Titans owner Bud Adams, who helped found the American Football League and whose battles for players helped lead to the merger with the NFL, died in Nashville. He was 90. The team announced Monday that Adams had died, saying he ‘‘passed away peacefully from natural causes.’’ The son of a prominent oil executive, Adams built his own energy fortune and founded the Houston Oilers. Adams’s 409 wins were the most of any current NFL owner. His franchise made 21 playoff appearances in 53 seasons, eighth among teams since 1960. Obituary, B12.
76ers: Everett’s Noel to sit all season
Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown told ESPN.com the team plans to hold first-round pick and Everett native Nerlens Noel out the entire season. Noel is recovering from surgery on his left knee to repair a torn ACL. He underwent surgery in March and the original timetable on rehab was 6-8 months . . . A person with knowledge of the decision told the Associated Press that the Timberwolves will exercise the option for 2013-14 on forward Derrick Williams’s contract . . . The Cavaliers will retire the No. 11 jersey of former center Zydrunas Ilgauskas March 8 . . . Denver guard Nate Robinson was fined $10,000 for pushing Oklahoma City’s Steven Adams from behind and striking him in the chest during a preseason game last Tuesday . . . Thunder center Hasheem Thabeet was suspended one regular-season game for head-butting the Pelicans’ Greg Stiemsma during a preseason game on Thursday.
Hamrlik retires after 20 NHL seasons
Free agent defenseman Roman Hamrlik has retired after a 20-year NHL career. The three-time All-Star was drafted first overall by Tampa Bay in 1992. He played 1,395 games in the regular season and 113 in the playoffs with the Lightning, Oilers, Islanders, Flames, Canadiens, Capitals, and Rangers. He also helped the Czech Republic win the gold medal at the 1998 Nagano Olympics . . . Canadiens winger Brandon Prust will be out four weeks with a right shoulder injury suffered in Saturday’s loss to the Predators. Montreal forward Daniel Briere also left Saturday’s game with a concussion. The team has not said how long he will be out . . . Avalanche forward Cody McLeod was suspended five games for his hit along the boards on Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall last week. Kronwall suffered a concussion and cuts to his ear . . . Islanders forward Michael Grabner was suspended two games for his illegal check to the head of Hurricanes forward Nathan Gerbe in a game on Saturday . . . The Stars activated goaltender Kari Lehtonen from injured reserve. Lehtonen has missed the past five games with a lower body injury . . . Allan Stanley, a Hall of Fame defenseman who won four Stanley Cups with the Maple Leafs during a 22-year NHL career, died in Toronto. He was 87.
NCAA to release Miami probe findings
The NCAA will unveil the findings of its long investigation into Miami athletics and release any proposed sanctions on Tuesday, about 2½ years after the probe began and more than eight months after saying the Hurricanes did not ‘‘exercise institutional control’’ over former booster Nevin Shapiro’s interactions with the football and men’s basketball programs. The decision will answer whether the football program, by sitting out two bowl games and last season’s Atlantic Coast Conference title game, has already paid enough of a price for the wrongdoing . . . Naquan Smith and his Grambling football teammates have no regrets about a nearly weeklong boycott that forced the university to forfeit its game against Jackson State on Saturday. Smith said the entire team voted to end the boycott and return to practice Monday . . . Alabama junior safety Vinnie Sunseri is out for the season with a left knee injury and will have surgery Tuesday . . . Police investigating the shooting death of Eastern Michigan football player Demarius Reed are offering $5,000 for clues to his killer’s identity . . . Former Penn State president Graham Spanier wants a judge to put his planned defamation lawsuit in Harrisburg, Pa., against former FBI Director Louis Freeh on hold until after Spanier’s criminal trial in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Spanier’s lawyers contend that moving forward on the civil case now would undercut it.
Revolution’s Fagundez a US resident
New England Revolution midfielder Diego Fagundez, a native of Uruguay, has gained permanent resident status from the US government and will now count as a domestic player on the Revolution’s roster. The Leominster product is the Revolution’s leading scorer with 13 goals this season . . . MLS president Mark Abbott said if Orlando’s county commission approves a funding plan for a new downtown soccer stadium on Tuesday, the league will move quickly to draw up an agreement to award it an expansion franchise . . . Portugal must beat Sweden in a playoff to advance to the World Cup in Brazil. The two teams were drawn to face each other in a two-leg series scheduled for Nov. 15 and 19. France will play Ukraine, Greece was paired with Romania, and Iceland will play Croatia . . . Backers for Shane Mosley say the American boxer has withdrawn from his scheduled bout with Anthony Mundine in Sydney on Wednesday because of a contract dispute.