton had 12 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds for the Huskies. Tyler Kolek had 17 points to lead Marquette (19-6, 11-3), which had its fivegame winning streak snapped. NO. 18 INDIANA OUTLASTS NO. 24 RUTGERS

66-60 >> Trayce Jackson-Davis scored 20 points and had 18 rebounds in leading No. 18 Indiana (17-7, 8-5 Big Ten), past No. 24 Rutgers (16-8, 8-5). He became the sixth player in school history with 2,000 career points and the first among them who also had 1,000 rebounds.


EX-CHELSEA PLAYER RESCUED AFTER TURKEY EARTHQUAKE >> Former Chelsea and Newcastle forward Christian Atsu was rescued from the rubble of a collapsed building following the deadly earthquake that struck Turkey, the Ghana Football Associatio­n said in a Twitter post.

The Ghana internatio­nal plays for Turkish club Hatayspor. A club spokesman on Monday told Turkish media that Atsu was thought to be in a building that was brought down by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake and aftershock­s that struck southeaste­rn Turkey and neighborin­g Syria. The death toll climbed above 7,700 and was expected to rise further.

Atsu's whereabout­s and condition were unconfirme­d overnight until the Ghana FA posted an update on its official Twitter site on Tuesday saying: “We've received some positive news that Christian Atsu has been successful­ly rescued.”

Atsu was receiving treatment for undisclose­d injuries.

The quake hit early Monday and was centered in Turkey's southeaste­rn province of Kahramanma­ras. It was felt as far away as Cairo in Egypt. Multiple aftershock­s caused more destructio­n.

Later Tuesday, second-division club Yeni Malatyaspo­r confirmed that 28-year-old goalkeeper Ahmet Eyup Turkaslan died following the earthquake.

MAN CITY ACCUSED OF BREACHING FINANCIAL RULES >> Manchester City was accused by the Premier League of breaching a slew of financial rules from 2009-18, during which the club became a force in English and European soccer following its takeover by Abu Dhabi's ruling family.

The league released a long statement detailing a list of alleged breaches of regulation­s by City after a four-year investigat­ion, covering a period when the team won three Premier League titles — in 2012, 2014 and 2018.

City, the defending league champion, is accused of failing to provide “accurate financial informatio­n that gives a true and fair view of the club's financial position” between 2009-18 or give “full details of manager remunerati­on in its relevant contracts” from 2009-13. Roberto Mancini was manager during that period.


GUARDIANS HIRE FEMALE MINOR LEAGUE COACH >> Amanda Kamekona, a former star softball player at UCLA, has been hired as a minor league hitting instructor for the Cleveland Guardians. She's the first female onfield coach in team history.

Kamekona will be based at the team's year-round complex in Goodyear, Arizona, where she'll work with the team's developmen­tal players. The Guardians have an Arizona Rookie League team.

The 36-year-old's hiring continues a trend throughout Major League Baseball of teams adding female coaches to their staffs. The Guardians have had women coach mental skills, but haven't had a female instructor working on the field.

Kamekona played two years at Cal State-Fullerton before transferri­ng to UCLA in 2008. She was twice named a third-team All-American selection for UCLA.


SPARKS SIGN EX-ALL-STAR CLARENDON FROM CAL >> The Los Angeles Sparks have signed former All-Star guard Layshia Clarendon, the first openly non-binary WNBA player to a training camp contract.

Clarendon, who was a star at Cal, has averaged 7.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists during a nine-year career and was an All-Star with Atlanta in 2017.

Clarendon averaged 10.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 5.7 assists, and shot a career-best 52% from the field, in 21 games for Minnesota.

The guard from San Bernardino was drafted No. 9 overall by Indiana in the 2013 WNBA draft.

College football

IOWA-NORTHWESTE­RN GAME SET FOR WRIGLEY FIELD >> Wrigley Field will host a college football game for the third time since 2010 when Iowa plays Northweste­rn next season.

Northweste­rn and the Chicago Cubs announced that the Wildcats' home game would be played Nov. 4.

 ?? JESSICA HILL — THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ?? UConn's Tristen Newton, left, who recorded a triple-double, is fouled by Marquette's Kam Jones on Tuesday.
JESSICA HILL — THE ASSOCIATED PRESS UConn's Tristen Newton, left, who recorded a triple-double, is fouled by Marquette's Kam Jones on Tuesday.

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