NASCAR will not penalize Martin Truex Jr. or Jimmie Johnson for failing inspection after the opening race of the playoffs.

Truex won Sunday’s race at Chicagoland Speedway and Johnson finished 12th. Both cars failed the laser inspection with infractions that should have drawn 10-point penalties.

Although the infractions were similar, NASCAR executive vice president Steve O’Donnell said the penalties would not have been equal.

Truex advanced into the second round of the playoffs with his victory, but Johnson’s chances of advancing would have been hampered by the loss of 10 points.

O’Donnell said not penalizing either driver was the fair decision.

All 16 teams in the Chase will go through the laser inspection after this Sunday’s race at New Hampshire. Only nine were inspected at Chicagoland.

Golf

Ellen Port moved into position for her third U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur title and seventh USGA championship, winning two matches on her 55th birthday to reach the final at Wellesley, Mass.

Port, from St. Louis, beat Lisa Schlesinger of Laytonsville, Maryland, 2 and 1 in the quarterfinals at Wellesley Country Club and outlasted Laura Coble of Augusta, Georgia, in 19 holes in the semifinals.

Port won in 2012 and 2013 after taking U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur titles in 1995, 1996, 2000 and 2011. She will face 55-year-old Andrea Kraus of Baltimore in the final.

Kraus needed extra holes in both matches, topping Canada’s Judith Kyrinis in 21 holes in the quarterfinals and Karen Garcia of Cool, California, in 19 holes in the semifinals.

Soccer

Barcelona says Lionel Messi will be out for three weeks with a groin strain in his right leg.

The Argentina star walked off in the 58th minute of the Spanish league match against Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou that ended 1-1.

Messi asked to be substitute moments after a sprint while challenging for the ball with Diego Godin. He appeared to grimace while touching his right thigh.

Arda Turan replaced him after a hasty warm-up.

If Messi recovers within the three-week time frame given by the team, he will be back in time for Barcelona’s highly-anticipated match against Manchester City in the Champions League on Oct. 19.

Hockey

Henrik Lundqvist made 45 saves and Sweden wrapped up the top seed in Group B and a spot in the World Cup of Hockey semifinals by reaching overtime in a 4-3 loss to Team North America at Toronto.

Nathan MacKinnon scored the winner after back-and-forth 3-on-3 play.

Basketball

Christian Laettner could avoid bankruptcy after reaching a deal with his creditors.

Court records in Durham, N.C., say the NBA player and Duke All-American and his creditors have reached a settlement, and Laettner’s attorneys have filed a motion in U.S. Bankruptcy Court to dismiss the involuntary bankruptcy proceedings against him.

Laettner and some partners helped develop Durham’s West Village, a mix of apartments and commercial space, and it was sold earlier this year. One of Laettner’s Washington-based attorneys, Hassan Zavareei, said in a statement that some of the proceeds from that sale will be divided among his creditors.

Olympics

Refusing to put up with more debt in a city besieged by corruption and poor public services, Mayor Virginia Raggi rejected Rome’s bid for the 2024 Olympics, effectively dooming the capital’s candidacy for the second time in four years.

“This city is unlivable,” Raggi said. “We need to focus on that. We have a much more ambitious project for Rome than the one for the 2024 Games.’’

Tennis

Stan Wawrinka is back on court after winning the U.S. Open, and he’s kept up his winning ways.

The Swiss world No. 3 needed just 57 minutes to win 6-3, 6-1 against Czech player Lukas Rosol in the second round of the St. Petersburg Open at St. Petersburg, Russia after receiving a first-round bye.

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