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Names in the games: Tony Stewart, Browns QBs, WVU golf

Stewart to sit out again after dirt-car death

Tony Stewart says he will not race Sunday at Michigan International Speedway, skipping a second straight NASCAR Sprint Cup race since striking and killing a driver in a dirt-track race at a small New York track.

Stewart announced the decision Thursday. His plans for the rest of the season have not been determined.

Jeff Burton will drive Stewart’s No. 14 Chevrolet in Michigan.

Stewart also sat out Sunday at Watkins Glen, a day after he struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. during a sprint car event in Canandaigua, N.Y. After Stewart clipped Ward’s car, sending it spinning, Ward got out of the car during the caution period, walked down the track and was hit by Stewart.

Ward’s funeral was Thursday in Boonville, N.Y.

Browns starting Hoyer again over Manziel

Browns coach Mike Pettine has chosen Brian Hoyer to start at quarterback ahead of Johnny Manziel in Cleveland’s second exhibition game Monday night at Washington.

Hoyer started the preseason opener last week at Detroit. Pettine has said the two quarterbacks will share the snaps with Cleveland’s first-team offense against the Redskins.

Pettine wants to name his starter for the Sept. 7 season opener at Pittsburgh before the Browns’ third preseason game on Aug. 23.

WVU golf team gets first batch of recruits

West Virginia’s first golf team officially has a roster, even if the team won’t begin playing for another year.

Sean Covich, hired to coach the team when it resumes play after a three-decade absence, announced four recruits Thursday, all of whom will redshirt this year. They are Easton Renwick of Punxsutawney, Pa.; Jon Ransone of Hilliard, Ohio; Tae Wan Lee of Seoul, South Korea; and Mason Short of Waldorf, Md.

Short is already a student at WVU and the president of the school’s club golf team, where he won a club sport national championship this year. The other three are all transfers — Renwick from Coastal Carolina, Ransone from Toledo and Lee from Florida.

— From staff, wire reports

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