OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis confirmed he has met with San Antonio officials but declined to disclose whether he has any interest in relocating the franchise to Texas. The San Antonio Express-News reported that Davis met on July 18 with current and former city officials and leaders to discuss potentially moving the Raiders from Oakland to San Antonio. The newspaper said city manager Sheryl Sculley issued a memo to the City Council Tuesday elaborating on the meeting and saying Davis has expressed interest in a possible relocation of his NFL team to San Antonio.
UNDATED (AP) — There were a couple of trades engineered yesterday involving major league pitchers. The Boston Red Sox have dealt left-hander Felix Doubront (doo-BRAHNT’) to the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named, and the St. Louis Cardinals have picked up right-handed Justin Masterson from Cleveland for outfield prospect James Ramsey. Doubrant is 2-4 with a 6.07 ERA in 17 games this season, while Masterson has compiled a 4-6 record with a 5.51 earned run average in 19 starts.
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Eric Chavez has announced his retirement, ending his 17-year major league career at the age of 36. The lefty-hitting infielder hit .268 with 260 homers and 902 RBIs in 1,615 major league games. Chavez had been on the disabled list since June 9 because of a sprained left knee.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Hendrick Motorsports has picked Greg Ives to be Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s next crew chief. Ives was the race engineer for Jimmie Johnson’s record run of five consecutive championships and will return to Hendrick Motorsports next season as crew chief for NASCAR’s most popular driver. He will replace Steve Letarte, who is stepping down at the end of the year for an analyst job with NBC Sports.
UNDATED (AP) — Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-EHL’ nah-DAHL’) is withdrawing from hard-court tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati because of a right wrist injury, putting his status in doubt for a title defense at the U.S. Open. Although Nadal is left-handed, the injury affects his two-handed backhand. Those two events would have represented Nadal’s hard-court preparation for the U.S. Open, which begins Aug. 25.