Gay Suspended 1 Year, Returns Olympic Silver Medal
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Sprinter Tyson Gay accepted a one-year suspension Friday after testing positive for a banned substance nearly a year ago and returned the silver medal he won in the men's 400-meter relay at the 2012 London Olympics.
The US Anti-Doping Agency announced that Gay's one-year ban began June 23, the day his sample was collected at the U.S. championships. His sanction is subject to appeal by International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) and by the World Anti-Doping Agency, USADA said Friday.
As part of the penalty, Gay, the American record-holder in the 100, also accepted loss of results dating to July 15, 2012, the date of when he first used a product that contained a banned substance. He was a member of the relay team at the London Games that finished second to a Jamaican team anchored by Usain Bolt. The Americans set a national record with a time of 37.04 seconds. Gay has given his medal back to the United States Olympic Committee.
Cabrera, Flores Tied for Lead at Quail Hollow
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Angel Cabrera hit a pair of superb short-game shots for a 3-under 69 that gave him a share of the lead with Martin Flores on Friday in the Wells Fargo Championship.
Cabrera loves Quail Hollow because he hits driver on just about every hole. But it was a pitch-and-run on the par-5 seventh hole and perfectly judged flop shot out of the rough on the next hole that enabled him to share the lead.
Flores played in the morning and had a 68. They were at 9-under 135, one shot ahead of Justin Rose, who had a 67.
Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy both went the wrong direction. Mickelson shot 75 and was seven shots behind. McIlroy shot 76 and made the cut on the number.
CHAMPIONS TOUR: Bernhard Langer birdied the final six holes for a share of the lead with Bart Bryant on Friday in the Insperity Invitational.
Langer matched Bryant at 6-under 66 at The Woodlands (Texas) Country Club. Langer won the 2007 event at Augusta Pines and successfully defended his title in 2008 at The Woodlands. The 56-year-old German player won the season-opening event in Hawaii for his 19th Champions Tour title and has 20 straight under-par rounds.
Bryant won the Dick's Sporting Goods Open last year for his lone victory on the 50-and-over tour.
Fred Couples, the 2010 winner and a former University of Houston player, had a 69. He won in March in Newport Beach, Calif.
Earnhardt Jr. Signs 3-Year Deal with Nationwide
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s team has signed a three-year sponsorship deal with Nationwide Insurance.
The agreement with the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Sprint Cup Series team was announced Friday. Nationwide will be a primary sponsor for 12 Sprint Cup races in 2015 and 13 each during the two years after that. The company also will be an associate sponsor all three seasons.
Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick says through the partnership "we'll build another program that moves the needle for their business. The opportunities are endless."
Earnhardt is a two-time Nationwide Series champion and has 20 Sprint Cup wins.
He won his second Daytona 500 in February. Earnhardt says the company has "built a strong reputation with NASCAR fans, and this opens up doors to do even more great things."