Doug Collins will not return next season as coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, two people with knowledge of the situation told the Associated Press Sunday. Collins told management he wanted to leave after a season that has the Sixers stuck in ninth place in the Eastern Conference. Collins led the Sixers to the playoffs in his first two seasons. The decision came hours after his agent, John Langel, told reporters Collins would return. Yahoo! Sports first reported Collins would leave. Team president Rod Thorn was already set to step aside after this season, leaving open the possibility Collins assumes greater front office control.
Bengals close to signing LB Harrison
Free agent linebacker James Harrison and the Cincinnati Bengals plan to meet Monday to discuss a deal, according to media reports. The outspoken ex-Steeler is a former Defensive Player of the Year. If Cincinnati can’t sign the 34-year-old Harrison, they will set their sights on Karlos Dansby, who has also been in contact with the team.
Reds ace Cueto likely headed to DL
The Reds plan on righthander Johnny Cueto hitting the 15-day disabled list with a strained lat, according to media reports. He was lifted in the fifth inning Saturday against Pittsburgh . . . The Cubs and the city of Chicago said they completed a $500 million pact to overhaul Wrigley Field, including $300 million in renovations that will feature a large new outfield video screen and allows the Cubs to play more night games . . . The Cubs placed catcher Steve Clevenger (strained abdomen) on the 60-day DL and claimed pitcher Kameron Loe off waivers from the Mariners. The Cubs also agreed to a minor league deal with reliever Kevin Gregg . . . The Nationals placed catcher Wilson Ramos (hamstring) on the 15-day DL . . . Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin dropped his appeal of the MLB-issued eight-game suspension received for charging the Dodgers’ Zack Greinke.
Georgetown’s Porter to decide on NBA
Georgetown’s Otto Porter, the Big East player of the year, will announce Monday whether he is declaring for the NBA draft. Porter finished second in national player of the year voting to Michigan’s Trey Burke, who formally announced his intention to enter the NBA draft . . . Maryland’s 7-foot center, Alex Len, plans on entering the NBA draft, according to Yahoo! Sports . . . Eddie Jordan is nearing an agreement with Rutgers to replace the fired Mike Rice as men’s basketball coach, according to a person familiar to the situation. Jordan and Rutgers interim athletic director Carl Kirschner met Sunday to finalize language in the contract before an announcement is made. Jordan, an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers, played for the Scarlet Knights from 1973-77 . . . A person familiar with the situation said that Loyola of Chicago accepted an invitation to join the Missouri Valley Conference, leaving the Horizon League.
Isner powers past Almagro for title
John Isner had seven aces and won the battle of big serves with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Nicolas Almagro in the final of the US Men’s Clay Court Championship in Houston . . . Top-ranked Novak Djokovic (right ankle) is unsure whether he’ll play at the Monte Carlo Masters this week . . . NASCAR confiscated the original rear-end housing parts from Joey Logano’s No. 22 Ford and the No. 2 of Penkse Racing teammate Brad Keselowski, the defending Sprint Cup champion, in Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. NASCAR officials said the situation will be evaluated further this week. Keselowski, who got on pit road in time and started 16th, finished ninth, and was outraged afterward. “The things I’ve seen over the last seven days have me questioning everything that I believe in, and I’m not happy about it,’’ he said . . . Manchester City reached the FA Cup final by beating defending champion Chelsea, 2-1, at Wembley Stadium . . . The international federations of both baseball and softball ratified a constitution to form the World Baseball Softball Confederation in a bid to return to the Olympics . . . Brad Davis had a goal and an assist, and Houston set an MLS record for longest home unbeaten streak in all competitions (35) with a 2-1 victory over Chicago; Will Johnson scored in the 78th minute in Portland’s 1-0 home win over San Jose, which played with 10 men in the last 35 minutes.