The first phase of his comeback complete, an optimistic AJ Allmendinger is ready to get on with his life.
He's hopeful that includes another job in racing.
South Bay native Allmendinger on Tuesday was reinstated by NASCAR, which said he successfully completed its rehabilitation program after testing positive for a banned substance. The process took a little over two months, and Allmendinger said he learned a lot about himself while participating in the "Road to Recovery" program.
"I knew I didn't have a problem, I knew it was a one-time mistake," Allmendinger told The Associated Press. "I'm going to use the word "educated" because I feel like I was educated on a lot of things and a lot of things about myself. I just needed to get my priorities straight and my life straightened out."
Former Palo Alto High star Jeremy Lin, who became an international phenomenon during one dazzling month with the Knicks last season, went through his first workout with the Houston Rockets. Naturally, he drew a horde of media to the Toyota Center, evidence that Linsanity has plenty of life left in it. "I don't know if I'm the face of the franchise just yet," Lin
said. "I think we're a young team and we're all going to buy in. The thing about us is it's not going to be any one person that's going to carry us to where we want to go, it's going to be everybody."
Sabres defenseman and former Shark Christian Ehrhoff will be spending the NHL lockout playing in his native Germany. Ehrhoff reached an agreement to play for his hometown team, the Krefeld Penguins. Forward Rick Nash, the New York Rangers' top offseason acquisition, is headed to Switzerland to play for HC Davos during the NHL lockout, his agent confirmed. The Florida Panthers announced the layoffs of an unknown number of staff members, only the third full day of the NHL's lockout.
In another setback for one of the world's most decorated wrestlers, Olympic gold medalist Rulon Gardner has filed for bankruptcy after trying to capitalize on his fame in numerous business and publicity pursuits over the years. Real Madrid scored twice late in an electrifying finish to beat Manchester City 3-2 to open the Champions League group stage, while Paris Saint-Germain marked its new big-spending era with an emphatic 4-1 win over Dynamo Kiev. Former Duke basketball player Lance Thomas has settled a lawsuit that accused him of failing to pay nearly $68,000 for jewelry purchased while he was part of the Blue Devils team that won the 2010 national championship. President Barack Obama has welcomed the reigning WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx to the White House. It's been nearly a year since the Lynx won the championship, but the team's visit was delayed by the Summer Olympics and Obama's busy schedule. Danielle Robinson had 21 points and the host San Antonio Silver Stars earned a 77-66 victory over the New York Liberty. Olympic snowboard champion Shaun White apologized for "unwise choices," saying he got "carried away" after police accused him of pulling a hotel fire alarm that forced guests to evacuate in Nashville, Tenn. Anschutz Entertainment Group, the owner of the Staples Center arena and the NHL's Los Angeles Kings, and the top contender to build a stadium and bring the NFL back to Los Angeles, is up for sale, its parent company said. Tom Sims, who was credited with inventing one of the earliest snowboards and, as a world-champion competitor and manufacturer, with helping to further snowboarding's widespread acceptance in the sporting world, died Sept. 12 at a hospital near his home in Santa Barbara. He was 61.
The New York Times contributed to this report.