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In Brief: NASCAR Team, driver face penalties

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR issued another set of penalties Wednesday for illegal modifications to its second-year Next Gen car, this time against Legacy Motor Club and driver Eric Jones.

NASCAR said the team modified the greenhouse on the No. 43 Chevrolet and fined crew chief Dave Elenz $75,000 and suspended him one race. Both Legacy and Jones were also docked 60 points and five NASCAR playoff points.

NASCAR has taken a zero tolerance stance on modifications to its new car, which debuted last year and is largely a spec vehicle with single-source vendor parts.

An emphasized written deterrence system was created with penalties clearly laid out for altering the Next Gen. Last week, NASCAR docked 120 points from both Chase Briscoe and Stewart-Haas Racing and stripped Briscoe of 25 playoff points. Crew chief John Klausmeier was suspended six races and fined $250,000.

COACHES GET 2ND CHALLENGE

MIAMI (AP) — NBA coaches may soon get to challenge two calls in a game instead of just one, the league revealed Wednesday.

The current rule gives coaches one challenge per game, whether they’re right or not. The league’s competition committee is weighing whether coaches should be rewarded with a second challenge opportunity to use later in the game if the first one is deemed successful.

The NBA’s competition committee will discuss the matter further at its meeting Thursday in Miami. It would then go to the league’s Board of Governors, and tested in summer league before being implemented.

PLAYER TAKES BREAK TO BECOME A DAD

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Brandon Montour took a baby break between the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final.

With wife Ryian going into labor earlier than expected, the Panthers defenseman left Las Vegas not long after the series opener and flew back to Florida on a private jet. Montour made it in time to be there for the birth of the couple’s first child, a son they named Kai.

Montour returned for Game 2 and played 26:13, the most of anyone on either team.

Game 3 is set for 7 p.m. EDT Thursday, with the Panthers trailing the Golden Knights 2-0 in the best-of-seven series.

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