NEW YORK - Embattled New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez yesterday dropped his lawsuits against Major League Baseball, including one seeking a dismissal of his 162-game doping suspension which will likely cost him $US25 million. The lawsuit was filed after federal arbitrator Fredric Hororwitz upheld the one-season ban for 2014 against the 38-year-old superstar.
MANAUS, Brazil - A worker died on Friday in construction work at the World Cup stadium in Manaus, bringing the stadium's death toll to four ahead of the tournament which begins in June.
The 55-year-old worker was hit on the head by a falling part during efforts to dismantle a crane.
KINGSTON, Jamaica - World record-holder Usain Bolt will not decide until the Jamaican championships in June whether or not he will compete in the Commonwealth Games a month later, his coach Glen Mills said.
The Kingston meet from June 19 to 22 will determine the athletics squad for the Commonwealth showdown in Glasgow, Scotland, where the athletics events will be staged from July 27-August 2.
NEW YORK - New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis was named yesterday by NBA commissioner Adam Silver to replace injured Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant in next week's 63rd NBA All Star Game.
Davis, a member of the US gold medal team at the 2012 London Olympics, will make his first appearance at the annual showdown of elite talent in his team's home arena when the Eastern and Western Conference squads meet on February 16.
LONDON - South African Gary Kirsten doesn't want to be considered for the job of England team director because of personal reasons.
The 46-year-old had been tipped by many as a potential replacement for Andy Flower, who resigned last week to allow the team to rebuild after their disastrous tour of Australia, where they lost the Test series 5-0.
NEW YORK - Patty Mills bagged 16 points off the bench but wasn't able to lift a depleted San Antonio Spurs to victory over the Brooklyn Nets in New York on Fiday night.
A day after playing a key role in the Spurs' double-overtime NBA win over the Washington Wizards, the Australian guard couldn't get his side - missing their top four scorers - over the line as the Nets triumphed 103-89.
CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh - Kumar Sangakkara became the second batsman in history to score a triple-century and a hundred in the same match as Sri Lanka pressed for victory in the second Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong yesterday. The tourists, who led by 161 runs on the first innings, declared their second knock at 4-305 in the post-tea session of the fourth day's play at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium.