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Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl smiles after receiving the Red Auerback trophy for being named the NBA Coach of the Year during a news conference, Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Reports: Bucs CB Barber to retire after 16 seasons
Multiple media outlets report that Ronde Barber is retiring from the NFL after 16 seasons as a standout defensive back.
Barber told Fox Sports.com, “I’ve had a better run than I ever could’ve dreamed of having.”
Barber’s twin brother, Tiki, who played running back for the Giants, had a post on his Twitter account that read: “Congrats & happy for my twin, Ronde, who’s hanging up the cleats!”
The 38-year-old Ronde Barber played cornerback for 15 seasons before moving to safety last year. He played his entire career with Tampa Bay, was selected to the Pro Bowl five times and is the franchise leader in interceptions with 47. He also scored eight touchdowns and had 28 sacks in 241 games.
Hill won’t face felony charge in arrest
SEATTLE – Former Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill won’t face a felony charge in his January arrest for investigation of domestic violence.
The King County Prosecutor’s Office said yesterday the case for a felony charge was legally insufficient to pursue. Prosecutor’s office spokesman Dan Donohoe said the case is being referred to the city attorney in Issaquah, the suburb where Hill was arrested. Hill could face possible misdemeanor charges.
Hill was arrested shortly after the Seahawks’ season ended for investigation of third-degree assault-domestic violence and unlawful imprisonment-domestic violence. Both are felonies. Hill’s girlfriend told the police she was assaulted numerous times for more than five hours.
Hill became a free agent after the season and Seattle has issued his No. 56 to new defensive end Cliff Avril.
49ers reach stadium naming rights deal with Levi’s
SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco 49ers and Levi Strauss & Co reached an agreement for a $220 million, 20-year naming rights deal for the team’s future stadium in Santa Clara.
Levi’s CEO Chip Bergh and 49ers CEO Jed York announced the deal yesterday at Levi’s Plaza in San Francisco. While the stadium will be in the heart of technology-rich Silicon Valley, the San Francisco-based apparel company will hold the name: Levi’s Stadium.
The upcoming season will be the 49ers’ last at historic Candlestick Park in San Francisco. The team is planning to move to the new $1.2 billion stadium, about 45 miles south in Santa Clara and adjacent to the 49ers practice facility, for the 2014 season.
Orioles 2B Roberts to have hamstring surgery
BALTIMORE – Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts will undergo surgery on his ailing right hamstring, a procedure that will add an extra six weeks to his time on the disabled list.
Roberts was placed on the DL with a strained right hamstring on April 5. Unsatisfied with his recovery, Roberts visited Dr. Daniel Cooper in Dallas yesterday for a second opinion.
After the consultation, Roberts agreed to have surgery. Cooper will attempt to repair a muscle in the hamstring at the Carrell Clinic today, according to the Orioles.
The 35-year-old Roberts played in only three games this season before hurting his hamstring, the latest in a series of injuries he’s experienced over the past four years.
A’s place OF Reddick on 15-day DL
CLEVELAND – The Oakland Athletics placed outfielder Josh Reddick on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right wrist.
The A’s made the move yesterday before playing the Cleveland Indians. Reddick joins Oakland center fielders Coco Crisp (hamstring) and Chris Young (quadriceps) on the DL.
Reddick hurt his wrist colliding with the wall in foul territory while chasing a pop on April 7 at Houston. He missed three games, but the injury was not improving.
Reddick is batting just .152 – third lowest in the AL – with one home run and 14 RBI in 29 games.
Denver’s Karl earns Coach of the Year honors
DENVER – George Karl is the NBA’s Coach of the Year after leading the Denver Nuggets to a team-record 57 wins this season.
Karl got 62 first-place votes from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.
Golden State eliminated the Nuggets, 92-88, in Game 6 last Thursday night.
The Nuggets rallied down the stretch, winning 15 straight at one point and going 24-4 after the All-Star break. They also won a franchise-best 38 games at the Pepsi Center.
Vokoun to start Game 5 in goal for Penguins
PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Penguins are turning to backup goaltender Tomas Vokoun.
