Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway has permanently banned 14 fans from buying tickets at the speedway after their arrests Sunday for throwing objects on the track after

Jeff Gordon's

victory in the Aaron's 499.

The fans were charged with disorderly conduct Sunday and posted bond at the track's jail facilities, Talladega County Sheriff Jerry Studdard said. Track officials can't prevent the 14 fans from buying tickets through a third party.

A number of fans began throwing beer cans after Gordon won the race under caution, passing the late Dale Earnhardt - a Talladega favorite - in career wins.

Talladega officials had issued warnings before the race that fans caught throwing objects over the fence separating the grandstands from the track would be arrested.

Superspeedway president Grant Lynch said identifying other fans who threw objects was harder than he had imagined.

Fans can bring small coolers into the track, and also can buy canned beverages at concession stands.

In other auto racing news:

* Race driver Tracy Hines was in stable condition after surgery for injuries from an off-road motorcycle crash Monday night on his property in New Castle, Ind. Hines broke his pelvis and left thigh, and dislocated his right knee when he crashed his motorcycle. He competes in the USAC Midget, Sprint and Silver Crown series for Tony Stewart Racing.


* The NCAA approved a rule that limits recruits to adding only one core course toward their college eligibility after they have graduated from high school. Current rules require incoming freshman to complete 14 core courses in high school. That number will increase to 16 next year. It was the latest move by the NCAA to weed out the "diploma mills," nontraditional schools that sometimes do not meet accreditation standards. The NCAA has placed those schools under greater scrutiny since learning about University High School in Miami, a correspondence school that offered diplomas to students despite having no classes or instructors and operating almost without supervision.

* The Virginia Tech team of football coach Frank Beamer and former basketball star Dell Curry won the Chick-fil-A Bowl Alma Mater golf tournament in Greensboro, Ga., a win that will benefit families of the massacre on the Virginia Tech campus. At the request of Beamer and Curry, their $100,000 first-place prize will be donated to the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund, which benefits families of the April 16 massacre.

* The father of Arizona State basketball player Aubree Johnson died in a motorcycle accident in Mexico. Tom Johnson was killed and his wife, Cyndie, was injured when their motorcycle was struck by a pickup truck in Tecate, Mexico, on Sunday, the school said. Aubree Johnson's 15-year-old brother, Jordan, died in his sleep of heart failure in November.

* Arizona basketball coach Lute Olson hired Kevin O'Neill to replace Jim Rosborough, the longtime aide who has rejected an offer to move elsewhere in the athletic department.

* Former Tulane and Miami coach Perry Clark was hired as the new basketball coach at Texas A & M-Corpus Christi.

* Former Illinois basketball player Rich McBride was told by a judge he cannot drink alcohol for 2 years as part of his sentencing for drunken driving.

* The West Virginia University men's soccer team was placed on 2 years probation.

Philly File

* Episcopal Academy center Mike Nealis has committed to play basketball at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.

Sport Stops

* Next season's figure skating Grand Prix series will start in Reading, Oct. 25-28. The prize money for each event is $180,000.

* Olympic and world champion swimmer Ian Thorpe has been granted an open-ended extension to provide medical information to Australian investigators probing irregularities in a May 2006 urine sample.

* Jaroslav Bednar scored the winning goal with 1:08 remaining to lift the Czech Republic to a 4-3 victory over the United States and the top spot in Group B at the hockey world championships in Russia. *