Report: Randy Moss to retire
PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 1 (UPI) — NFL wide receiver Randy Moss has decided to retire, ESPN and NFL.com reported Monday.
Moss, 34, began last season with new England before being dealt to Minnesota, where he lasted just weeks before being placed on waivers and was claimed by Tennessee. He failed to reach a deal with any NFL club during the off-season.
Moss, who began is pro career with the Vikings and also played for Oakland, has 954 career receptions for 14,858 yards. his 23 TD catches in his first season with the Patriots is an NFL single-season record.
His 153 career scoring reception ties him with Terrell Owens for second place on the all-time list behind Jerry Rice’s 197.
Arizona bids for 2015 Super Bowl
PHOENIX, Aug. 1 (UPI) — Arizona, which declined to bid for the 2014 Super Bowl because of economic concerns, has submitted one for the 2015 game, officials said.
The state’s bid for Super Bowl XLIX was delivered Monday to the National Football League, which will decide the winner in October, the Arizona Republic reported.
Tampa, which has hosted four Super Bowls to Arizona’s two, has also submitted a bid for the 2015 game.
“I think this is the most solid bid we’ve ever submitted,” said attorney Mike Kennedy, who heads the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee. “We have the benefit of experience. We’ve done this before. and it came together very well.”
Last week the committee secured the final 2,000 hotel rooms needed to meet the NFL requirement of 19,000 dedicated rooms, Kennedy said.
Kennedy acknowledged Tampa is in a strong bidding position given its hosting history.
“They’ll be formidable competition, but I’m confident. I like our chances,” Kennedy said.
Tseng strengthens no. 1 ranking
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Aug. 1 (UPI) — Yani Tseng repeated as champion of the Women’s British Open and tightened her hold on the no. 1 spot on the world women’s golf rankings.
It was her seventh championship this year — four of which were LPGA events. she won the LPGA Championship in June and her title defense at the British Open gives her — at age 22 — five major tournament championships.
Only two of the top 10 women’s golfers finished in the top 10 at Carnoustie, Scotland. Tseng won and no. 5-ranked Choi Na-yeon ended up tied for seventh.
Ai Miyazato missed the cut last week and dropped one spot in the ranking to seventh. Kim In-kyung moves into the no. 6 place.
Tseng has a rankings points average of 16.20, overshadowing the 11.77 average of no. 2-ranked Cristie Kerr. no. 3 Suzann Pettersen (10.94) is the only other golfer with a average more than 9.5.
Jiyai Shin (9.45 average) is fourth with Choi at 8.37. Kim’s average is 7.90 with Miyazato coming in at 7.82. Ahn Sun-ju (7.49) is eighth with Paula Creamer (7.28) and Karrie Webb (6.72) completing the top 10.
Ex-quarterback injured in bike accident
PORTLAND, Ore., Aug. 1 (UPI) — a car struck a bicycle ridden by Joey Harrington, injuring the former NFL quarterback, Portland, Ore., police said.
Harrington, 32, was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, police told the Oregonian.
A Toyota RAV4 struck Harrington’s rear bicycle wheel from behind at 8:24 p.m. Sunday, police said.
Driver Derek Johnston, 26, stayed at the scene and cooperated with police. He was cited for following too close.
Harrington was a star quarterback for the University of Oregon and played for the Detroit Lions and other NFL teams from 2002 to 2009. He is now a radio analyst for Fox Sports in Portland