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 reported.

The suit was settled during a mediation held in New York between

Mauricia Grant

and NASCAR. Settlement terms were confidential. Neither side admitted liability or wrongdoing, according to NASCAR.

Grant's attorney,

Benedict P. Morelli

of New York-based Morelli Ratner PC, did not immediately return a call from the AP seeking comment.

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. In the lawsuit filed in June in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Grant alleged 23 specific incidents of alleged sexual harassment and 34 specific incidents of alleged racial and gender discrimination during her employment.


NASCAR will test drivers for performance-enhancing drugs next month under a tougher policy that also bans using illegal drugs and abusing prescription medications. . . . The Indy Racing League canceled next year's Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, citing the slow economy and its effect on sponsors.


After years of attempting to persuade university administrators to hire minority football coaches,

Floyd Keith,

the executive director of the Black Coaches and Administrators, has started searching for a potential lawsuit that could lead to a landmark case against universities.

Mike Washington,

a senior receiver from West Chester, was named to the second unit of the Associated Press Little All-American team. The team includes players from NCAA Division II and III and the NAIA. Washington attended Frankford High.

East Stroudsburg's

Matt Freed

, a sophomore linebacker from Souderton, was on the third team.

Andrew Samson,

a sophomore kicker from Penn, was named to the third unit of the AP Football Championship Subdivision (Division I-AA) all-American team.


Ball State offensive coordinator

Stan Parrish

signed a four-year contract to replace head coach

Brady Hoke

. . . . Georgia Tech's first-year coach

Paul Johnson

was given a new 7-year, $17.7 million contract after leading the lightly regarded Yellow Jackets to a 9-3 season.

Miami quarterback

Robert Marve

will not play in the Emerald Bowl later this month because of a violation of team academic rules, coach

Randy Shannon


Jacory Harris

will start instead. . . . Temple's

Jake Brownell

was named to the all-Mid-American Conference academic team. . . . The Owls named

Scott Koskoski

Associate Director of Athletics for Development.


Jim Furyk

shot a 4-under 68 for a 2-stroke lead after the first round of the Chevron World Challenge, on a soggy Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif.


Fabrizio Zanotti

shot an 8-under 64 to lead the first round of the South African Open, on the Pearl Valley Golf Estate course in Paarl.


The Wings signed third year forward

Geoff Snider,

the MVP of last season's National Lacrosse League all-star game, to a one-year contract.

Carli Lloyd,

the Delran High graduate who scored the game-winning goal in the gold medal game for the U.S. Olympic team, was named the 2008 Female Athlete of the Year by U.S. Soccer, the sport's governing body in this country.