Lorene Ramsey of Illinois Central College retired after earning more wins than any women's basketball coach at any college level.

Her retirement follows her fifth national championship at Illinois Central. Ramsey, 66, went 887-197 in 33 seasons. She is the only women's basketball coach the school has had.

She announced her retirement Monday but said she made the decision last summer.

"The time has come for me to do some things I've had on the back burner, and some haven't even made the stove yet," she said.

Last month, her Cougars again won the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II title, which Ramsey called "the most wonderful present any coach could ask for."

A five-time national coach of the year, Ramsey was part of the second class inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000.


Circling in the Ring

Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis may fight in the same ring June 21 -- just not against each other.

Talks are underway for the two heavyweights to appear in separate fights of a heavyweight doubleheader, perhaps in Buffalo.

Possible opponents for Lewis include No. 1-ranked Vitali Klitschko, Kirk Johnson or Buffalo's Joe Mesi. Tyson's fight would be against someone along the lines of his last opponent, perhaps a fading Oleg Maskaev.

Lewis hoped to fight Tyson, but Tyson has been adamant that he needs at least two more fights before he challenges Lewis for the title again. Lewis gave Tyson a beating in June before finally stopping him in the eighth round in Memphis.


Unequal Pay Day

The winners of this year's French Open will earn more money than last year, but women will still make less than men.

Total prize money is going up 6 percent to $14.2 million, the French Tennis Federation said. The men's champion will earn $915,180 and the women's champion will earn $892,300.

The French Open, like Wimbledon, pays more prize money to men. At the other two Grand Slams, the U.S. Open and the Australian Open, the pay is equal.

This is the third consecutive year prize money has increased at the French Open, which starts May 26. The overall men's increase is 7.7 percent; the increase for the women is 7.6 percent.

Auto Racing

Mistake Was Made

NASCAR admitted it made a mistake at Texas Motor Speedway when Matt Kenseth was allowed to keep the race lead even though Jeff Gordon had passed him under a caution flag.

"If we had to do that call over again, we would have done it differently," NASCAR President Mike Helton said.

Kenseth was leading midway through Sunday's race when the caution flag came out. As he approached the start-finish line, he slowed to let teammates Kurt Busch, Jeff Burton and Roush Racing-affiliated driver Ricky Rudd pass.

Gordon, second at the time, did not want that to happen. So he sped and passed Kenseth to retake the lead before they crossed the line.

NASCAR does not have a rule prohibiting drivers from racing back to the line under a caution, yet officials in the tower said Gordon could not pass Kenseth.


McCaffrey Is on Mend

Ed McCaffrey is recovering from hernia surgery performed last month.

The Denver Broncos' wide receiver underwent the operation March 18 in Philadelphia. McCaffrey, 34, is expected to return to full workouts after a two- to three-month recovery.

He was scheduled to make $3.5 million next season but agreed to restructure his contract to make room on the team's salary cap.


Clippers Activate Brand

The Los Angeles Clippers activated Elton Brand after he missed 18 games because of a stress fracture above his left ankle.

To make room, the Clippers placed Cherokee Parks on the injured list with back spasms. He started 18 games at power forward in Brand's absence.

Brand is averaging 18.4 points, 11.2 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in 53 games.