BASEBALL

Royals extend Yost, GM Moore, sign Duensing

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Several times over the past year, Ned Yost floated the possibility of retirement when his contract to manage the Kansas City Royals expires after the upcoming season.

Then he realized he was having too much fun winning.

So after General Manager Dayton Moore signed his own contract extension to remain in charge of the World Series champions, Yost decided to sign on for two more years. That means the 61-year-old Yost is committed to running the Royals' dugout through at least the 2018 season.

Also, the Royals agreed to a minor league contract with left-hander Brian Duensing, a former Husker and Millard South graduate.

In other news:

The Diamondbacks exercised the 2017 option of manager Chip Hale.

FOOTBALL

Carolina defensive end Allen retires after 12 seasons

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Panthers defensive end Jared Allen announced his retirement from football on Twitter in unique fashion — from atop a horse.

Allen, who often refers to himself as a cowboy after being raised on a ranch, thanked everyone in a short video before saying, "I was going to ride off into the sunset, but seeing there is no sunset, I'm just going to ride off." He then turned the horse and galloped away into the dark night with snow on the ground.

Allen, 33, finished his career with 136 career sacks — ninth-most in NFL history. He led the league in sacks in 2007 and 2011.

In other news:

Jaguars backup quarterback Chad Henne signed a two-year contract extension.

AUTO RACING

Kyle Busch, Earnhardt Jr. win Daytona qualifying races

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Kyle Busch won the second qualifying race Thursday night for the Daytona 500, but several contenders wrecked their prized cars in a last-lap accident.

Busch was trying to hold off Jamie McMurray on the final lap and briefly blocked him. McMurray moved up the track for another try, but Jimmie Johnson was in the same space and Johnson bounced off the wall to trigger a multi-car accident.

Among those who wrecked strong race cars were Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Martin Truex Jr. Robert Richardson Jr. earned the final transfer spot into Sunday's season-opening race.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the first qualifying race, while Michael McDowell earned that transfer spot into the 500.

GOLF

Spieth opens with 79, while Villegas leads Northern Trust

LOS ANGELES — Jordan Spieth was everywhere he wasn't supposed to be at Riviera and wound up with a 79 in the Northern Trust Open.

Spieth called it a day to forget. It was his worst score since an 80 in the 2014 Tour Championship.

For Camilo Villegas, it was a day to savor. The Colombian ran off four straight birdies late in his round and challenged the course record until a bogey on his final hole for a 63. He led by three shots over Bubba Watson, Chez Reavie and Luke List.

VOLLEYBALL

Four Bluejays, one Mav headed to national tryouts

Four players from Creighton and one from UNO will participate in the U.S. women's national team open tryouts this weekend in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Lauren Smith, Jaali Winters, Taryn Kloth and Brittany Witt will head to the U.S. Olympic Training Center for the tryouts. UNO setter Sydney O'Shaughnessy also will participate.

Smith and Winters were both named first-team All-Big East last season, and joined Kloth as key contributors on Creighton's team that reached the Sweet 16 for the first time. Witt is an Omaha Marian product who will enroll at Creighton in August.

O'Shaughnessy was an All-Summit selection in 2015, helping the Mavericks to an appearance in the Summit League championship final.

OUTDOORS

Services set for Game and Parks commissioner

Funeral services for Lynn Berggren, a Nebraska Game and Parks commissioner, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Broken Bow.

Berggren, 65, died of a heart attack Tuesday at his hunting blind near Overton, Nebraska.

Compiled from press services and local reports.

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