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MAYFIELD SUING HIS STEPMOTHER

AUTO RACING

SALISBURY, N.C. - In the latest step of a continuing saga, suspended NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against his estranged stepmother over the 2007 death of his father.

The suit, filed Sept.4 in North Carolina Superior Court, does not allege how Lisa Mayfield was involved in her husband's death. It only claims her "intentional actions" played a direct role. A police investigation determined Terry Mayfield died from a suicidal gunshot wound to the chest.

Mayfield was suspended under NASCAR's toughened drug policy. His stepmother testified on behalf of NASCAR about seeing him use methamphetamines at least 30 times over the years.

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HORSES

Dutrow suspended for 30 days in Kentucky

The trainer of 2008 Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown will serve a 30-day suspension after reaching a settlement in Kentucky. Rick Dutrow's horse, Salute the Count, tested positive for a breathing stimulant in May 2008 after a race at Churchill Downs.

HORSE DIES: Gone West, one of racing's top stallions, was euthanized after complications from colic surgery. He was 25.

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PRO BASKETBALL

Germany defeats defending Euro champ

Germany upset defending champion Russia 76-73 and Spain, behind 27 points by Pau Gasol, topped Britain 84-76 at the European championships in Poland. Spurs guard Tony Parker scored 23 to lead France past Latvia 60-51.

WNBA: Tamika Catchings had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Katie Douglas also scored 17 as visiting Indiana defeated New York 69-63.

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GOLF

Japanese teen picked for President's Cup

International team captain Greg Norman chose Ryo Ishikawa, 17, as an at-large pick for his President's Cup team, making the Japanese sensation the youngest player in competition history. Norman also chose fellow Australian Adam Scott for the event, Oct.8-11 at Harding Park in San Francisco. American captain Fred Couples chose U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover and Hunter Mahan.

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ET CETERA

HOCKEY: The son of NHL great Patrick Roy will stand trial Oct. 7 in Quebec on charges he assaulted a goaltender during a junior game last year. Jonathan Roy had been trying to get the case thrown out.

TRACK: IAAF spokesman Nick Davies said it would take about two weeks for the international governing body's medics and anti-doping experts to analyze results from South African runner Caster Semenya's gender tests.

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