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Ochoa retiring from LPGA

Lorena Ochoa is retiring, just as Annika Sorenstam did two years ago, leaving the struggling LPGA Tour without its No. 1 player again. Ochoa, probably the best-known athlete in Mexico who is not a soccer player, announced her surprise decision Tuesday and will discuss her plans Friday. The 28-year-old got married last year, setting off speculation she might be putting golf aside to raise a family. She has been No. 1 in the world the last three years and won 27 times over the last six.

NFLSexual assault accusation

A 22-year-old hotel receptionist has filed a lawsuit against Indianapolis defensive tackle Eric Foster, claiming he sexually assaulted her in his room before the AFC Championship Game in January. The complaint accuses Foster of luring the woman into his hotel room, under the pretense that there was a maintenance problem, in Indianapolis on Jan. 24 before the Colts played the Jets. Once she was in his room, Foster exposed himself to the woman, touched and groped her, and forced the woman to "engage in deviate sexual acts," the complaint alleges.

Steelers get QB Leftwich

The Pittsburgh Steelers acquired their former quarterback Byron Leftwich from Tampa Bay for a seventh-round pick in this week's draft, said, citing a team source. Leftwich could well be the Steelers' starter in their regular-season opener if Ben Roethlisberger is suspended . . . The Patriots have signed veteran wide receiver Torry Holt, who played last season with Jacksonville and made 51 catches for 772 yards.


Samaranch seriously ill

Former International Olympic Committee president Juan Antonio Samaranch was in "very serious" condition in an intensive care unit at a hospital in Barcelona. A doctor said the 89-year-old Spaniard was under observation for heart problems. - AP

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