Nextel Cup champion Kurt Busch won't be released from the final year of his contract with Roush Racing, car owner Jack Roush said yesterday in Watkins Glen, N.Y.

Earlier this week, Busch signed a deal to drive for Roger Penske in 2007 and asked Roush that he be released from his current contract after this season.

"He said, 'I don't want to negotiate with you for 2007,' " Roush said at Watkins Glen International. "I said, 'okay,' and he said, 'I want to be released for 2006.' I said 'not okay.' "

Busch said he understood that and is focused on winning another title or two before moving to Penske. He has called the Penske ride an "opportunity of a lifetime," and a challenge to prove he can win with a different team.

* COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Maryland junior Shay Doron and sophomore Crystal Langhorne and Duke senior Monique Currie (Bullis) are among the 30 preseason candidates for the women's Wooden Award, given annually to the nation's best player. . . .

The George Washington men's basketball team will leave today for Australia on a 12-day, five-game exhibition trip that will include meetings with two professional teams from Australia's National Basketball League.

Nine members of last year's Atlantic 10 championship team will make the trip. The Colonials' three incoming freshmen and highly touted LSU transfer Regis Koundjia are not eligible to play in summer exhibitions. . . .

Levon Kendall scored a tournament-high 40 points and Canada upset the United States, 93-90, in overtime in a quarterfinal in Mar del Plata, Argentina, dashing American hopes of a second straight men's under-21 world championship. . . .

Connecticut point guard A.J. Price, a 19-year-old sophomore, was arrested in connection with the theft of four laptops from student dorm rooms.

* TENNIS: Top-seeded Rafael Nadal advanced to the semifinals of the Masters Series event in Montreal, needing just 72 minutes to oust Mariano Puerta of Argentina, 6-3, 6-1, in a rematch of the French Open final. Nadal will face unseeded Paul-Henri Mathieu today. The Frenchman defeated Karol Beck of Slovakia, 6-1, 6-2. . . . Maria Sharapova's bid for the No. 1 ranking in the world was derailed when she withdrew from the JPMorgan Chase Open in Carson, Calif., because of a strained chest muscle.

* WNBA: Shameka Christon scored seven of her 18 points in the second overtime, and the visiting New York Liberty overcame an 18-point first-half deficit to beat the Charlotte Sting, 82-74. . . . Sue Bird tied a season high with 20 points to lead the Seattle Storm over the Minnesota Lynx, 72-66, in Minneapolis. . . . Penny Taylor led five Phoenix players in double figures with 23 points, and the Mercury snapped the visiting Sacramento Monarchs' seven-game winning streak, 76-62.

* DIVING: Laura Wilkinson finished with a near perfect dive to win her fourth consecutive platform gold medal at the U.S. National Diving Championships in Huntersville, N.C.

-- From News Services and Staff Reports

Rafael Nadal exults after beating Mariano Puerta in the quarters of the Masters Series event in Montreal.