Formula One discontinues grid girls and podium girls
• There will be no more “grid girls” before Formula One races and no more “podium girls” celebrating with the drivers after them.
F1 said Wednesday it will end the long practice of using women on the grid and on the podium with the top three drivers. The Formula One season starts March 25 at the Australian Grand Prix.
“We feel this custom does not resonate with our brand values and clearly is at odds with modern day societal norms,” said Sean Bratches, F1’s managing director of commercial operations. “We don’t believe the practice is appropriate or relevant to Formula One and its fans, old and new, across the world.”
• NASCAR’s Darlington Raceway in Columbia, S.C., is spending nearly $7 million to upgrade and improve seating in three of its main grandstands, a project that will affect nearly 60 percent of the 58,000 seats.
Alabama tight end charged with marijuana possession
• Alabama freshman tight end Major Tennison, a four-star recruit from Flint, Texas, was charged with marijuana possession in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
• Former Southern Illinois football coach Jerry Kill, who retired from coaching last year because of epileptic seizures, is returning as a school ambassador.
Mike Fisher will come out of retirement for Predators
• Veteran center Mike Fisher is coming out of brief retirement for his 18th NHL season to help the Nashville Predators compete for the Stanley Cup.
• New Jersey Devils forward Taylor Hall was fined $5,000 for a boarding penalty against Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo on Tuesday night.
• NHL great Jaromir Jagr signed a deal with the Kladno Knights, a team he owns in the Czech Republic, after being waived by the Calgary Flames.
College coach suspended over player’s trash talk
• Appalachian State suspended coach Bob Lake after freshman Spencer Brown made a racially charged comment to a black opponent, telling him “at least I know my dad” in a match.
• Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova beat Elena Vesnina 6-2, 6-0 in the first round of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy in Russia and will next play Irina-Camelia Begu.
Hope Solo files complaint about favoritism for MLS
• Former U.S. women’s national team goalkeeper Hope Solo filed a complaint against the U.S. Soccer Federation with the U.S. Olympic Committee, accusing it of illegally favoring Major League Soccer.
• A plague of locusts could destroy the fields in World Cup soccer stadiums this year, the Russian government warned.
— ABJ/Ohio.com wires
Sports news roundup, Feb. 1: Formula One discontinues grid girls and podium girls