Sports shorts: Eight-time Pro Bowl linebacker Urlacher calls it quits

2013-05-23T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: Eight-time Pro Bowl linebacker Urlacher calls it quitsStaff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

CHICAGO - Brian Urlacher wasn't sure how dominant he could be any longer, so he's calling it a career after 13 seasons with the Chicago Bears.

It was a career that included eight Pro Bowl seasons, Defensive Player of the Year in 2005 and a trip to the Super Bowl as 2006 NFC champion.

And now, it's over. He announced his retirement through social media accounts Wednesday.

"After spending a lot of time this spring thinking about my NFL future, I have made a decision to retire," Urlacher said in a statement. "Although I could continue playing, I'm not sure I would bring a level of performance or passion that's up to my standards."

In March, Urlacher and the Bears were unable to reach a contract agreement and he became a free agent.

• The San Francisco 49ers suddenly have a huge void in their receiving corps.

Michael Crabtree, San Francisco's leading wide receiver, underwent surgery on his right Achilles tendon Wednesday.

The team is optimistic he will return at some point in 2013. Crabtree was operated on one day after suffering the injury during 7-on-7 drills in an organized team activity.

• Jets RB Mike Goodson pleaded not guilty to drug and weapons charges in a court appearance in Morristown on Wednesday. He was arrested early last Friday along with a friend after they were found in a car stopped on Interstate 80. The men were charged with marijuana possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and weapons offenses stemming from a 45-caliber semi-automatic handgun that included a hollow-point bullet found in the vehicle.

UA sports

Smyth loses in 1st round

Arizona junior Lacey Smyth lost in three sets in the first round of the NCAA tennis singles championships on Wednesday in Urbana, Ill.

North Carolina's Caroline Price, the No. 46 player in the country, defeated Smyth 7-5, 1-6, 6-2.

Smyth, playing at the No. 1 position in every match for the Wildcats this year, finished with a 16-10 record.

• The UA women's golf team did not finish its second round because of lightning Wednesday at the NCAA championships in Athens, Ga. The Wildcats were tied for 12th after the first round.

FC Tucson Soccer

4th-round pairings announced

If FC Tucson can defeat the Houston Dynamo in Wednesday's third-round match, it will play the FC Dallas-Fort Lauderdale Strikers winner in the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced Wednesday.

Wednesday's match against the MLS club in Houston will be at 5:30 p.m., Tucson time.

If FC Tucson and MLS's FC Dallas advance, the Round of 16 match will be in Frisco, Texas, on June 12 at 6 p.m., Tucson time. If FC Tucson and the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the North American Soccer League advance, the particulars will be determined at a later date.

Miscellaneous

Garcia apologizes for comment

Golfer Sergio Garcia apologized to Tiger Woods for saying he would serve fried chicken if they were to have dinner at the U.S. Open, an ugly addition to nearly two weeks of verbal sparring. "I feel sick about it, and I feel truly, truly sorry," Garcia said. The two golfers have exchanged barbs the last 11 days, dating to the third round of The Players Championship when Garcia implied that Woods purposely stirred up the gallery as the Spaniard was playing a shot.

• Past NASCAR champion Dale Jarrett joined father Ned in the NASCAR Hall of Fame and master mechanic Maurice "Chief" Petty became the fourth member of one of racing's most successful families to be bestowed with the honor, it was announced Wednesday.

• The Vancouver Canucks fired coach Alain Vigneault on Wednesday.

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