Gillett Evernham Motorsports will lay off about 65 employees in several departments as part of scaling back its Nationwide Series program next season.
The No. 9 Dodge will run a partial schedule in the second-tier NASCAR series in 2009. The team will continue to field at least three Sprint Cup Series teams - for Kasey Kahne, Elliott Sadler and Reed Sorenson - and is in talks with Petty Enterprises to merge with that organization and house its famed No. 43.
GEM lost sponsor Unilever to JR Motorsports at the end of the season and doesn't have enough sponsorship in place to run the full Nationwide schedule.
* Oklahoma backup defensive tackle DeMarcus Granger has undergone back surgery and will not play in the BCS National Championship against Florida. The announcement came a day after the team said starting running back DeMarco Murray (hamstring) also will miss the Jan. 8 title game.
* Delaware junior defensive back Charles Graves was selected to the Associated Press' FCS All-America second team. Penn sophomore kicker Andrew Samson made the third team.
* CBS Corp. and Time Warner Inc. executives have discussed joining forces to bid on rights to televise the Olympics in 2014 and 2016. TV empires headed by incumbent NBC, Fox and ABC-ESPN have all said they expect to bid on the U.S. rights to the games.
* The Breeders' Cup has reversed its decision to cut financial support for certain stakes races at about 40 North American tracks after getting a barrage of complaints from the industry.
* Lindsay Davenport is pulling out of the Australian Open because she is pregnant with her second child. *