Almirola to be promoted at DEI

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Dale Earnhardt Inc. will use Aric Almirola full-time next season in a promotion that will free Mark Martin to move to Hendrick Motorsports next season.

Almirola and Martin have shared a ride since the middle of last season, but Almirola will pilot the No. 8 Chevrolet exclusively in 2008, DEI said Tuesday. Martin is expected to replace Casey Mears in Hendrick's No. 5 car, and an official announcement is scheduled for Friday at Daytona International Raceway.

Almirola began sharing the ride with Martin last summer after he gained his release from Joe Gibbs Racing. In 11 Sprint Cup Series starts, Almirola has one top 10 - an eighth-place finish in his season debut at Bristol in March.

Two UGA football players arrested

ATHENS - Two University of Georgia football players have been arrested and jailed on charges of simple battery.

The Athens-Clarke County Jail report shows offensive linemen Justin Anderson and Trinton Sturdivant were both released within hours of their arrests Monday night on $1,500 bonds.

Sturdivant, 19, is a starting tackle from Wadesboro, N.C. Anderson, 20, is a guard from Ocilla.

The incident allegedly occurred early Friday morning at the East Campus Village dormitory on the university's campus.