01/08/2012 12:05 AM

01/08/2012 12:05 AM

Jorge Posada is planning to retire after 17 seasons with the New York Yankees rather than pursue opportunities with other teams. A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Saturday that the five-time All-Star catcher, who's 40, will announce his retirement this month.


Eric Saunders scored 19 points and Josh Pleasant added 15 as Newman's men defeated Arkansas-Fort Smith 84-68 in its Heartland Conference opener Saturday at O'Shaughnessy Hall. Shamar Acuay added 13 points and Bobby Wesley had 12.

* Tasha Cannon's steal and layup with 43 seconds left helped seal Newman's women's 64-59 win over Arkansas-Fort Smith. Cannon had 17 points and 10 rebounds. Newman is 12-2, 1-0 in the Heartland Conference.

* Goddard's Lindsey Keller had 13 points as Oklahoma State's women upset No. 23 Texas 70-51 in Stillwater, Okla.

* Skylar Diggins scored 22 points and Natalie Novosel added 20, including six free throws in overtime, to help No. 3 Notre Dame rally to beat No. 2 Connecticut 74-67, snapping the visiting Huskies 57-game Big East winning streak.

* Brooke Conley (17 points) led four Pittsburg State players in double figures as the No. 13 Gorilla women won at No. 19 Emporia State 66-60.

* Josh Smith scored 25 points for Atlanta, which snapped Chicago's six-game win streak with a 109-94 NBA victory.


Former coach Bill Parcells and Chiefs guard Will Shields were named in their first year of eligibility as finalists for the 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame induction class. Also named are former Chiefs tackle Willie Roaf; wide receivers Tim Brown, Cris Carter and Andre Reed; running backs Jerome Bettis and Curtis Martin; defensive back Aeneas Williams; DEs/LBs Chris Doleman, Kevin Greene and Charles Haley; DT Cortez Kennedy; C Dermontti Dawson; and former 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr. Voting takes place Super Bowl weekend in Indianapolis.

* Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy has agreed to the framework of an eight-year contract that extends his current deal four years. OSU said details are being finalized and the contract is subject to the approval of the Board of Regents. Gundy, a former Oklahoma State quarterback, is 59-30 in seven seasons.

* Barry J. Sanders, son of the Wichita Heisman Trophy winner, announced Saturday he'll play college football at Stanford. He chose the Cardinal over dad's alma mater, Oklahoma State. He was part of two state titles at Oklahoma City's Heritage Hall.

* Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin interviewed for the Dolphins' head coaching vacancy Saturday.


Henrik Sedin broke a tie with the third of Vancouver's four power-play goals in a 4-3 victory at Boston, a rematch of last year's Stanley Cup final.... Danny Briere had three goals and scored at 4:54 of overtime to send host Philadelphia over Ottawa 3-2.... Dallas beat visiting Edmonton 4-1 with two goals from Jamie Benn.... Columbus beat host Los Angeles with the game's only goal from defenseman Grant Clitsome.... Joffrey Lupul scored at 7:10 of the third period to help host Toronto fend off Detroit 4-3 after blowing a three-goal lead.... Winnipeg's Johnny Oduya scored 57 seconds into overtime for a 2-1 win over Buffalo.


Holding the Winter Olympics in Denver in 2022 would cost about $1.5 billion — most of which would be privately raised, a Colorado-based sports marketing company told city and state officials. The estimate came at the first meeting of an exploratory committee that will decide within 90 days on whether to pursue or abandon a bid. Denver was awarded the 1976 Winter Olympics, but voters later rejected the idea over concerns of pollution and sprawl.


Elisabeth Goergl of Austria ended Lindsey Vonn's four-race unbeaten streak in speed events by winning a World Cup downhill on home snow Saturday. Goergl, who also beat Vonn to take the world downhill title last year, went down the 2.85-kilometer Kaernten-Franz Klammer course in 1 minute, 48.40 seconds. Julia Mancuso of the United States was second, 0.16 back, and Fabienne Suter of Switzerland was third. Vonn, bothered by a stomach ailment last week, finished fourth and maintained the lead in the downhill and overall World Cup standings.


Jo-Wilfried Tsonga shrugged off a slow start to down Gael Monfils 7-5, 6-3 in an all-French final at the Qatar Open, a tuneup for the Australian Open. The sixth-ranked Tsonga, who reached the final when Roger Federer withdrew because of injury, fell behind 3-1 then found his rhythm, coming to the net more often and reeling off the final four games to win the first set.

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