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Report: Rudd plans to retire

BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Ricky Rudd said he plans to retire from the NASCAR Nextel Cup series after this season.

The 50-year-old Rudd, in his 28th season as a full-time driver in the Cup series, told the Virginian Pilot that he has informed car owner Robert Yates of his decision to step out of the No. 88 car.

"It's time for me to step back from the active schedule," Rudd told the newspaper Saturday at Michigan Speedway.

Steady rain Sunday forced NASCAR to postpone the 3M Performance 400 until Monday.

Rudd took last season off, though he never called it retirement. He said he'd consider a part-time ride for next season, but he's not pursuing it.

Rudd started in the front row for the Daytona 500 this season but finished 26th, and his results haven't gotten much better since. His best finish was seventh in the Coca-Cola 600 and he's 29th in points heading into the Michigan race.

Rudd has 23 victories in his career and his 897 Cup starts are second only to Richard Petty.

• COLLEGE FOOTBALL -- Tuscaloosa police arrested Alabama All-SEC cornerback Simeon Castille about 2 a.m. on a disorderly conduct charge.

Police spokesman Capt. Greg Kosloff said Castille was arrested in an entertainment district near the University of Alabama campus. He was taken to the Tuscaloosa County Jail and released after posting bond. Police declined to release details of the incident.

Through a team spokesman, Coach Nick Saban said he didn't have all the facts Sunday, but would deal with the situation "internally."

Saban led his team through scrimmages Friday and Saturday before giving the team a day off Sunday. Alabama has a season-opener against Western Carolina on Sept. 1.

Castille is the fifth high-profile Crimson Tide athlete -- the fourth football player -- known to have been arrested in the past two months.

• TENNIS -- Top-ranked Justine Henin defeated Jelena Jankovic 7-6 (3), 7-5 to win Rogers Cup, her first tournament since losing in the semifinals at Wimbledon.

Henin has won all seven meetings against the third-ranked Jankovic.

Jankovic had a 4-1 lead in the opening set before Henin pulled even, eventually winning in a tiebreaker.

Henin kept up her strong play in the second set, winning her sixth title of the season in the warm-up to the U.S. Open.

• Donald Young won his first ATP Tour match and fifth-seeded Patty Schnyder was upset in the first round of the Pilot Pen.

The 18-year-old Young defeated fellow American Amer Delic 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Francesca Schiavone of Italy upset Schnyder of Switzerland 7-6 (5), 2-6, 6-4. Schnyder was ahead 3-0 and two breaks in the third set, when Schiavone called out a trainer to massage her right shoulder.

• PRO BASEBALL -- San Francisco slugger Barry Bonds wasn't in the Giants' lineup for their gam against the Florida Marlins.

Bonds, baseball's career home run leader, often gets day games off following a night game, and manager Bruce Bochy said Saturday that the left fielder wouldn't be playing Sunday. Bonds extended the major league mark to 760 homers with a two-run shot in San Francisco's 4-3 win on Saturday night.

Bonds is hitting .280 with 26 home runs and 59 RBIs this season.

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