Briefs

The Associated PressSeptember 2, 2009 

Keselowski will join Penske

Brad Keselowski's long courtship with Penske Racing ended Tuesday when he finally took an offer to join the team in the Sprint Cup Series.

Keselowski will replace David Stremme in the No. 12 Dodge and run full schedules in both the Cup and Nationwide Series.

Rubio will stay in Spain

After saying all summer that his preference was to play in the NBA, 18-year-old Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio apparently got a case of cold feet at the last minute.

Less than 48 hours after the Minnesota Timberwolves, his agents and his Spanish team DKV Joventut agreed in principle to a deal, the first-round draft pick changed his mind.

When Rubio backed out of the deal, DKV Joventut reluctantly agreed to trade him to rival Regal FC Barcelona, which will pay $5.3 million to buy out his contract.

RailHawks get league honors

Carolina RailHawks midfielder Joseph Kabwe was named the United Soccer Leagues First Division Player of the Week, and midfielder John Cunliffe was named to the Team of the Week, the USL announced.

The second-place RailHawks (14-5-7) play at Montreal again tonight.

O'Brien visits sports club

Tom O'Brien, the head football coach at N.C. State, will be the guest speaker today at the Raleigh Sports Club's weekly lunch meeting.

The meeting, which starts at noon, will be at Highland United Methodist Church, located on the corner of Ridge Road and Lake Boone Trail at 1901 Ridge Road.

The cost is $14 for members and $20 for nonmembers.

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