RETIRED After seven years in the WNBA, Rebecca Lobo, who led the
University of Connecticut to its first NCAA championship. A
center, Lobo, 29, became a role model for thousands of
jump-shooting girls, who wore her jersey and twisted their hair
into her trademark French braids. After starring on the '95 UConn
team, which went 35-0, Lobo played for the New York Liberty,
Houston Comets and Connecticut Sun. Hampered by knee injuries
that caused her to miss two seasons, she averaged 6.7 points as a
pro. Personable and telegenic, Lobo became an ambassador for the
women's game; she jogged with Bill Clinton and wrote a book about
her mother's battle with breast cancer. Along the way, she easily
eclipsed her husband, SI's Steve Rushin, who came to regard
himself as a "WNBA groupie." Says Lobo: "I feel like I just got
back from an eight-year postcollege road trip. It's time to
figure out what to do with my life." Her immediate plans? "To
sleep in, come up with a column idea for my husband and finish
Philip Roth's Operation Shylock."

RETIRED After 16 major league seasons, Diamondbacks first baseman
Mark Grace, 39. In typically offbeat style, Grace announced his
decision by saying he would "no longer ugly up a clubhouse."
Sporting a swing that was anything but ugly, Grace led all big
leaguers in hits in the 1990s (1,754) and was spectacular
defensively, but he'll be best remembered for his postseason
play. In 1989 he hit .647 in the NLCS for the Cubs, and in 2001
his single sparked Arizona's ninth-inning rally to beat the
Yankees in Game 7 of the World Series. He played little this
year, though. "My job now is to be an extra coach," Grace said
this summer. "Even though some days I know I have a better chance
of getting hit by a meteorite than playing, I'm still the first
one here and the last one to leave." Grace, who hit .303 for his
career, has an offer to remain with Arizona, most likely as a
broadcaster or a coach.

REJECTED By the Richmond city council, a proposal to rename a
street for Arthur Ashe, who grew up in the city. Seven years ago
the city was split along racial lines over whether to honor Ashe
with a statue on Monument Avenue, where figures of Confederate
heroes stand. When the Ashe statue was finally dedicated,
protesters in gray battle uniforms flew Confederate flags. The
latest measure would have renamed a 2 1/2-mile road known as the
Boulevard, which passes Byrd Park, where Ashe, who died in 1993,
was barred from playing as a 12-year-old due to segregation laws.
"Richmond had a unique opportunity to change the perception of
race relations," said city councilman Walter Kenney, who
introduced the proposal. "I think this was a bridge for that."