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Sports in Brief: Ex-NASCAR inspector files harassment suit

Former employee Mauricia Grant has filed a suit against NASCAR for $225 million, alleging racial and sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, and wrongful termination.

Former employee

Mauricia Grant

has filed a suit against NASCAR for $225 million, alleging racial and sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, and wrongful termination.

The 32-year-old 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 termination in October 2007. In the lawsuit, she alleged she was referred to as "Nappy Headed Mo" and "Queen Sheba" by coworkers, often was told she worked on "colored people time," and was frightened by one official who routinely made references to the Ku Klux Klan.

The lawsuit, filed yesterday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, lists 23 specific incidents of alleged sexual harassment and 34 specific incidents of alleged racial and gender discrimination beginning when she was hired in January 2005 through her October 2007 firing.

NASCAR spokesman

Ramsey Poston

said that the organization had not yet reviewed the suit and added that NASCAR has a zero-tolerance policy on harassment.

Pro football

Michael Strahan

said he wanted to leave on his own terms, and finishing with a Super Bowl title didn't hurt.

"At some point you have to realize that you've done all you can do, all you need to do," the New York Giants defensive end said at his farewell news conference. "It's over."

Strahan went to seven Pro Bowls and recorded the fifth most sacks in NFL history. On Monday, the 36-year-old star told the Giants he was retiring four months after helping them win the Super Bowl.

Convicted steroids dealer

David Jacobs

said before his death last week that he supplied Tennessee Titans linebacker

Ryan Fowler

with performance-enhancing drugs before and after the 2006 season, the Dallas Morning News reported. Fowler is under investigation by the NFL in an apparent steroids case.

Peter Ginsberg

, Fowler's attorney, denied Fowler took steroids.


The Soul released fullback

John Peaua

and defensive back

Nick Ward



Marc Crawford

was fired as coach of the Los Angeles Kings after his team finished with the fewest points in the Western Conference.

Elsewhere: Mike Babcock

and the Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings agreed to a three-year contract, the Associated Press reported. . . .

Ron Wilson

was introduced as the new coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, less than a month after he was fired by the San Jose Sharks. The 53-year-old Wilson succeeded

Paul Maurice

, who was fired by Toronto last month. . . . The Minnesota Wild acquired defenseman

Marc-Andre Bergeron

from the Anaheim Ducks for a third-round pick in the June 20 draft. . . . The Colorado Avalanche acquired forward

Marty Sertich

from the Dallas Stars, giving up a conditional pick in the 2009 NHL draft. . . . The Chicago Wolves won the AHL's Calder Cup, beating the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 5-2, last night in Game 6 in Chicago.


British welterweight

Ricky Hatton

rejected an approach for a September bout against

Oscar De La Hoya

. Hatton beat

Juan Lazcano

on May 24 to retain his International Boxing Organization light-welterweight title and is not expected to fight until November.


La Salle senior

Sean Quigley

has been named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Mid-Atlantic Student-Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row. . . . UCLA's

Josh Shipp

has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return to the Bruins for his senior season.