Coach Dan Bylsma said Vokoun will be in net for Game 5 tonight when the Penguins resume their first-round playoff series with the New York Islanders. The series is tied 2-2 after the Islanders rallied for a 6-4 victory in Game 4 on Tuesday.
Pittsburgh starter Marc-Andre Fleury made just 18 saves in the loss. Vokoun excelled against the Islanders during the regular season, going 3-0 while stopping 98 of 101 New York shots, but the 36-year-old has just a 3-8 career playoff record.
Canadiens’ Gionta out for playoffs with biceps injury
BROSSARD, Quebec – Montreal Canadiens forward Brian Gionta will have surgery on his torn left biceps, knocking him out of the rest of the playoffs.
The Canadiens announced yesterday that Gionta undergo surgery tomorrow. The Montreal captain sat out Games 2 and 4 of the team’s first-round playoff series against the Ottawa Senators with what was called an upper body injury.
Gionta was limited to 31 games in the 2011-12 season due to torn biceps.
Lazier becomes 33rd driver to join Indy 500 field
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis 500 has reached 33 driver-car combinations.
Track officials announced yesterday that Buddy Lazier, the 1996 race champion and 2000 series champ, will drive the car for a team owned by his father, Bob.
If Lazier and the other 32 drivers on the entry list qualify, the race will start with its traditional 33-car field. Qualifying for the May 26 race is scheduled for May 18-19.
Singh suing PGA over proposed suspension
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Vijay Singh is suing the PGA Tour over the way it handled the investigation of his use of deer antler spray.
Singh filed the lawsuit in New York yesterday, one week after the tour said it was dropping its case against him. It said the World Anti-Doping Agency said two weeks ago it no longer considers the spray a banned substance except for a positive test.
The lawsuit says the tour had planned to suspend Singh for 90 days.
Singh said he wants to reclaim his reputation and hold the tour responsible for its “unwarranted effort” to suspend him. One of Singh’s attorneys, Jeffrey Rosenblum, said Singh was accused unjustly and that there should not be an asterisk next to the name of the four-time major champion.
Azarenka loses cool at Madrid Open; Nadal rolls on
MADRID – Victoria Azarenka lost her temper, broke her racket and argued with the chair umpire in an exit yesterday from the Madrid Open, where she’s been runner-up the last two years.
Losing to Ekaterina Makarova of Russia, 1-6, 6-2, 6-3, in the second round ended Azarenka’s 18-match winning streak to start the season.
Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal spoiled Benoit Paire’s 24th birthday by sweeping past the Frenchman, 6-3, 6-4. The fifth-ranked Nadal’s hopes of returning to the top four in time for the French Open were boosted by Novak Djokovic’s loss on Tuesday.
Azarenka double-faulted five times and got in just over half of her first serves. The 24th-ranked Makarova had 60 percent first-serve accuracy.
The Belarusian berated the umpire after picking up a second code violation for smashing her racket in the third set.
Man U’s Ferguson retiring at end of season
MANCHESTER, England – Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is retiring at the end of the season, bringing an end to more than 26 trophy-filled years at the club.
Since taking charge at Old Trafford in 1986, the 71-year-old Ferguson has established himself as the most successful manager in British soccer history, having reversed a previous plan to retire at the end of the 2001-02 season.
After the Scotsman secured a 13th Premier League title two weeks ago – extending the club’s record English championship haul to 20 – he declared that he had no retirement thoughts.
But now he has just two more matches left in charge of the club he has turned into one of the world’s biggest sports teams.
CWS video review expands to include OF line calls
OMAHA, Neb. – The use of video replay will be expanded at next month’s College World Series to give umpires the ability to take a second look at a ball hit down an outfield line to determine if it’s fair or foul.
Last year, instant replay was approved at the CWS for the first time and matched the major leagues’ rules for use. The only plays eligible involved apparent home runs. The situation never arose.
In cases where runners are on base and a foul call is changed to fair after a review, the umpire crew chief will place runners where he thinks they would have ended up had the call been correct initially. It’s a decision that could decide the national championship.