Tracy McGrady announced his retirement from the NBA Monday, ending a 16-year career that included two scoring titles, seven All-Star appearances, injuries to his knee and back, and zero playoff series wins while he was leading the way. ‘‘Thank all of you who have supported me over 16 NBA seasons, 7 All-Stars, and countless exciting moments,’’ McGrady tweeted Monday morning. ‘‘Retiring from NBA. Stay tuned.’’ McGrady didn’t rule out continuing his career overseas, perhaps in China, where he played last season. McGrady was drafted by Toronto out of high school in 1997, became a star in Orlando, was traded to Houston in 2004, and also played for the Knicks, Pistons, Hawks, and Spurs. He averaged 19.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game in his career . . . Forward Ronnie Brewer said he has taken a physical to sign with the Rockets. The 28-year-old free agent told KRIV-TV of Houston that he has agreed to a two-year contract . . . Lamar Odom, who TMZ had reported Sunday was missing for 72 hours after a dispute with his wife, is at a hotel with friends who are helping him battle a drug problem, sources told ESPN. Odom’s agent, Jim Schwartz, confirmed Odom is not missing and that the 33-year-old free agent plans on playing in the NBA next season.
Stewart-Haas Racing reels in Busch
Kurt Busch said he has signed with Stewart-Haas Racing, which is rapidly developing into a super-team and will have four cars next season with the addition of the 2004 NASCAR champion. Busch recently received an offer from SHR co-owner Gene Haas to leave Furniture Row Racing to join a team that will expand next season to four cars. He’ll be teammates with co-owner Tony Stewart, who is out the rest of this year with a broken leg, Danica Patrick, and Kevin Harvick, who is coming from Richard Childress Racing. Harvick is replacing Ryan Newman in the lineup, and Stewart said last month that Newman was being let go because SHR could not expand to four cars.
Positional battles begin to clear up
Tennessee coach Butch Jones named junior Justin Worley the Volunteers’ starting quarterback for the season opener Saturday against Austin Peay. Jones beat out three other hopefuls to replace the departed Tyler Bray, who threw for 3,612 yards and 34 touchdowns last season . . . Jake Waters will be under center when defending Big 12 champion Kansas State opens its season Friday night against defending FCS champion North Dakota State. Waters, who will replace Heisman finalist Collin Klein, threw for more than 3,500 yards, 39 touchdowns, and only three interceptions for Iowa Western Community College last season . . . Oregon State coach Mike Riley named Sean Mannion the starting quarterback for the No. 25 Beavers ahead of their season opener Saturday against Eastern Washington . . . Louisville coach Charlie Strong said senior running back Senorise Perry will start Sunday’s season opener against Ohio. Perry, who ran for 705 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, will see his first action for the ninth-ranked Cardinals since a right anterior cruciate ligament tear last Nov. 10 . . . Michigan will open the season down two captains: Linebacker Jake Ryan is out until at least October as he recovers from a torn ACL, and safety Courtney Avery is expected to miss two weeks after having arthroscopic knee surgery . . . West Virginia reserve linebacker Shaq Petteway will miss the 2013 season with a torn knee ligament. Petteway had 42 tackles as a backup last season.
Devils, Henrique agree to six-year deal
The Devils re-signed center Adam Henrique to a six-year, $24 million contract. Henrique, 23, had 11 goals and 16 points in 42 games last season with New Jersey after an All-Rookie Team appearance . . . American sprinter Justin Gatlin beat Jamaica’s Nickel Ashmeade in the 100 meters at the Gugl Games in Linz, Austria. Gatlin clocked 10.08 seconds to beat Ashmeade by 0.09. Barbara Pierre won the 100 ahead of Charonda Williams and Alexandra Anderson to lead an American sweep in the women’s event. World record-holder Aries Merritt of the US beat 2008 Olympic champion Dayron Robles by 0.23 to take the 110 hurdles in 13.26 . . . After Manchester United and Chelsea battled to a scoreless draw at Old Trafford, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho called on Wayne Rooney to decide in the next two days whether he wants to move to the London club or stay at Manchester United . . . The Revolution’s Kelyn Rowe was voted Major League Soccer’s player of the week after his two-goal performance in the Revolution’s 5-1 win over Philadelphia Sunday . . . Revolution forward Jerry Bengtson will represent Honduras during the country’s upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers. He will miss the Revolution’s match against Montreal on Sept. 8.