Briefs: Ashley Force starts sixth in NHRA professional debut

first_imgThe gold medal went to Daniel Albrecht, who was seventh after the downhill leg but had a near-perfect slalom run for a combined time of 2 minutes, 28.99 seconds. BASEBALL: Commissioner Bud Selig y San Francisco Giants games if and when Barry Bonds closes in on . Selig insisted that Major League Baseball would celebrate Bonds’ potential feat exactly as it does any other major milestone, such as a pitcher’s 300th win. “I wasn’t there when Roger Clemens won his 300th game. That’s a matter I’ll determine at some point in the future,” Selig said. “Let me say it, and I’m not going to say anymore. That’s it.” wouldn’t say whether he would attend an Hank Aaron’s home run record Right-hander Bronson Arroyo and Cincinnati agreed to a $25 million, two-year contract extension through 2010. Outfielder Shannon Stewart and Oakland agreed to a $1million, one-year contract. CYCLING: Floyd Landis will skip the Tour de France – and all races in France until 2008. In return, the French anti- doping agency postponed its decision on whether to suspend him from competing in France for a maximum of two years because of a positive doping test. FIGURE SKATING: Tanith Belbin overcame a wardrobe malfunction, untangling herself from a torn dress and going on to win the original dance at Four Continents in Colorado Springs, Colo., with partner Benjamin Agosto. Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo wrapped up the pairs title. TENNIS: Former U.S. Open champion Kim Clijsters may miss the French Open and limit her farewell season further to reduce the risk of injury. She also said she will skip the Pacific Life Open at Indian Wells, from March 5-18 so she can play in the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami. She won both Tier I events in 2005. Serena Williams has agreed to play for the U.S. Fed Cup team for the first time since 2003 – joining older sister Venus on the squad that faces Belgium in the first round in April. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Ashley Force made her much-anticipated professional debut Thursday, finishing sixth in the first round of Funny Car qualifying in the NHRA’s season-opening CARQUEST Winternationals in Pomona. Force, the 24-year-old daughter of 14-time Funny Car champion John Force, had a quarter-mile run of 4.810 seconds at 281.19 mph in her Castrol/Auto Club Ford Mustang. center_img “It was a little more nerve racking than I had expected,” she said. “Up until that point I was pretty relaxed about it. I understand the starting line (procedure). … But once I got up there, seeing Dad run around like a chicken with his head cut off, I tried so hard to be calm and he was the one making me the most nervous.” SKIING: Leading after the downhill leg of the world championships combined event, Bode Miller was on track for a medal, perhaps gold, until he inexplicably slowed down in the final gates of the slalom and finished sixth in Are, Sweden. last_img read more