ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Receiver Anquan Boldin is abruptly giving up on football to pursue his humanitarian and charitable work just under two weeks after signing with the Buffalo Bills.
Boldin released a statement Sunday night, shortly after informing the Bills of his decision.
Boldin, the NFL’s 2015 Walter Payton Man of the Year, oversees the south Florida-based Q81 Foundation, which offers educational support for under-privileged children.
Bills general manager Brandon Beane said the team respects Boldin’s decision to retire.
Boldin’s decision came as a complete surprise, especially after he talked about building on his legacy entering his 15th season and being open to serving as a mentor for Buffalo’s young group of receivers.
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) – Despite spending the afternoon with 12-year-old Little Leaguers who idolize pros like himself, Josh Bell didn’t find himself dispensing much advice.
So he gave them a firsthand demonstration of how to hit one out.
Bell homered and drove in four runs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates over the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 in the Little League Classic on Sunday night.
The teams played at renovated Bowman Field, a 91-year-old minor league ballpark located 5 miles from where the Little League World Series is taking place. Sitting in the front rows were admiring Little Leaguers who got to mingle with the big league stars earlier in the day, part of a Major League Baseball initiative to celebrate youth baseball.
After the final out of MLB’s first regular-season game in Williamsport, the Pirates shook hands on the field as usual following a victory. And then – in a nod to Little League baseball – both teams lined up at home plate and shook hands with each other, throwing in some hugs and high-fives to finish off a feel-good day.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Lexi Thompson set the tone by rallying from four holes down. The rest of the Americans took it from there and restored their dominance in the Solheim Cup
Her U.S. teammates followed her lead and the Americans finished off their most-decisive Solheim Cup victory in over 20 years, beating Europe 16 1/2-11 1/2 at Des Moines Golf and Country Club.
Cristie Kerr and Paula Creamer won key matches, and Gerina Piller sealed it with a birdie putt that put her 3 up over Florentyna Parker with three to play in a 4-and-2 victory.
Juli Inkster joined Judy Rankin as the only U.S. captains to win the Solheim Cup twice.
The Americans are 10-5 in the biennial tournament after their biggest win since a 17-11 triumph in 1996 in Wales. They rallied to win in Germany in 2015, and have taken five of the last seven matches.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Henrik Stenson kept making birdies on the back nine at the Wyndham Championship. They added up to a tournament record – and his first victory of the year.
Stenson closed with a 6-under 64 for a one-stroke victory in the final event of the PGA Tour regular season.
The 2013 FedEx Cup champion finished at 22-under 258 at Sedgefield Country Club, breaking the course’s 72-hole record set by Carl Pettersson in 2008 and matched last year by Si Woo Kim.
The Swede earned $1,044,000 and 500 FedEx Cup points for his sixth win on tour and his first since the 2016 British Open.
Ollie Schniederjans shot a 64 to finish second. Webb Simpson was 18 under after a 67.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Doc Redman stood over a 60-foot eagle putt on the 35th hole of the U.S. Amateur final, his hand in his pocket as usual. One hole earlier, he missed a 4-footer to fall two holes behind with two to play, and his championship chances probably rested on this long, tricky shot.
And if the 19-year-old sophomore from Clemson felt even a bit of that pressure, Redman never showed it while he holed that daunting putt and made an incredible comeback to win.
Redman rallied past Doug Ghim and won on the first extra hole, claiming the Havemeyer Trophy in the 117th edition of the Amateur.
NEW YORK (AP) – The NBA is investigating whether the Los Angeles Lakers tampered with All-Star forward Paul George while he was under contract with the Indiana Pacers.
The Pacers asked the league to open the probe.
There is no known timetable for the completion of the investigation being conducted by the New York law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.
George is a four-time All-Star and Los Angeles native who was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder this offseason. The Pacers traded him after George told them he planned to leave Indiana as a free agent next summer.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Ragan Smith embraced the role of heavy favorite coming into the U.S. gymnastics championships.
Thrust into the spotlight for the first time in her career, the 17-year-old hardly appeared intimidated by the stage. Smith pulled away from the field to claim her first national title, posting a score of 115.250, more than three points clear of Jordan Chiles in second place and Riley McCusker in third.
Smith is one of the few holdovers from the 2016 Olympic cycle, serving as an alternate for the ”Final Five” team that won half of the available medals in Rio de Janeiro last fall. Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, Madison Kocian and Laurie Hernandez are taking breaks or have moved on, leaving Smith as the standard bearer for new national team coordinator Valeri Liukin.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Yul Moldauer won the all-around title at the U.S. men’s gymnastics championships Saturday night, overcoming an early bobble on high bars to hold off Oklahoma teammate Allan Bower and all but lock up a spot on the world championship team.
Moldauer posted a two-day total of 171.600, a full point better than Bower and nearly two points clear of 2016 Olympic alternate Donnell Whittenburg. Moldauer, the 2016 NCAA champion, wasn’t quite as crisp in the finals as he was in preliminaries, but it hardly mattered. Shortly after sticking his dismount on parallel bars despite clipping one of them on the way down, Moldauer embraced Sooners coach Mark Williams before celebrating with his teammates.
Akash Modi, the reigning NCAA champion, began the night with the best chance at chasing down Moldauer but ended up fourth thanks to significant form breaks on four of the six events.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Two-time Olympian Sam Mikulak and 2016 bronze medalist Alex Naddour both overcame injuries to make the six-man 2017 world championship team. Donnell Whittenburg, an alternate on the 2016 Olympic team and a two-time world championship team member, also made the squad that will travel to Montreal in October.
Yul Moldauer, who won the all-around title at the U.S. championships on Saturday, made his first world championship team. Eddie Penev and Marvin Kimble also will compete for the Americans.
The meet runs from Oct. 2-8.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Aly Raisman is ready to talk about ”the elephant in the room.” And the six-time Olympic medal-winning gymnast thinks it’s time USA Gymnastics joins in a conversation she feels is long overdue.
The 23-year-old called for sweeping change Saturday in the organization in the wake of dozens of allegations of sexual abuse by former national team doctor Larry Nassar, a scandal that has left one of the U.S. Olympic movement’s marquee programs scrambling and Raisman shaken.
Raisman, who was around Nassar regularly at the team’s training facility in Texas and at meets around the globe, declined to talk about whether she was treated improperly by Nassar. She did agree to speak more generally, calling Nassar ”a monster” and blaming USA Gymnastics for failing to stop him and spending too much of the fallout attempting to ”sweep it under the rug.”
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) -Kyle Busch swept the weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway by winning the Monster Energy Cup Series race Saturday night. He also won in the Truck Series on Wednesday night and the Xfintiy Series on Friday night. He’s the only driver to pull of the sweep, and he also did it in 2010.
Busch won for the 40th time in the Cup Series, sixth time at Bristol in Cup, and second time this season. All told, he’s won 20 times across NASCAR’s national series at the Tennessee bullring.
Erik Jones settled for second, a spot short of what the rookie believes he needs to guarantee himself a spot in NASCAR’s playoffs. Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth were third and fourth as Joe Gibbs Racing took the win and two other spots inside the top four, while all four drivers were in Toyotas.