MIAMI (AP) — Kobe Bryant decided to drop out of consideration for a spot on this summer’s U.S. Olympic basketball team.
Saying it was time to pass the torch to others, Bryant revealed his decision Saturday. The five-time NBA champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist had previously said he wanted to experience the games one last time, and likely would have gotten strong consideration for a spot on the U.S. team that will head to Rio de Janeiro this summer.
Bryant made the announcement in Salt Lake City before the Los Angeles Lakers’ game there against the Utah Jazz, and has informed USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo and Olympic coach Mike Krzyzewski of his decision.
Bryant says, “I’ve had my moment.”
CHICAGO (AP) — Joakim Noah likely has played his last game this season. Now the question is whether the two-time All-Star has played his last game for the Chicago Bulls.
Noah dislocated his left shoulder Friday and will undergo surgery. The team estimates the recovery period at four to six months, which means his season is probably over.
The 30-year-old Noah also is in the final year of a five-year, $60 million contract and will be an unrestricted free agent after the season. Before the injury, there was talk the team would explore dealing the eight-year veteran before the trade deadline.
Noah was moved to a reserve role by new coach Fred Hoiberg this season. He has been bothered by a variety of injuries the past two years and struggled on the court when healthy this season. He never seemed to embrace his new role and is averaging a career-low 4.3 points and 8.8 rebounds in 21.9 minutes.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have hired Mike Mularkey as their head coach, choosing to keep the man who handled the final nine games after they fired Ken Whisenhunt.
The Titans announced Saturday they decided to remove the interim tag, just hours after wrapping up their fourth and final interview for the job.
Mularkey becomes the 18th coach for this franchise overall, and Tennessee’s third since Jeff Fisher left in January 2011. Mularkey also was head coach for two seasons with Buffalo and one in Jacksonville. He is 18-39, including a 2-7 record after replacing the fired Ken Whisenhunt on Nov. 3.
The Titans have scheduled a news conference Monday to introduce Mularkey and new general manager Jon Robinson, who was hired Thursday.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former Colts coach and broadcaster Ted Marchibroda died at age 84.
Team officials made the announcement Saturday after confirming the death with his family.
Marchibroda coached the Colts twice — in Baltimore from 1975-79 and in Indianapolis from 1992-95. He led the Colts to the playoffs three times in Baltimore and once in Indianapolis before returning to Baltimore as the Ravens’ first head coach.
Marchibroda went 87-98-1 in his career, including a 2-4 mark in the playoffs.
After finishing with the Ravens in 1998, Marchibroda spent the next seven seasons working on Indy’s radio broadcasts.
Colts owner Jim Irsay called Marchibroda an innovator.
He is survived by his wife, Ann; two daughters, Jodi and Lonni; and two sons, Ted Jr. and Robert.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Multiple people with knowledge of the situation say Chris Davis has agreed to a seven-year, $161 million contract with the Baltimore Orioles, pending a physical.
The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Orioles have not announced the transaction.
The 29-year-old Davis has been with Baltimore since 2011. He hit a major-league leading 47 home runs and amassed 117 RBIs last year.
Davis became a free agent after the 2015 season. The Orioles were his most aggressive suitor, offering a seven-year deal last month.
Davis stalled making a decision. His decision to agree to terms came days after Baltimore reportedly made an offer to hard-hitting free agent Yoenis Cespedes.
Davis has 203 career homers, including 126 over the last three years. He hit a career-high 53 long balls in 2013.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anze Kopitar agreed to an eight-year, $80 million contract extension with the Kings, keeping Los Angeles’ franchise center with the club through the 2023-24 season.
After months of negotiations, Kopitar’s agent, Pat Brisson, confirmed the terms of the contract, which makes Kopitar one of the NHL’s highest-paid players.
Kopitar was scheduled to be a free agent this summer, but the deal conceivably keeps the two-time Stanley Cup champion with his only NHL franchise through his 18th season. His contract’s $10 million average annual value trails only Chicago stars Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, who make $10.5 million.
Kopitar has been Los Angeles’ leading scorer in each of the previous eight seasons, emerging as a two-way NHL standout with remarkable playmaking and scoring skills. The 28-year-old Slovenian star has 230 goals and 415 assists in 725 games over 10 seasons with the Kings, who drafted him with the 11th overall pick in 2005.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Jarmal Reid’s split-second decision to trip a referee sent Oregon State to a loss — and could cost the Beavers’ forward a whole lot more.
Reid sent referee Tommy Nunez tumbling to the court and was ejected with 2:56 remaining, starting Utah’s rally that led to a 59-53 victory Sunday night.
“I don’t know what he thought on that play,” Utah’s Jacob Poeltl said. “It’s unusual, to say the least.”
After stealing the ball from Poeltl, who was driving to the basket, Reid tried dribbling upcourt. But a lunging Poeltl seemed to bump Reid and the Oregon State forward slipped and fell to the floor.
Reid complained that there was no foul call and while getting up it appeared that he made eye contact with Nunez and stuck his right leg out. Nunez went right down.
Reid was assessed a Flagrant 2, and Brandon Taylor made the free throw to give Utah a 53-52 lead — its first lead of the game.