It took about 10 minutes to wreck several cars at Daytona International Speedway on Friday.
Matt Kenseth triggered a five-car accident in the opening practice for the Sprint Unlimited, the non-points race that kicks off the season.
Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards, Mark Martin and Juan Pablo Montoya all were involved.
Busch’s No. 78 Chevrolet sustained the most damage, forcing the team to switch to a backup car for Saturday night’s exhibition event.
Busch said: “It’s tough. A lot of hard work goes into these cars, and six weeks of preparation can be trashed in six laps.”
Kenseth took blame for the melee, saying he didn’t see Busch gaining ground inside him on the
2 ½-mile superspeedway.
Packers release Woodson • The Green Bay Packers have released veteran defensive back Charles Woodson.
General manager Ted Thompson said the team would not have won the 2010 Super Bowl without Woodson and that the “once-in-a-generation talent” was an ambassador for the organization off the field.
The 36-year-old Woodson has two years left on a five-year contract that was worth as much as $55 million. His agent, Carl Poston, says Woodson still wants to play for a Super Bowl contender.
Goodell paid over $29 million in 2011 • Commissioner Roger Goodell was paid $29.49 million by NFL owners in 2011, nearly triple his compensation from the previous year.
According to the league’s most recent tax return, most of Goodell’s pay comes in the form of a $22.3 million bonus. His base pay was $3.1 million. The NFL was scheduled to file the return Friday. Goodell earned $11.6 million in 2010.
While the league declined comment on specifics, it must, by law, make the return available upon request.
Jackson signs with Bills • Backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson is coming back to Buffalo after re-signing with the Bills on Friday. Returning starter and former Rams quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick remains part of the team’s future for now.
In announcing Jackson’s signing, new coach Doug Marrone ended a month of speculation regarding the quarterback situation saying he intends to have Fitzpatrick and Jackson compete to be the starter.
Eagles don’t want to trade Foles • The Philadelphia Eagles aren’t considering trading quarterback Nick Foles at all, a person familiar with the team’s plans said on Friday.
Despite restructuring Michael Vick’s contract and signing Dennis Dixon, the Eagles haven’t been shopping Foles and it may take a significant offer to get them to even think about it.
Serena wins, returns to No. 1 • An emotional Serena Williams has secured the No. 1 ranking after coming from a set down to beat former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 to reach the Qatar Open semifinals Friday. The 31-year-old American will become the oldest women’s player to be No. 1 in next week’s rankings.
Williams will play Maria Sharapova in the semifinals. Sharapova beat Sam Stosur 6-2, 6-4, while Victoria downed Sara Errani 6-2, 6-2, and Agnieszka Radwanska beat Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 7-5. Agnieszka Radwanska beat Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 7-5 to set up a meeting with Azarenka.
Nadal reaches Brazil Open semifinal • Rafael Nadal overcame a poor start and a difficult third set to beat Carlos Berlocq of Argentina 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 on Friday and advance to the Brazil Open semifinals in Sao Paulo. Nadal will face 111th-ranked Martin Alund, who beat 88th-ranked Filippo Volandri of Italy 7-5, 7-6 (5).
Earlier, two-time defending champion and second-seeded Nicolas Almagro fell to David Nalbandian in three sets at the indoor clay-court tournament.
Ligety skis to another gold • Ted Ligety became the first man in 45 years to earn three gold medals at the world championships, winning the giant slalom in dominating style in Schladming, Austria on Friday.
The American can match French great Jean-Claude Killy, who earned four golds in 1968, if he’s first in the slalom on Sunday.
Defending champion Ligety also took the super-G and super-combined titles.