Driver to call it quits
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers say veteran receiver Donald Driver is retiring. A formal announcement is planned next week for the team's all-time leading receiver. Driver finishes as the Packers all-time leader in yards receiving, 10,137 yards, and catches, 743. He is third behind Don Hutson and Sterling Sharpe with 61 touchdown receptions.
Driver turns 38 on Saturday.
Good matchup in Oklahoma City
UNDATED (AP) — There are just two games on the NBA schedule this evening. In Oklahoma City the Thunder have a tough matchup with Memphis in a game featuring two of the top clubs in the Western Conference. The Thunder start the night with a record of 34-11, while the Grizzlies are 29-15. Oklahoma City tops the Northwest Division by six games over Denver, while the Grizzlies are six-games back of first-place San Antonio in the Southwest Division.
Tonight's other game has Dallas playing at Golden State. The Warriors are just five games back of the first-place Clippers in the Pacific Division.
Light schedule for the men
UNDATED (AP) — It's a four-game schedule in top-25 basketball this evening. The highest-ranked school in action is No. 7 Gonzaga (gahn-ZAG'-uh) as the 19-2 Zags are on the road for a game at Loyola Marymount. Eighth-ranked Arizona, which is 17-2, is on the road as well with a game at Washington while ninth-ranked Butler is playing at Saint Louis and No. 13 Michigan state is home to Illinois.
Sharks look to stay unbeaten
UNDATED (AP) — San Jose is the lone unbeaten team in the NHL and this evening the 6-0 Sharks are home to Edmonton. This is the second of three meetings this year between the Sharks and Oilers. San Jose scored six first period goals in the first encounter in a 6-3 win in Edmonton.
In an Atlantic Division contests the Devils are playing host to the Islanders. In the early season standings the Devils top the Islanders by a point. This is the second of five meetings this season. New Jersey scored a 2-1 win in the first contest.
Wrapping up tonight's NHL schedule, Buffalo is at Boston, the Maple Leafs are entertaining the Capitals, Pittsburgh is in New York to face the Rangers, St. Louis is at Columbus, Florida is home to Winnipeg, Colorado is playing at Calgary and the Kings are hosting Nashville.
Round 1 today
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Despite the fact the opening round of the PGA's Phoenix Open is being played today the big topic of discussion in Scottsdale, Ariz., has been deer-antler spray. After Sports Illustrated ran a story that said Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis sought help from a company which says its deer-antler spray and pills contain a naturally occurring banned product connected to human growth hormone, golfer Vijay Singh (VEE'-jay SING) admitted that he had used deer-antler spray. Singh said he had no idea that it contained any banned substances.
This morning, Singh withdrew, citing a back injury.
The start of the round was delayed because of frost.
In related news:
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Mark O'Meara doesn't think Vijay Singh would ever try to cheat but still believes the Fijian should be suspended "for a couple of months" by the PGA Tour for admitting he used a deer-antler spray that contains a banned substance.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Former British Open winner Bob Charles of New Zealand says he used and promoted a banned deer-antler spray for more than 20 years and is surprised to learn it contains a substance that violates golf's doping protocols.
The 1963 Open winner was a spokesman for the deer-antler product and used it daily over two decades.