ESPN, Turner to drop NASCAR coverage

ESPN and Turner Sports won’t broadcast NASCAR races after next season, Sports Business Daily is reporting.

NASCAR had more than three decades of relationships with both networks. NASCAR plans Tuesday to announce a new rights deal with NBC for the second half of the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series seasons — a package that previously had been held by ESPN.

Beginning in 2015, NBC will share NASCAR coverage with Fox, which signed an extension with NASCAR last year.

Financial terms of NBC’s deal were not available, but sources said it was as much as a 50 percent iincrease from what ESPN paid for the Sprint Cup series and half of the Nationwide Series.

Sources say Turner’s package of six Sprint Cup races, as well as the first half of the Nationwide Series, remain available. Fox is considered a likely bidder for both packages.

Turner and ESPN, which are in the seventh year of eight-year agreements valued at $2.74 billion overall, had an exclusive negotiating window with NASCAR that ended July 14. When they did not finalize extensions, NASCAR turned to NBC.

NBC’s broadcast plans are not known, but sources say the network had been pitching NASCAR on returning the Sprint Cup series to broadcast TV and could air races on Sunday afternoons on NBC prior to its “Sunday Night Football” broadcast. It also offered a chance to cross-promote NASCAR with the Olympics.

Cardinals’ Carpenter halts rehab

St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Chris Carpenter put his rehab on hold due to numbness in his right hand, CBS Sports reported Tuesday.

Carpenter started Saturday at Triple-A Memphis, touching 95 mph on the radar gun but allowing nine hits in his second minor league rehab start.

He told reporters he was disappointed in his progress after the game.

“It’s not fair to the ballclub. It’s not fair to our team,” Carpenter said. “It’s not fair to our fans. The name on my shirt and whatever I’ve done in the past doesn’t give me a free pass to go out and take somebody’s job up there. If I’m not going to help, I’m not to go up there and embarrass myself. I’ll tell you that right now. I’ve got to get sharper — bottom line.”

Report: Wade to pay $5 million divorce settlement

Dwyane Wade and his ex-wife ended six years of divorce litigation with a $5 million settlement on Monday.

Wade, who married Siohvaughn Funches-Wade in 2002 and separated from the mother of his two children in 2007, will retain custody of sons Zion and Zaire. He will not be required to make the $25,000 monthly spousal support payments ordered in 2010 but does give up the couple’s mansion in South Holland, Ill., the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

“Dwyane Wade has made several requests over the years to settle this matter, despite Ms. Funches having 16 different attorneys and 2 arrests throughout this process,” James Prtikin, Wade’s attorney, said. “Mr. Wade has provided a very generous settlement to Ms. Funches to continue to live a wonderful lifestyle for the rest of her life. Despite false allegations by Ms. Funches claiming to be ‘homeless’ and ‘destitute,’ Dwyane Wade has maintained over the years financial support to his ex-wife by providing her with income over $25,000 on a monthly basis, timely paid for her home mortgage, maintenance and security at the house, four cars, insurance, taxes and all of her attorney fees throughout this process.”

Fans invited to place pin at PGA Championship

Fans eager to man the flag at a major golf championship, warm up your voting hand.

The PGA Championship is inviting fans to decide where the pin should be placed on the par-3 15th hole for the final round of the Aug. 8-11 event at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y.

The tournament specs for the downhill 15th hole: 181 yards, par-3 with a tight green with water in play on the right of the green and bunkers guarding the left side. The hole location can make putting a real challenge.

Fans are offered four options at, where five-time PGA champion Jack Nicklaus walks through the challenges of each placement:

A) six yards from front fringe and four yards from the right fringe. Brings both the water and front left bunker into play.

B) 23 yards from the front fringe and rough and seven yards from the left fringe. Tucked closely to the middle bunker.

C) 25 yards from the front fringe and rough and four yards from right fringe and rough. Brings water hazard into play.

D) 30 yards from the front edge of the fringe and seven yards from the left fringe and rough. Plays the longest and brings the back bunker into play.

Cowboys DE Spencer to have minor knee surgery

Cowboys defensive end Anthony Spencer will have minor surgery on his left knee later this week, reports say.

An MRI confirmed a bone bruise after Spencer aggravated the knee during the team’s conditioning test Saturday. He began Sunday’s practice but was unable to finish. He is expected to be out for at least three weeks but should return in time for the season opener against the New York Giants.

Spencer has been in pain since the team’s organized team activities in May and sat out the minicamp last month to rest the knee.