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  • Bobby Labonte's start streak to end at 704
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  • Bobby Labonte's start streak to end at 704
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Bobby Labonte's consecutive start streak will come to an end at 704 races.
    Labonte is not entered to race Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway, which will bring an end to the second-longest active starts streak in NASCAR behind Jeff Gordon's 705 starts.
    Labonte confirmed his status on a chat with fans on the JTG Daugherty Racing website.
    "I will not be racing this week," he wrote. "It is disappointing the way it is happening. I have had a couple of offers this morning, but I have declined them because I don't want anybody else that has an opportunity to do what I do, what they love, to have to sit on the sideline for my sake."
    JTG will use A.J. Allmendinger in the No. 47 Toyota at Kentucky. Allmendinger drove for the team two weeks ago at Michigan, while Labonte drove the No. 51 for Phoenix Racing.
    Sheftic, Sullivan share lead at PGA Professional
    SUNRIVER — Mark Sheftic birdied the final two holes at rainy and windy Sunriver Resort for a share of the third-round lead Tuesday in the PGA Professional National Championship.
    Sheftic, a PGA teaching pro at Merion in Ardmore, Pa., shot a 1-under 71 at Crosswater Club to match playing partner Chip Sullivan at 8-under 207.
    He had five birdies — holing a 10-footer on the par-3 17th and a 12-footer on the par-4 18th — and four bogeys.
    The 48-year-old Sullivan, the 2007 winner at Sunriver, also had a 71.
    Second-round leader Rod Perry was a stroke back after a 73. The 39-year-old Perry, the PGA head pro at Crane Lakes in Port Orange, Fla., played the first six holes in 4 over.
    The top 20 finishers today will earn spots in the PGA Championship in August at Oak Hill in Rochester, N.Y.
    Kerri Walsh to go for 4th Olympics, without Misty
    Three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings needs a new teammate for her attempt at a fourth Summer Games. She's asked London silver medalist April Ross to be her partner for 2016.
    Walsh Jennings was teamed with Misty May-Treanor for the past three Olympics. But May-Treanor has retired.
    Walsh Jennings says she's not done. She had her third child — and first daughter — this spring. She says she's working to return for next month's World Series of Beach Volleyball in Long Beach, Calif., where she'll play with two-time Manhattan Beach Open winner Whitney Pavlik.
    Ross played with Jennifer Kessy in London and they're together on the international tour this year.
    Beach volleyball partnerships usually reshuffle with about two years to go before the Olympics so the partners can develop chemistry while they attempt to qualify for the Summer Games.
    Compiled from wire reports
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