Ryan Newman replaced Martin Truex Jr. in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship Monday night when NASCAR penalized Michael Waltrip Racing for manipulating the outcome of last weekend's race at Richmond.

Michael Waltrip Racing was fined $300,000, and general manager Ty Norris received an indefinite suspension. Truex, Clint Bowyer and Brian Vickers were docked 50 points apiece -- but Bowyer's deduction does not affect his position in the Chase, which begins Sunday at Chicago.

Newman was leading with seven laps remaining Saturday night at Richmond, where a victory would have given him the final spot in the 12-driver Chase field. But Bowyer spun to bring out a caution, setting in motion a chain of events that ultimately led to Newman losing the race and Bowyer teammate Truex earning the final Chase berth.

While examining the situation, NASCAR reviewed communication between Bowyer and his Michael Waltrip Racing crew that seemed to indicate the spin was deliberate, as well as additional evidence that suggested MWR had Bowyer and Vickers take a dive over the final three laps so Joey Logano would knock Jeff Gordon out of Chase contention in yet another attempt to help Truex.

NASCAR did not adjust the standings to put Gordon into the Chase -- he was in before Bowyer's spin -- because its president, Mike Helton, said it was impossible to address all the scenarios.

NHL

Calgary Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff announced his retirement after 12 NHL seasons.

Kiprusoff, 36, made his NHL debut with the Sharks in March 2001. He spent parts of three seasons with San Jose before being traded to Calgary in November 2003 for a second-round draft pick.

Kiprusoff spent nine seasons with Calgary -- including the team's run to the 2004 Stanley Cup finals. He holds Flames records with 305 wins, 576 games played and 41 shutouts.

Men's soccer

The U.S. can assure its seventh straight World Cup appearance with two games to spare if it beats Mexico on Tuesday and Honduras defeats or ties visiting Panama. The Honduras-Panama game kicks off about the time the second half of U.S.-Mexico begins in Columbus, Ohio.

Miscellany

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said quarterback Braxton Miller, who has a sprained left knee, has yet to be cleared to play in the No. 4 Buckeyes' game at Cal on Saturday.

  • USC coach Lane Kiffin said quarterback Cody Kessler no longer will split practice work and playing time with Max Wittek. Kessler will make his third start of the season Saturday against Boston College.

  • Billionaire Chris Hansen must pay $50,000 for his role in a secretive effort to funnel money to a group trying to thwart Sacramento's efforts to build a downtown arena.