INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) – Top-ranked Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) has defeated Sam Querrey 6-0, 7-6 (6) to reach the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open in a match that began four hours late after a marathon day. Djokovic was brutally efficient in the first set after walking unsmiling onto the court early today as the remaining fans made their way from the stadium’s upper reaches to the lower bowl. Querrey, who will take over as the top-ranked American in the next ATP Tour rankings, fought back in the second set.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – The Denver Broncos have signed Pro Bowl wide receiver Wes Welker to a two-year contract. Welker is the premier slot receiver in the league, catching 118 passes for 1,354 yards and six TDs for New England last season. He spent his last six seasons with the Patriots, catching 672 passes for 7,459 yards and 37 touchdowns.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) – Reggie Bush is joining the Detroit Lions, giving them another speedy playmaker for an offense that already includes star receiver Calvin Johnson. Meanwhile, the agent for Jason Jones says the 26-year-old defensive end has agreed to terms with the Lions. And the agent for Detroit cornerback Chris Houston says the player has also agreed to a new deal that will keep him with the Lions.
MILWAUKEE (AP) – Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez has agreed to a four-year, $28.3 million contract extension. Gomez hit .260 with 19 homers and 37 stolen bases in 137 games in 2012. He was one of only five players in the major leagues with at least 15 homers and 30 stolen bases last season.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – San Jose State has fired basketball coach George Nessman after eight seasons on the job. The announcement was made one day after the Spartans’ season ended a 9-20 campaign with a 67-49 loss to UTSA in the WAC tournament in Las Vegas. Nessman had an 86-161 record in his tenure with the program, which is looking for an upgrade before its move to the more strenuous Mountain West Conference next season.