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Winky Wright retires from boxing

Former light middleweight champion Winky Wright has retired. Wright's co-promoter announced his retirement Tuesday.

The 40-year-old Wright (51-6-1, 25 KOs) lost his first fight in three years last Saturday, dropping a unanimous decision to Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin at Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

Wright had fought just once since losing to Bernard Hopkins in July 2007. He hasn't won a bout since December 2006, going 1-3-1 in his last five fights.

The St. Petersburg, Fla., boxer began his career frequently fighting in Europe, but he reigned at 154 pounds from 2001-04, earning wins over Sugar Shane Mosley and Felix Trinidad. Mosley retired Monday.


Busch on shaky ground with car owner

David Reutimann will replace suspended driver Kurt Busch at Pocono Raceway, but Busch's future with Phoenix Racing appears murky, at best.

Busch was suspended by NASCAR on Monday for verbally abusing a reporter following the Nationwide Series race at Dover. Phoenix owner James Finch said Tuesday their partnership will be on a race-by-race basis going forward.

"Here's the deal: Quit wrecking the cars, get a good finish, be nice to people. That's not real hard to do," Finch told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on Tuesday.

Finch said Busch has wrecked 14 cars so far this season, and at least three of them were beyond repair. With limited sponsorship money, and Busch's behavior interfering with the potential to land funding, Finch said something has to give.



* Jackie Traina and Amanda Locke each had three-run doubles and Alabama forced a decisive third game in the Women's College World Series finals by beating Oklahoma 8-6 on Tuesday night. Game Three of the championship series is tonight.

* The NFL has punished the Seattle Seahawks for excessive offseason workouts, which included live contract during one of the club's organized team activities. Seattle will forfeit scheduled OTAs today and Thursday, plus a workout day Friday.

* Casey Martin, who fought for the right to ride a cart on the PGA Tour due to severe circulatory disorder in his right leg years ago, qualified for the U.S. Open, sinking a 5-footer for par on the last hole to earn a spot in the field at Olympic Club in San Francisco.

From News Staff and wire service reports