Franchitti headed back to IndyCar

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Dario Franchitti will leave NASCAR and return to IndyCar in 2009 as the replacement driver for Dan Wheldon at Chip Ganassi Racing.

The move was announced Tuesday by Ganassi, who also signed a multiyear extension with Target for both his open-wheel and NASCAR programs.

Franchitti won the 2007 IndyCar Series championship and the Indianapolis 500, but left open wheel for NASCAR at the end of the season to drive Ganassi's No. 40 Dodge in the Sprint Cup Series.

Ganassi never secured sponsorship for that team and was forced to shutter it in July because of the weakening economy. Franchitti has lingered in NASCAR since, running a handful of second-tier Nationwide Series races as he and Ganassi tried to figure out his future.

Chipper sidelined against Florida

MIAMI - Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones was scratched from the starting lineup just before the game against the Florida Marlins on Tuesday night with a tweaked right knee.

Jones, who is hitting .358 with 20 home runs and 67 RBIs, was replaced by Omar Infante. It was unclear when Jones was injured or how long he would be sidelined.

Sunday, Jones was fighting some congestion caused by allergies and was out of the starting lineup. A day earlier, he hit his 20th home run of the season in the seventh inning of the Braves' 9-8, 10-inning loss to the Washington Nationals, and joined Eddie Mathews as the only players to begin their careers with 14 straight seasons of 20 or more homers.

Couture headed back to UFC

LAS VEGAS - The Ultimate Fighting Championship and its heavyweight champion Randy Couture have settled a public dispute and scheduled his return to the octagon.

Couture and UFC President Dana White announced Tuesday that Couture will fight Brock Lesnar on Nov. 15 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

'We had some problems with Randy, we've solved them all,' White said.