From news services Dario Franchitti will make his Busch Series debut Saturday at Memphis Motorsports Park. It will be the third NASCAR race for Franchitti, the reigning IndyCar Series champion who is moving to NASCAR full-time next season. He’s already raced in an ARCA event at Talladega and made his NASCAR debut Saturday in the Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway. … Jeremy Mayfield will take over a new NASCAR Nextel Cup ride four races early, replacing Jeff Green in the No. 66 Haas CNC Racing entry for the rest of the season. Mayfield is leaving Bill Davis Racing, and the No. 36 BDR ride he is giving up will be shared for now by Craftsman Truck series regulars Mike Skinner and Johnny Benson. Kimi Raikkonen will keep the Formula One drivers’ title – for now. McLaren confirmed it will appeal FIA’s decision not to penalize four drivers investigated for fuel irregularities following the Brazilian Grand Prix won by Raikkonen. The ruling by the sport’s governing body meant that Lewis Hamilton remained the seventh-place finisher Sunday, two spots lower than he needed to win the title in the season-ending race. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.After the race, FIA opened an investigation of BMW-Sauber and Williams, whose drivers finished fourth, fifth, sixth and 10th. If at least two of the three ahead of Hamilton were punished, he would take the title from Raikkonen. FIA concluded that there was not enough evidence to penalize the drivers or the teams. “We were surprised at, and don’t really understand the stewards’ decision,” McLaren’s Martin Whitmarsh told the British Press Association. ETC.: Indianapolis 500 winner Miscellany The Cuban government said it will deny entry visas to Brazilian legislators wanting to meet with the two Cuban boxers who were recently deported from Brazil. The congressmen wanted to meet with Guillermo Rigondeaux and Erislandy Lara, who abandoned the Cuban delegation at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro on July 22 and failed to appear for their weigh-ins. They were arrested 11 days later for overstaying their visas and sent back to Cuba a few days later. The International Boxing Association hopes to launch its own world league of boxing as early as next year and bring amateurs and professional fighters under one organization. On the eve of the World Boxing Championships, delegates to the AIBA congress endorsed a long list of recommended reforms, including one to create the boxing league. “They said, `AIBA, go make this happen if you can,”‘ USA Boxing chairman Tom Virgets said at the meeting in Chicago. Pat McQuaid, head of cycling’s governing body, warned that the sport risks becoming a “travesty” and “fraud” unless it unites to fight doping. In a Paris conference attended by the sport’s divided leadership, McQuaid urged colleagues to move past their differences and recognize the survival of cycling is at stake. “We are here because we share a common determination to stamp out doping in our sport,” said McQuaid, who has been criticized by Tour de France and anti-doping officials. Jim Mitchell, a Pro Bowl tight end for the Atlanta Falcons in the ’60s and ’70s, died after suffering an apparent heart attack at his home in Shelbyville, Tenn. A friend found Mitchell unconscious on the front steps of his home Saturday morning, the Shelbyville Times-Gazette reported. He later died at a hospital. Mitchell, who had turned 60 on Friday, suffered from diabetes in recent years, eventually losing his eyesight. Mitchell played for the Falcons from 1969-79 and was named to the Pro Bowl following the 1969 and 1972 seasons. He ranks fourth in Falcons history with 305 career receptions and 4,358 yards receiving. Kara Lawson scored 20 points of the bench to lead the U.S. Select Team to a 93-49 win over the Canberra Capitals in their opening game at the FIBA World League Tournament in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Janel McCarville added 15 points, Diana Taurasi had 12, Cappie Pondexter 11 and Taj McWilliams-Franklin 10. The select team consists of eight players from the national team who are candidates for the 2008 U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team. Arron Oberholser pulled out of the World Cup with a recurring hand injury that will require surgery, and PGA Tour officials were searching for a replacement for the U.S. team. France’s Marc Gicquel upset second-seeded Tommy Robredo of Spain, 6-4, 7-6 (4), in the opening round of the Lyon Grand Prix in France. It was Gicquel’s first win against an opponent ranked in the ATP top 10 in six tries. American Mardy Fish also scored a first-round upset, beating seventh-seeded Spaniard Nicolas Almagro, 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4). ETC.: Former Australian Open champion Thomas Johansson was upset by Ernests Gulbis, 6-2, 6-1, in the first round of the St. Petersburg Open in Russia. Former Australian Open champion Thomas Johansson also was upset, losing to Ernests Gulbis, 6-2, 6-1, in the first round. … Boxing Cycling Deaths Basketball Golf Tennis Alona Bondarenko beat Martina Muller of Germany, 6-3, 6-0, in the first round of the Generali Ladies in . Linz, Austria Jurisprudence The Golden Gate Yacht Club argued in a New York courtroom that the Swiss winners of the 2007 America’s Cup have been trying to rig the rules of next year’s race to help their chances of winning again.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!