NASCAR settles suit with former official
NASCAR has settled a $225 million lawsuit filed by a former official who said she was subjected to racial discrimination and sexual harassment during her two-plus years working for the stock-car organization, the Associated Press has learned. The suit was settled during a Dec. 3 mediation held in New York between Mauricia Grant and NASCAR. Settlement terms were confidential. "We're glad to have the case settled on mutually acceptable terms," NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said yesterday. "NASCAR remains dedicated to maintaining a professional work environment for all employees at all times, and we wish Ms. Grant well in her future endeavors." Grant, who is black, worked as a technical inspector responsible for certifying cars in NASCAR's second-tier Nationwide Series from January 2005 until her October 2007 termination.
Drug testing:: NASCAR will test drivers for performance-enhancing drugs next month under a tougher policy that also bans using illegal drugs and abusing prescription medications. NASCAR likely will test drivers the third week of January, and crew members must submit results from an approved lab by Jan. 16, according to documents obtained by the AP.
76ers' Brand out a month with dislocated shoulder
Philadelphia 76ers forward Elton Brand will be sidelined for a month because of a dislocated shoulder. Team officials say the Sixers' leading scorer has a fracture and tear in his right shoulder but will not need surgery. Brand was hurt Wednesday night in a 93-88 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. Brand is averaging 15.9 points and 9.8 rebounds this season. He signed a five-year, $80 million free-agent contract with the 76ers in July.
Wizards: : Forward Antawn Jamison has a strained left thumb and could miss tonight's game against the 76ers. Jamison hurt his thumb in Wednesday night's 88-74 loss to the Pistons. He did not practice yesterday and will be a game-time decision tonight. Jamison is averaging 19.9 points and 9.7 rebounds.
Grizzlies: : Memphis waived three-time All-Star Antoine Walker. The 6-foot-9, 245-pound forward has not played this season. In his 13th season, Walker has averaged 17.5 points and 7.7 rebounds in 893 career games.
Magic 90, Spurs 78: : Jameer Nelson scored 24 points, and Dwight Howard had 14 points and 13 rebounds to help host Orlando beat San Antonio for its seventh win in eight games.
Navy's Kettani selected for Senior Bowl
Navy senior fullback Eric Kettani was selected to the Senior Bowl, which will be played Jan. 24 in Mobile, Ala. Kettani enters tomorrow's EagleBank Bowl 68 rushing yards shy of 1,000 for the season.
Ball State: : Offensive coordinator Stan Parrish has signed a four-year contract to become head coach for the 23rd-ranked Cardinals. Parrish will replace Brady Hoke, who resigned this week to become coach at San Diego State. Ball State was 12-1 this season, losing to Buffalo in the Mid-American Conference championship game.
Georgia Tech: : Coach Paul Johnson, who led a team picked to finish near the bottom of the Atlantic Coast Conference to a 9-3 record and its first win in eight years over rival Georgia, has been given a seven-year, $17.7 million contract, the school announced. Johnson left Navy to take over the Georgia Tech program a year ago.
Miami: : Quarterback Robert Marve will not play in the Emerald Bowl next week because of a violation of team academic rules, which he told the AP was regarding "a miscommunication about absentees for a class." Coach Randy Shannon declined to reveal details about Marve's situation, other than it would be a one-game issue.
Caps stop Blues, 4-2; Canucks sign Sundin
Viktor Kozlov had two goals and an assist, and the host Washington Capitals extended their winning streak to five games with a 4-2 victory over the struggling St. Louis Blues. Tomas Fleischmann and Alex Ovechkin also scored for the Capitals, who have won seven of eight overall and improved to 13-1-1 at home. Simeon Varlamov, summoned from Hershey of the American Hockey League because Jose Theodore is sidelined because of a hip flexor injury, made 29 saves. He has won both of his NHL starts. David Backes scored for the third straight game, and Brad Winchester also had a goal for the Blues, who have dropped five in a row.
More NHL: : The Vancouver Canucks signed free-agent center Mats Sundin. Sundin, 37, has 555 goals and 766 assists in 17 seasons with the Quebec Nordiques and Toronto Maple Leafs. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound, center became an unrestricted free agent at the end of last season and was being courted by a half-dozen teams. ... Stars defenseman Sergei Zubov will undergo hip surgery next month and will be out indefinitely.
Boxing: : Manny Pacquiao (48-3-2, 36 knockouts) and Ricky Hatton (45-1, 32 KOs) are close to finalizing a deal to meet in a 140-pound bout May 2, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer told the AP. The proposed fight, likely to be held in Las Vegas, would match boxing's unofficial pound-for-pound champion against one of the world's most popular brawlers, assuredly generating huge paydays for both fighters.
Baseball: : Roger Clemens' former personal trainer cooperated with investigators looking into steroids in baseball under threat of prosecution, an assistant U.S. attorney said in a court filing yesterday. In a declaration filed in federal court in Houston as part of Clemens' defamation lawsuit against Brian McNamee, assistant U.S. attorney Matthew Parrella said he told McNamee he was not a target of the investigation but could become one if he failed to cooperate. If McNamee made any false statements to federal investigators or to the group investigating doping in baseball, Parrella said, he could face prosecution.
More baseball: : Dave Smith, a two-time All-Star closer who holds the Astros' record for games pitched, died Wednesday. He was 53. Former big leaguer Tim Flannery said Smith apparently died of a heart attack, but the official cause of death wasn't known. ... The Nationals agreed to contracts with two 16-year-old prospects from the Dominican Republic, left-hander Gregory Baez and catcher Bill Pena. ... Outfielder Trot Nixon agreed to a minor league contract with the Brewers that includes an invitation to spring training. ... Free agent Aaron Boone agreed to a one-year, $750,000 contract with the Astros.
Golf: : Jim Furyk shot a 4-under-par 68 that gave him a two-shot lead after the first round of the Chevron World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Furyk was the only player to break 70 in the opening round and held a two-shot lead over Boo Weekley and K.J. Choi.