- The Washington Times - Friday, May 8, 2009

Virginia police say former NASCAR driver Kevin Grubb died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Henrico County Police spokesman Lt. Doug Perry said Thursday that Grubb’s body was found by personnel at the Richmond-area Alpine Motel on Wednesday.

Perry said they found no indication of any drug use inside the room, but toxicology results may not be available for up to six weeks.

The 31-year-old was suspended from NASCAR indefinitely in 2006 because he refused to submit to a random drug test following the Busch Series race at Richmond International Raceway. He was previously suspended in March 2004 for failing a drug test.

m COLLEGES: Court documents say the seven former Toledo athletes charged in a point-shaving scheme talked and met several times with two suburban Detroit men who bet large amounts on Toledo basketball and football games. A federal indictment in Detroit says Ghazi Manni of Sterling Heights, Mich., met with players near Toledo’s football stadium and a casino in Detroit. Manni and Mitchell Karam of Troy, Mich., are charged with conspiring to influence sporting contests.

m FOOTBALL: The Cincinnati Bengals signed veteran safety Roy Williams, a five-time Pro Bowl player who was released by the Dallas Cowboys in March. Also, in a move to boost their depth at running back, the Bengals acquired Brian Leonard in a trade with the St. Louis Rams for reserve defensive tackle Orien Harris. …

The Miami Dolphins are renaming their home Landshark Stadium as part of a partnership with singer Jimmy Buffett. The name is the fifth since the stadium opened in 1987.

m SHORT TAKES: The NHL says it has been in control of the Phoenix Coyotes franchise since November and is asking a federal judge to throw out the team’s bankruptcy filing. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly says Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes signed documents giving control of the team to the league. …

Dinara Safina rallied to beat Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 and reach the semifinals of the Italian Open in Rome, while Venus Williams breezed past Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1, 6-2. …

Lance Armstrong has received “high interest” from sponsors willing to back his cycling team if he takes over control of financially strapped Astana. Astana receives most of its financial support from Kazakh state holding company Samruk-Kazyna, but the Central Asian nation’s economy has been badly hit by the global financial crisis. The team has not paid its employees lately. …

The Mexican soccer federation will allow fans to attend professional soccer games this weekend. All 176 pro games across the country were played behind closed doors last weekend because of the swine flu outbreak.

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