Sports shorts: Packers, Colts let go Woodson, Freeney let go to

2013-02-16T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: Packers, Colts let go Woodson, Freeney let go toThe Associated Press The Associated Press
February 16, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Former NFL Pro Bowl defensive stars Charles Woodson and Dwight Freeney are on the market.

The Green Bay Packers released Woodson, 36, on Friday with two years left on the defensive back's contract to clear cap space. The Indianapolis Colts said they would not re-sign Freeney, the Colts' career sacks leader who turns 33 on Tuesday. Indy also let go WR Austin Collie.

• Commissioner Roger Goodell was paid $29.49 million by NFL owners in 2011, nearly triple his compensation from the previous year. In 2011, he helped the league reach a new 10-year labor deal and work out lucrative TV deals.

• Ex-Lions receiver Titus Young was placed on waivers after a few days in St. Louis. The Rams also named Detroit secondary coach Tim Walton as its defensive coordinator.

• Jack Eskridge, credited with designing the famed blue star logo of the Dallas Cowboys, died Monday in Valley Falls, Kan. The ex-Dallas equipment manager was 89.

MISCELLANEOUS

Tennis tailgate, anyone? UA men at Reffkin

The UA men's tennis team will relocate to the Jim Reffkin Tennis Center at Reid Park for the weekend. The Wildcats (5-0) will celebrate with a tailgate.

Fans who arrive at the midtown tennis facility at 11 a.m. today will receive free food and drinks. The Cats will take on New Mexico at noon. Arizona will return to Reffkin on Sunday for a noon match against UC Riverside.

• Serena Williams earned the No. 1 ranking after coming from a set down to beat Petra Kvitova 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 to reach the Qatar Open semifinals Friday. Williams, 31, will be the oldest No. 1 women's player in next week's rankings.

• In Sao Paulo, Rafael Nadal overcame a poor start and a difficult third set to advance to the Brazil Open semifinals, beating Carlos Berlocq of Argentina 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.

• Julien Benneteau upset Roger Federer 6-3, 7-5 in the quarterfinals of the Netherlands' ABN AMRO tourney.

• The Pima College women's tennis team (2-2) beat Temple Community College 6-3 but lost to host Collin College 8-1 in a tourney in Plano, Texas.

• Matt Kenseth triggered a five-car accident in the opening practice for the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona, the non-points race that kicks off the season. Kurt Busch's No. 78 Chevrolet sustained the most damage, forcing the team to switch to a backup car for tonight's exhibition.

• Michael Bourn, an All-Star center fielder last season with Atlanta, signed a four-year, $48 million contract Friday with the Cleveland Indians and will bat leadoff.

• Ryan Ripken, son of Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, did not make the South Carolina baseball roster and will redshirt.

• Cyclist Christopher Froome extended his overall lead 27 seconds over Alberto Contador in the Tour of Oman after holding off Contador to win the fifth stage.

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