NBA: Kings will stay in Sacramento
DALLAS (AP) — The Kings are staying in Sacramento, and Seattle will have to wait for another NBA franchise.
As for the ownership question that has kept the Kings in limbo for years, Commissioner David Stern wants it settled now.
League owners voted to follow the recommendation of their relocation committee and reject an aggressive bid to move the Kings, and Stern promptly announced that he hoped to have a deal in place in 48 hours with a group that wants to buy the team from the Maloof brothers.
Bad knees force Garrard to retire
NEW YORK (AP) — David Garrard is out of the New York Jets’ quarterback competition.
A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Garrard plans to retire because of lingering knee issues.
The 35-year-old Garrard was signed in March to provide veteran competition for Mark Sanchez.
• OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Linebacker Rolando McClain told the Baltimore Ravens that he’s retiring.
The 23-year-old McClain played three seasons with the Oakland Raiders before signing a one-year contract with Baltimore as a free agent on April 12.
Ten days after signing with the Ravens, McClain was arrested in Decatur, Alabama, and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
• OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders signed free agent kick returner and wide receiver Josh Cribbs to a one-year contract, giving the team a versatile player that could boost the offense and special teams.
• KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former FBI Director Louis Freeh’s firm was hired by trucking companies suing Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam’s company, Pilot Flying J.
Pilot Flying J, the nation’s largest diesel fuel retailer, has been alleged to have bilked customers out of rebates.
• FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots released defensive tackle Kyle Love after he was diagnosed with diabetes. Love had lost about 20 pounds before receiving the diagnosis about two weeks ago then gained about half of it back, Richard Kopelman, his agent, said.
The Patriots did not mention the diagnosis in a statement announcing the move.
Mayweather tops highest-paid list
NEW YORK (AP) — Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the highest-earning athlete in American sports for the second straight year.
The boxer is projected to make $90 million in 2013 according to Sports Illustrated’s annual list released Wednesday. Miami Heat star LeBron James is a distant second at $56.5 million.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees vaults into the rankings at No. 3 at $47.8 million thanks to a new contract signed before last season. Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers is fourth at just under $47 million.
Tiger Woods is fifth with $40.8 million, his lowest spot since SI started the list in 2004. He was No. 1 through 2011.
The top 50 include 25 baseball players, 13 basketball players and eight football players, with no female athletes for the fifth consecutive year.
The estimates combine salary, winnings and endorsements.
Harmon accused of stealing trailer
SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR driver Mike Harmon has been accused of stealing a team transporter from Jennifer Jo Cobb.
Cobb reported the trailer was stolen early Saturday from the JJC racing shop. She is a driver and team owner in NASCAR’s Truck Series.
Cobb told investigators the trailer was taken by Harmon and Sheila Rae Rice, and the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office said it issued warrants for their arrest for felony larceny and breaking and entering.
Rutgers names Hermann its AD
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers named Julie Hermann its new athletic director, and the former No. 2 athletic administrator at Louisville promised a restart for the scandal-scarred program following the ouster of its men’s basketball coach and the resignation of other officials.
Hermann replaces Tim Pernetti, who quit last month after the firing of basketball coach Mike Rice. Practice videos surfaced of Rice shoving and throwing basketballs at players and yelling gay slurs at them.
She becomes the first woman to head Rutgers’ athletic program and one of three female ADs at the schools that make up the 124 playing at college football’s top tier.
Yankee Stadium to host NHL
NEW YORK (AP) — Yankee Stadium will host a pair of NHL games next season, with the New York Rangers playing the New Jersey Devils on Jan. 26 and the Rangers meeting the Islanders three days later.
The NHL is increasing its popular outdoor games, which in the past had been limited to on or around New Year’s Day. There likely will be six next season.
Murray exits Italian Open
ROME (AP) — Back pain forced Andy Murray to retire midway through his second-round match at the Italian Open on Wednesday. He may have to sit out the French Open, too.
Rafael Nadal began his bid for a seventh Rome title by cruising past local hope Fognini of Italy 6-1, 6-3 in just 61 minutes, and two-time defending champion Maria Sharapova eased past Spanish qualifier Garbine Muguruza 6-2, 6-2.
Meanwhile, rising Polish player Jerzy Janowicz upset eighth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 7-6 (5) then celebrated by ripping his shirt apart, showing off his muscular physique.