Wedge tells Mariners he won’t return

SEATTLE (AP) — Eric Wedge told the Seattle Mariners on Friday that he will not return as manager next season, saying it became obvious he did not have a future with the organization. Wedge will manage the final…

Derrick Rose poised to return to Bulls

DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Derrick Rose’s long-awaited return is just about complete. The former MVP point guard was back wearing his familiar uniform No. 1, looking ready to lead the Chicago Bulls back to contention in the Eastern…

Earnhardt wins pole at Dover

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. can pick up his pursuit of Matt Kenseth from out front. Earnhardt showed a rare burst of top qualifying speed, turning a track-record lap of 161.849 mph to win the pole…

Westbrook eager to return for Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook isn’t quite ready to go full speed after last season’s knee injury that left him on the bench for Oklahoma City’s second-round exit from the playoffs. The point guard, however, isn’t about…

Granger eager to get started following injury

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Danny Granger’s problematic left knee feels better. Teammates and coaches say he’s playing better, too. All Granger has to do now is prove he can still help the Pacers win games. “I’ve been playing the…

APNewsBreak: Tony Kanaan moving to Ganassi Racing

Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan will not return to KV Racing next season and is finalizing a deal to join Chip Ganassi Racing, The Associated Press has learned. Two people familiar with Kanaan’s plan said Friday that the…

Hamlin trying new treatment to avoid back surgery

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin is trying a new treatment on his injured back in an effort to avoid offseason surgery. Painkiller injections in his spine the past two weeks have helped, but he won’t…

McIlroy announces new management team

DUBLIN (AP) — Rory McIlroy said Friday he has ended his contract with one management company and is starting his own. McIlroy, a two-time major champion from Northern Ireland, began the process of changing his management in May…

5-Hour Energy sticks with Michael Waltrip Racing

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Sponsor 5-Hour Energy will stick with embattled Michael Waltrip Racing and driver Clint Bowyer through the 2014 season. The supplement company announced the decision on Friday. Company president Scott Henderson said last week at…

Woods voted PGA player of the year

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods was voted PGA Tour player of the year for the 11th time on the strength of his five big wins and return to No. 1 in the world. It was…

Cassel gets start at QB against Steelers in London

LONDON (AP) — Matt Cassel will start at quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings in place of injured Christian Ponder against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Wembley Stadium on Sunday. The Vikings say Friday that Cassel will replace Ponder, who…

Cuba will let athletes sign with foreign leagues

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba announced Friday that island athletes will be allowed to sign contracts to compete in foreign leagues, a shift from decades of policy that held professional sports to be anathema to socialist ideals. The measure…

Bud Selig says he will retire in January 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Bud Selig says he means it this time, that he will retire as baseball commissioner in January 2015. After a decade of maintaining his departure was imminent, the 79-year-old baseball commissioner put his exit…

5 things to know: Week 5 in college football

If you decided to skip college football last weekend, almost everything is right where you left it. The rankings hardly changed at all. Texas and Southern California fans are still disgruntled with their coaches, even after victories. Johnny…