Four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon avoided suspension on Monday when NASCAR instead fined him $100,000 and docked him 25 points for intentionally wrecking Clint Bowyer at Phoenix International Raceway.

Gordon also was placed on probation through Dec. 31. But he'll be allowed to close out the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway despite his actions in Sunday's race, which triggered a fight in the garage area between the two drivers' crews.

"I take responsibility for my actions on the racetrack," Gordon said in a statement. "I accept NASCAR's decision and look forward to ending the season on a high note at Homestead."

The penalty drops Gordon to 11th in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship with one race remaining. He's now four points behind Martin Truex Jr. for 10th, and only the top-10 drivers have formal roles in the season-ending awards ceremony in Las Vegas.

Rick Hendrick also was docked 25 car owner points, and crew chief Alan Gustafson was placed on probation through the end of the year.

College football

Washington State coach Mike Leach denied that his players are subjected to any type of abuse, as alleged by former Cougars receiver Marquess Wilson.

Wilson made the allegations in a letter he released Saturday in which he quit the team and also complained that the coaching staff would "belittle, intimidate and humiliate us."

Leach said during his regular Monday meeting with reporters: "There is no truth about it at all." He described Wilson as a disgruntled player.

  • Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher apologized for using the term "retarded" in response to a question about his team's ranking in the BCS standings that determine which teams play for the national championship.

  • Tommy Tuberville took full responsibility for losing his cool with a Texas Tech graduate assistant along the sideline during Saturday's win over Kansas. The third-year coach said he had watched a replay of his outburst after the 41-34 victory and saw what had fans upset. He called his actions "unfortunate" and said he had apologized to Kevin Oliver, who works with special teams.

  • The new college football postseason system will have six games as originally planned, but now a spot in the marquee bowls will be reserved for the best team from a group of five conferences that includes the Big East. The tweak to the postseason format that will start in 2014 was made during a meeting of conference commissioners and university presidents in Denver.

  • Louisville running back Senorise Perry will miss the remainder of the season with a torn right anterior cruciate ligament.

    Tennis

    Top-ranked Novak Djokovic recovered from early breaks in both sets and beat Roger Federer 7-6 (6), 7-5 in the championship match at the ATP finals in London.

    Miscellany

    Jozy Altidore is getting another chance, and so is Timmy Chandler. A month after U.S. soccer coach Jurgen Klinsmann dropped Altidore from the roster for two crucial World Cup qualifiers, the forward was among 20 players selected for Wednesday's exhibition at Russia. Altidore is one of the Americans' top scoring threats, but Klinsmann had been unhappy with his performance over the past year in games and practices.

  • Justin Rose of Britain and Peter Hanson of Sweden won the Tyco Golf Skills Challenge at the Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla.

  • Skier Lindsey Vonn has been admitted to a hospital in Vail, Colo., with an undisclosed illness.