OAKLAND, Calif. — The NBA champion Golden State Warriors could be without head coach Steve Kerr for the start of the 2015-16 season after he took a leave of absence on Thursday as he recovers from back surgery. Kerr, 50, who guided the Warriors to the NBA championship in his first season in charge, had surgery to repair a ruptured disc in late July and then a follow-up procedure last month.
CHICAGO — Former All-Star point guard Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls is expected to be sidelined for two weeks after having surgery on Wednesday to repair a facial fracture, the National Basketball Association team said. Rose was struck by an accidental elbow during the team's first day of practice on Tuesday and sustained a left orbital fracture.
BRISTOL, Tenn. — Tony Stewart, one of auto racing's biggest names, announced on Wednesday he would retire from NASCAR driving after the 2016 season, saying: "Deep down you know when it's time to do something different." The mercurial 44-year-old Stewart, a three-time NASCAR champion and winner of 48 races at the circuit's top level, said Clint Boyer would get behind the wheel of the Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet after next season.
PITTSBURGH — The St. Louis Cardinals waited until after their game against the Pittsburgh Pirates ended on Wednesday before celebrating their third successive National League Central title, though they could have started after the third inning. The Cardinals wrapped up the division title with an 11-1 rout of the Pittsburgh Pirates as Jason Heyward had a third-inning grand slam among his three hits.
ZURICH, Switzerland — FIFA president Sepp Blatter and the man who aims to replace him, UEFA chief Michel Platini, both insisted Monday there was nothing untoward about a 2 million Swiss franc payment at the center of fresh corruption allegations.
NEW YORK — Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Monday a recommendation by organizers of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo to include baseball was an “exciting step” toward seeing the game return to a major global stage.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Washington Nationals on Monday suspended relief pitcher Jonathan Papelbon for four games without pay a day after he grabbed teammate Bryce Harper by the neck during a dugout altercation in a game against the Philadelphia Phillies.
ATLANTA — Jordan Spieth capped a brilliant season in sensational style as he scored a four-shot victory at the Tour Championship on Sunday that also won him the FedExCup playoffs title for an $11.48 million payday.
METZ, France — Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Gilles Simon 7-6(5) 1-6 6-2 in an all-French final at the Moselle Open to claim his 12th ATP title on Sunday. The third-seeded Tsonga eventually had too much power for his second-seeded opponent in a rematch of the 2013 final won by Simon.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Major League Baseball (MLB) said on Friday a decision on whether to lift all-time hits leader Pete Rose’s lifetime ban will be made by the end of 2015. Rose, who earlier this year sent a formal request to have his ban for gambling on baseball games lifted, met with MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred in New York on Thursday to discuss his application for reinstatement.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Steve Nash, a retired two-time NBA most valuable player who was one of the best point guards ever to grace the game, has joined the champion Golden State Warriors as a player development consultant. After weeks of speculation, the Warriors made the Nash hire official on Friday. The 41-year-old Canadian’s duties will include being “embedded” for stretches with the Warriors as well as doing on-court work with the team.
TOKYO — Japanese centenarian Hidekichi Miyazaki set a fresh record as the world’s oldest competitive sprinter this week, one day after turning 105, but said he was disappointed at falling short of his own personal best. “I wanted to shave off a few more seconds as I got 36 seconds while training,” Miyazaki, wearing a bright red T-shirt and running shorts, said after completing his heat with a time of 42.22 on Wednesday. His personal record of 34.10, chalked up when he was 103, remains unbeaten for centenarian.