NASCAR champion

Kevin Harvick

has been named driver of the year by a panel of broadcasters and journalists.

Harvick won the final two races of the season to earn his first career Sprint Cup title. He won five races in his first season with Stewart-Haas Racing, including three in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

Harvick received 13 of the 16 votes cast by motorsports journalists, who vote for just one driver. IndyCar champion Will Power, Nationwide Series champion Chase Elliott, and World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz received one vote each.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL Iowa State star Bryce Dejean-Jones was suspended for Friday's game against rival Iowa after being charged with misdemeanors of conducting a nuisance party and violating the noise ordinance. Coach Fred Hoiberg said he decided to suspend Dejean-Jones for the game between the 14th-ranked Cyclones (6-1) and Iowa (8-2).

GOLF Jason Day and Cameron Tringale shot a 17-under 55 in the first-round scramble to take a 2-stroke lead in the Franklin Templeton Shootout. Day and Tringale tied the tournament scramble record last accomplished by tournament host Greg Norman and Steve Elkington in 2005.

Defending champions Matt Kuchar and Harris English opened with a 57 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Fla. All 12 teams were 11 under or better. The teams will play a modified alternate shot Friday and a better-ball round Saturday.

Australia's Marcus Fraser chipped in for birdie on the 18th hole for a 3-under 69 and a share of the first-round lead in the Thailand Golf Championship in Chonburi. Local player Thanyakorn Khrongpha, Canada's Richard Lee, and Taiwan's Lu Wei-chih also shot 69. England's Lee Westwood had a 70; defending champion Sergio Garcia of Spain was another stroke back, along with Germany's Martin Kaymer; and Masters champion Bubba Watson had a 76.

South Korean's Jin Jeong birdied three of six holes in the completion of the suspended first round for a 7-under 65 and a 1-stroke lead in the Australian PGA. American Boo Weekley opened with a 66, and defending champion Adam Scott had a 68.

SAILING The Court of Arbitration for Sport has reduced sailor Dirk de Ridder's suspension from three years to 18 months. De Ridder was suspended by the International Sailing Federation for his alleged involvement in the manipulation of the weight distribution of boats sailed by Oracle Team USA in warm-up regattas prior to the 2013 America's Cup.

BOXING Fyodor Chudinov (12-0) knocked out Australian fighter Ben McCulloch (14-1) to win the vacant WBA interim super-middleweight belt in Moscow. Chudinov, brother of interim WBA middleweight champion Dmitry Chudinov, has 10 wins by knockout.

SOCCER D.C. United forward Fabian Espindola has been suspended by the MLS for six games and fined because he shoved a game official following a playoff game last month. Espindola will miss the first six games of the regular season. - Associated Press