The Chicago Bears have decided to release embattled kicker Cody Parkey after one season, a person familiar with the decision said Friday.
Signed to a four-year contract in March, Parkey made just 23 of 30 field goals during the regular season for the third-lowest success rate in the NFL. He was 42-for-45 on extra points.
Six of his misses, counting the playoffs, hit uprights, including a 43-yard attempt in the closing seconds of the Bears' wild-card loss to Philadelphia at Soldier Field that also ricocheted off the crossbar and was famously labeled the "double doink."
Parkey's appearance on the "Today" show a few days later did not sit well with the Bears' hierarchy. "I didn't necessarily think that that was too much of a 'we' thing," coach Matt Nagy said then.
The kicking game was one of the few sore spots in the Bears' NFC North championship season.
Steelers keep lineman
• The Pittsburgh Steelers re-signed defensive lineman Tyson Alualu to a two-year contract. Alualu, 31, has made 61 tackles, with four sacks, in 31 games for the Steelers since signing with the team as a free agent in 2017.
Track and field
Testosterone case closes
The Court of Arbitration for Sport said it will decide by March 26 whether to put in place proposed hormone regulations that would force female athletes with naturally high levels of testosterone to lower them through medication to compete at world-class events.
Caster Semenya, two-time Olympic 800-meter champion from South Africa, appealed to the court, saying the regulations discriminate against her and her "genetic gift." The IAAF argued that regulations were needed because Semenya and others have testosterone levels in the male range, giving them an unfair advantage.
Bencic adds to upset run
Belinda Bencic stopped Elina Svitolina's bid for a third consecutive title the Dubai Championships, defeating her 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (3) in the semifinals. Bencic, ranked 45th, won her third match in a row after trailing against a top-10 opponent and now will face yet another, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, in Saturday's final.
"I kind of like these dramatic matches," Bencic said after erasing a 5-3 hole in the third set against No. 6 seed Svitolina. "I don't know why."
Kvitova advanced to her third final of 2019 by edging Hsieh Su-wei 3-6, 6-2, 6-4. It was her 17th victory of 2019, most on the tour.
Fords sweep front row
Aric Almirola led a Ford sweep in qualifying for the QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Almirola turned a lap at 181.472 mph to take the top qualifying spot for Sunday's race. He was followed by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Clint Bowyer, Almirola's teammate at Stewart-Haas Racing.
AROUND THE HORN
Skiing: Alexis Pinturault of France won a race in Bansko, Bulgaria, adding the season-long World Cup title in Alpine combined to the world championship he won 11 days ago. He clinched when his main rival, Marco Schwarz of Austria, was injured in the super-G portion and was forced to skip the slalom.
Soccer: Chelsea was banned by FIFA from signing players until the 2020 offseason transfer window for breaching rules covering youngsters. Chelsea signed players younger than 18, which is prohibited unless their families have already moved to the new country for non-soccer reasons.
Drag racing: Rain washed out all but a few runs in the NHRA Arizona Nationals in Chandler.