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BASEBALL

Ryan retiring as CEO of Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas – Nolan Ryan is retiring from the Texas Rangers again, this time leaving his CEO role 20 years after ending his Hall of Fame career as a pitcher.

Ryan said the move closes a chapter of his life in baseball. He feels it’s time to move on to other things.

In his opening statement at a news conference yesterday, Ryan made a reference to resigning. Asked about the difference in the team saying he’s retiring, Ryan paused and then said he won’t be CEO of another major league team.

Rangers co-chairman Ray Davis said the ownership group is disappointed with Ryan’s decision but understands it. The 66-year-old Ryan is also selling his ownership stake in the team.

NFL

Texans starting Keenum at QB vs Chiefs

HOUSTON – Case Keenum will start at quarterback for the Houston Texans on Sunday at unbeaten Kansas City.

Coach Gary Kubiak said Matt Schaub, who is dealing with injuries to his right ankle and foot, won’t play this week.

Keenum was a record-setting quarterback at the University of Houston before spending last season on the practice squad. The undrafted free agent has never appeared in a regular-season NFL game.

Kubiak chose to go with Keenum over backup T.J. Yates, who struggled Sunday after Schaub was hurt, throwing two interceptions.

NFL

Vick: Foles ready to start at QB for Eagles

PHILADELPHIA – Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, still recovering from a hamstring injury, does not expect to play in Sunday’s game against Dallas.

However, Coach Chip Kelly has not officially ruled him out yet.

Vick has practiced on a limited basis all week, while second-year quarterback Nick Foles has worked with the first team.

The Eagles (3-3) have won consecutive games, with Foles largely under center, and Sunday’s game with the Cowboys (3-3) is for first place in the NFC East.

“I don’t want to push it too much and just let things happen naturally. It’s going to be fun to watch. I look forward to watching Nick (Foles) play,” Vick said yesterday. “I’ve had some great battles with the Dallas Cowboys and they’ve all been fun. Nick will get a chance to experience that.”

INDYCAR

2014 schedule condensed into five months

INDIANAPOLIS – IndyCar will compress its 2014 season into five months and end at Fontana on Labor Day weekend.

The schedule does not include Brazil and Baltimore and adds the inaugural road course race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

IndyCar will run 18 races, which includes three double-headers. Detroit, Houston and Toronto will again host the double-headers, but Houston will move its races from October to June.

The season will open March 30 in St. Petersburg and end Aug. 30 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.

SPRINT CUP

Sadler to replace Vickers for final 4 races

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Elliott Sadler will replace Brian Vickers for the final four Sprint Cup Series races of the season at Michael Waltrip Racing.

Vickers is sidelined for the remainder of the year with a blood clot in his right leg. He cannot race because of blood thinner medication he’s taking to treat the clot.

Vickers informed MWR on Monday of the clot, and team co-owner Waltrip was already scheduled to drive the No. 55 Toyota this weekend at Talladega.

Sadler was tabbed yesterday to drive at Martinsville, Texas, Phoenix and Homestead.

SPRINT CUP

Almirola crew chief Parrott suspended by NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR indefinitely suspended Todd Parrott, the crew chief for Sprint Cup Series driver Aric Almirola, for violating its substance-abuse policy.

NASCAR announced its decision yesterday against Parrott, who works for Richard Petty Motorsports.

Sammy Johns, RPM’s vice president of operations and competition, will handle crew chief duties for the No. 43 Ford this weekend at Talladega and until further notice.

Parrott was the longtime crew chief for Hall of Fame driver Dale Jarrett when Jarrett was at Robert Yates Racing. He guided him to two Daytona 500 victories, in 1996 and 2000, and wins at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1996 and 1999.

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