Leading Off

Manteca's Speed takes ARCA lead

Manteca's Scott Speed took over the ARCA Re/Max Series points lead with a second-place finish in Saturday's Pennsylvania 200 at Long Pond, Pa. Speed, who led 35 laps, finished three car lengths behind Justin Allgaier at Pocono Raceway. "If we don't have any bad luck, any failures, we should be good with regard to points," Speed said. "I couldn't care less if I win or finish second. It's definitely about the points." Speed took a 95-point lead over Matt Carter with eight races left.

ESPN: Davis talked Walker from retiring

Receiver Javon Walker informed the Oakland Raiders on Thursday that he was contemplating retirement but changed his mind the next day after consulting with owner Al Davis. Walker said after Saturday's night practice that the issue is behind him; head coach Lane Kiffin remains concerned. "I worry a lot about it," Kiffin said Saturday night. "For someone to discuss retirement, and then to come back and change his mind a day later, I'm worried a lot about it." An ESPN report said Walker offered to return the $11 million signing bonus he received in March. Not much has gone right for Walker since he arrived in Oakland. Kiffin said during the offseason that Walker needed to lose weight. Then, on June 16, Walker reportedly was beaten and robbed in the early morning hours in Las Vegas.

Coughin' corner

Canadian racewalker Tim Berrett, training for his fifth Olympics, says it's not easy simulating Beijing's smoggy conditions. "Other than pulling my treadmill into the garage, starting the car and hoping I come out two hours later," Berrett told the Kingston (Ontario) Whig-Standard, "there isn't really a lot I can do to get ready for it."