Jason Taylor says he'll retire after season
DAVIE, Fla. — Jason Taylor, the NFL's active sacks leader, said he'll retire after this season, his 15th in the NFL and his 13th with the Miami Dolphins. Taylor has contemplated retirement in years past only to be lured back, but now he insists his mind's made up.
"Sunday's my last game," he said. "I might even change my cell phone number so they can't reach me."
The 37-year-old Taylor, who made the announcement following practice Wednesday, ranks sixth all-time with 1391/2; sacks. He has six fumble returns for touchdowns, an NFL record.
He'll conclude his career Sunday against the New York Jets. It'll be his 204th game with the Dolphins, which ranks second to Dan Marino's 242.
Taylor has had three stints with the Dolphins, who drafted him in the third round in 1997. He also played for the Redskins in 2008 and the Jets in 2010.
Taylor made the Pro Bowl six times, spending much of his career at end before switching to linebacker. He has been used mostly in passing situations this season and has seven sacks this season, which ranks second on the team.
Crosby still experiencing concussion-like symptoms
Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby is participating in light exercise but remains sidelined indefinitely with concussion-like symptoms.
Crosby hasn't played since Dec. 5 and hasn't practiced in three weeks after getting jostled in a 3-1 loss to the Boston Bruins. Coach Dan Bylsma said Wednesday that Crosby is dealing with lingering symptoms and isn't sure when he'll return.
Crosby was sidelined for nearly 11 months after sustaining head shots in consecutive games in January. He returned on Nov. 21 and scored two goals in his season debut against the New York Islanders.
Blake pulls out of Australian Open for personal reasons
BRISBANE, Australia — Personal reasons forced James Blake to pull out of the upcoming Australian Open, organizers said Wednesday.
Open tournament director Craig Tiley confirmed the American, ranked No.59 in the world, was out of the first grand slam of the year, starting Jan. 16, the Courier Mail reported.
Officials at the Brisbane International also confirmed that Blake had pulled out of the Open warm-up event, which starts on Sunday, for personal reasons. No further details were issued.
Ex-Jazz center Ostertag in D-League seeking NBA return
FRISCO, Texas. — Center Greg Ostertag, who played alongside John Stockton and Karl Malone on two West-winning Utah Jazz teams, will debut today for the D-League's Texas Legends in hopes of returning to an NBA roster after five years in retirement.
The 7-foot-2 center signed with the Legends Tuesday, and told the Dallas Morning News he felt he left the game too soon.
Any NBA team could sign him off the Legends' roster if he impresses scouts.
Compiled from wire reports