ESPN said that receiver Calvin Johnson told family, friends and Lions coach Jim Caldwell that he is retiring. ESPN did not name its sources.


Lions giving wide receiver time to decide future

ALLEN PARK, Mich. — The Detroit Lions are still giving Calvin Johnson time to ponder his future.

The team issued a statement Sunday, saying it stands by its previous statement that supported Johnson, after ESPN reported that the superstar receiver told family, friends and Lions coach Jim Caldwell that he is retiring. ESPN did not name its sources.

Johnson declined to say last season if he would restructure his contract, which calls for him to count $24 million against the salary cap in 2016.

If the 30-year-old chooses to retire, he will walk away from the game despite having the physical ability to play more, just as Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders did. Sanders was 30 in 1998, his 10th and final season with Detroit.

Also for the Lions, former Maryland coach Randy Edsall is joining the team as a director of football research.

Broncos' Clady says he's willing to redo contract

DENVER — The Denver Broncos know they're going to have to pony up to keep free agents Von Miller and Brock Osweiler in orange and navy this offseason. They might just find some financial relief from their longest-tenured player to help them do that.

Star left tackle Ryan Clady told the Associated Press that he'd be willing to restructure his contract to stay with the Broncos.

Clady said he hasn't been approached about redoing his deal, but "I'm sure that'll come after the season."

"I'm definitely willing to talk," he said. "I definitely would like to be a lifetime Bronco."

Clady, 29, is missing his second Super Bowl. Two years ago, he was out with a foot injury. This time, he's sidelined with a knee injury: He tore his left ACL in May and missed the entire season.

The eighth-year pro is due $9.5 million next season and $10 million in 2017.

Report: Baylor failed to investigate assaults

Three victims who said they were sexually assaulted by former Baylor player Tevin Elliott appeared on national television Sunday morning, claiming the school did nothing when told about the attacks.

Three women, whose faces were not shown and were identified by aliases, detailed their attacks to ESPN's "Outside the Lines."

The mother of one of the victims said she asked Bethany McCraw, associate dean for student conduct, if Baylor coach Art Briles and others involved with the football program knew about the six allegations.

"She said, 'Yes they know about it but it turns into a he said, she said. There has got to be an actual court decision in order to act on.'"

"Outside the Lines" reported that federal law requires a university investigation of allegations of sexual assault but found no evidence Baylor acted.

One of the victims, referred to as "Kim," said she reported her assault to the school.

The report said that McCraw, who never appeared on camera, said Kim's story was not accurate but refused further comment. A Baylor spokesperson did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment left Sunday afternoon.

Elliott was convicted of a 2012 sexual assault of one of the women in a State District Court in Waco, Texas, in January 2014.

He is currently serving a 20-year sentence in a state prison. Two other former Baylor students testified at his trial that he sexually assaulted them, too.

In other college news:

Authorities said 23-year-old Maikhail Miller, a former quarterback at Mississippi, died in a single-vehicle crash.

Coroner James Anderson in Mississippi's Marshall County told local media outlets Miller's SUV overturned Saturday evening near Holly Springs, ejecting him.

Miller played for Mississippi in 2012-13 and transferred to Murray State.


Braun says he's making progress after surgery

MILWAUKEE — Outfielder Ryan Braun said he is making steady progress after offseason back surgery and hopes to be back at 100 percent when the regular season starts for the Brewers in a few months.

For now, Braun said he's about a couple weeks behind from his typical offseason routine. He said Sunday at the team's winter fan event that he just started swinging a bat last week.

Spring training starts in about three weeks.


Ater Snedeker shoots 69, final rounds ppd. to Monday

SAN DIEGO — Brandt Snedeker called it one of the best rounds he ever played, one he doubts he could repeat if he had to start over. Still to be determined was whether his 3-under 69 in a raging wind and occasional rain Sunday at Torrey Pines would be good enough to win the Farmers Insurance Open.

He has to wait until Monday to find out.

Not long after Snedeker finished, the final round was suspended for the third and final time because of unplayable conditions. The wind was so fierce that the South Course was evacuated as the gusts started to push out windows in tents.

Monday will be closed to the public, and the only volunteers on duty will be drivers of the evacuation vans for the players.

"It's like playing a British Open on a U.S. Open setup," Snedeker said.

In gusts that frequently topped 40 mph, he delivered a major performance. Snedeker played the final 17 holes without a bogey. Of the 23 players who finished the round, 11 of them shot in the 80s and their average score was 78.9.


Goal in 90th minute lifts U.S. men past Iceland

CARSON, Calif. — Steve Birnbaum headed home the tiebreaking goal on Michael Bradley's corner kick in the 90th minute, and the U.S. men's national team opened its 2016 schedule with a 3-2 exhibition victory against Iceland on Sunday.

Jozy Altidore and Michael Orozco scored tying goals before Birnbaum knocked in the late winner to cap an entertaining start to the Americans' season.

Orozco's header evened it in the 59th minute of the Americans' first game back from a rough 2015 that included a 2-5-1 finish.

Coach Jurgen Klinsmann's team is preparing for World Cup qualifiers against Guatemala in March, and he fielded a lineup mixing World Cup veterans with four players making their U.S. debuts.

In other news:

Chelsea captain John Terry will leave the Premier League champions at the end of the season after the club he has served since the age of 14 told him it would not be renewing his contract. The 35-year-old, the most successful captain in Chelsea's history, was informed about the decision last week.


Larkin, Hosszu named FINA swimmers of the year

BUDAPEST, Hungary — The International Swimming Federation named Australia's Mitch Larkin and Hungary's Katinka Hosszu as its best swimmers of 2015. FINA also named China's He Chao the best male diver and his compatriot Shi Tingmao best female diver at its Sunday gala event.

Compiled from press services.

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