NFL: Longtime Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher is hanging up his cleats. Urlacher announced today he was retiring, saying he could continue playing but didn't want to. The 34-year-old also says the decision "became pretty clear" when he thought about the fact he could retire after a 13-year career with only one team. Urlacher adds he'll miss his teammates, coaches and Bears fans, but leaves the game with no regrets. He became a free agent in March after being unable to reach a contract with the Bears.
College Basketball: ESPN reports former Kentucky big man Nerlens Noel’s rehab from his knee injury is 3-4 weeks ahead of schedule. Noel suffered an ACL tear in his left knee against Florida in February and later announced he was heading to the NBA. Noel said he has no regrets about leaving Kentucky to go to the NBA and said the year in Lexington was his best ever. The Cleveland Cavaliers will have the number one pick in the NBA draft and are expected to take Noel.
The Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports Vanderbilt is blocking Sheldon Jeter from transferring to Pittsburgh. Jeter announced last Friday he was leaving the Commodore program after one season to play at a school closer to his Pennsylvania home.
Jeter apparently has options which include asking Vanderbilt’s athletic department to overturn Coach Kevin Stallings ruling, play for a school other than Pitt or pay one year’s tuition at Pitt before being put on scholarship.
Golf: Sergio Garcia has spent today apologizing for comments made Tuesday about fellow golfer Tiger Woods. Garcia was at a European Tour awards dinner when asked if he would have dinner with Woods during the US Open. Garcia said he would have him around and have fried chicken. Garcia says his comments were hurtful and inappropriate. The two players have been verbally sparring since the Players Championship two weeks ago, when Garcia claimed Woods caused him to play a poor shot during the third round.
MLB: It’s getaway day for the Cincinnati Reds as they close out their series with the New York Mets at Citi Field this afternoon. Other National League action has Chicago meeting Pittsburgh this evening along with St. Louis at San Diego. Interleague action this afternoon has Atlanta hosting Minnesota.
NBA/NHL: After a week layoff, the defending champion Miami Heat take the floor tonight in South Beach for Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference final showdown with the Indiana Pacers.
The Ottawa Senators will look to tie their series with the Pittsburgh Penguins at two games apiece when the two clubs play in the only NHL playoff game this evening.