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Auto racing

CREW CHIEF HIRED: Hall of Fame Racing made its first hire Tuesday when it tabbed Philippe Lopez to build the NASCAR team owned by former Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman.

Lopez was hired as a crew chief, and will be in charge of getting the Nextel Cup team ready to debut next season.

Hall of Fame Racing also hired Len Batycki as vice president of marketing and John Fuller as comptroller.

Golf

RULES REVISED: The rule that got Mark Roe disqualified from the British Open two years ago when he forgot to swap scorecards with Jesper Parnevik has been revised to allow officials to correct the mistake without penalty.

That was among the 111 amendments to the "Decisions on the Rules of Golf," which take effect Jan. 1. Other changes allow for measuring devices, such as GPS systems or rangefinders, to be used at the discretion of tournament organizers. The Tight Lies Tour began using a GPS system this year for players who can't afford caddies, hoping it would speed play. The PGA and European tours, among other top circuits, allow caddies or players to use rangefinders only during practice rounds.

The U.S. Golf Association and the Royal & Ancient Golf Club also agreed to add a decision that would allow players to stand square to the hole if their intent is to stay out of another player's line.

Hockey

FLU MYSTERY: A day after their dressing room was cleaned and disinfected as a precaution, the flu-ridden Columbus Blue Jackets returned to the ice Tuesday on wobbly legs. About three-quarters of the 39-man roster complained of fever, aches and pains, headache, dizziness and upset stomachs last weekend. Because of the number of sick players, the dressing room was closed Monday. The Blue Jackets were expected to be near full strength for Tuesday night's exhibition game at Pittsburgh.

PLAYERS REASSIGNED: Chris Bourque, the son of retired All-Star defenseman Ray Bourque, was among five forwards the Washington Capitals assigned to their AHL affiliate Tuesday.

Jared Aulin, Eric Fehr, Jakub Klepis and Dave Steckel also were sent to the Hershey Bears. Defenseman Jeff Schultz was assigned to junior club Calgary of the Western Hockey League.

Chris Bourque, a left wing, was a second-round draft pick last year. He played one season at Boston University.

Football

PLAYER PUNISHED: Sacramento State football player James Henderson has been reprimanded and suspended for his actions in the Hornets' 37-7 loss to UC Davis last Saturday. Henderson was ejected in the second half for a flagrant act. He will be suspended for the first half of Sacramento State's Big Sky game on Saturday against Northern Arizona.

Soccer

REFEREE SUSPENDED: FIFA suspended Brazilian referee Edilson Pereira de Carvalho, who is suspected of taking bribes. Soccer's governing body announced the suspension Tuesday, a day after the president of the Brazilian soccer federation assured fans the country's national soccer championship would continue. Carvalho was arrested Saturday, a day after the news weekly Veja reported on a federal investigation into a corruption scheme run by Internet betting sites. Carvalho allegedly was paid to "guarantee" certain results.