Sports briefs for 11/29/12

JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer Published:

NASCAR will go back to the dirt for the first time since 1970 when the Truck Series visits Eldora Speedway in Ohio.

The July 24 event at the Tony Stewart-owned track in Rossburg will be a lead-in to the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races later that weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Stewart, a three-time NASCAR champion, believed the Wednesday night race would attract drivers from all three NASCAR national levels and maybe even other series.

"Younger drivers and veterans from the World of Outlaws, late models, USAC drivers that will have an opportunity to land rides for that race ... Wednesday night at that time of the year is normally a pretty free night," Stewart said. "It gives us an opportunity to get guys in there that don't normally have that chance."

The deal to race at Eldora was announced Wednesday as part of next season's 22-race schedule, which will also include the series' first international stop with a visit to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Ontario in September.

• Football

Young returns to Lions: Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young has returned to the team.

Young practiced Wednesday for the first time since the Lions told him to stay away. He was deactivated for Detroit's 34-31 overtime loss to Houston last week because coach Jim Schwartz said his behavior was "unacceptable" during the previous setback to Green Bay.

Walter Camp Award finalists: Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o are among the five finalists for the Walter Camp player of the year award.

Oregon running back Kenjon Barner and Southern California receiver Marqise Lee are the other finalists. The award will be presented Thursday Dec. 6.

• Elsewhere

Pistons thump Suns: Brandon Knight and Charlie Villanueva scored 19 points apiece, and Detroit routed Phoenix 117-77 to win back-to-back games for the first time this season. Rodney Stuckey scored 18 for Detroit.

Indians reinstate Hagadone: The Indians have reinstated left-hander Nick Hagadone to the 40-man roster and designated lefty Rafael Perez for assignment.

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