Pocono Raceway owner says speculation it's for sale is way off track

Pocono Raceway is not for sale.

Rose Mattioli told the Associated Press yesterday that her family has no plans to sell the NASCAR track, which currently has two Sprint Cup races.

"It never was available; it never will be available," said Mattioli, who owns the track with her husband, Joseph. She said the 2 1/2-mile triangle track was entrusted to their grandchildren.

Speedway Motorsports Inc. purchased Kentucky Speedway last week and there was speculation SMI owner Bruton Smith had his eye on Pocono.

Olympics

* In a security move, tickets for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics are embedded with a microchip containing the bearer's photograph, passport details, addresses, e-mail and telephone numbers.

* The United States will face host China Aug. 10 on the opening day of the Olympic men's basketball tournament.

Colleges

* Mike Jarvis was named basketball coach at Florida Atlantic.

* Trinity College (45-1) scored two runs on bases-loaded walks in the ninth inning to take the NCAA Division III baseball title with a 5-4 win over Johns Hopkins in Grand Chute, Wis.

* Georgetown point guard Jeremiah Rivers, the son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers, will transfer to Indiana.

Soccer

* Steve Ryan resigned as commissioner and CEO of the Major Indoor Soccer League.

* Soccer's governing body suspended its ban on international matches at high altitude.

Philly File

* Comcast SportsNet promoted longtime Sixers broadcast producer Shawn Oleksiak to the newly created position of executive producer-live events.

Sport Stops

* Congress expects to hold a hearing next month on thoroughbred racing, looking into horse safety and other issues. *