Bill Simmons' run at ESPN will come to an end.

Simmons, who established himself as one of ESPN's most well-known and prominent personalities, will leave the company when his contract expires in the fall.

"I decided today that we are not going to renew Bill Simmons' contract," ESPN President John Skipper said Friday. "We have been in negotiations and it was clear it was time to move on."

ESPN suspended Simmons for three weeks last September after a podcast discussion of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the recent Ray Rice controversy. In the podcast, Simmons used profanities and challenged ESPN to discipline him.

Simmons started at ESPN in 2001 as a columnist for's Page 2. Simmons since has created and is the editor of Grantland, a sports and pop culture site run under the ESPN brand. Skipper said ESPN remains committed to keeping Grantland operating.

Simmons also hosts a popular podcast on and was the driving force behind the "30 for 30" documentary film series. He also was an on-air personality for ESPN's "NBA Countdown" show.


Coyle to join U.S. team at worlds

With the Wild out of the Stanley Cup playoffs, Wild forward Charlie Coyle was added to the United States roster competing at the world hockey championship in the Czech Republic, the first time he will play on the team.

The 23-year-old Massachusetts native will be representing the United States for the third time in IIHF competition.

• Warroard, Minn., native and Islanders forward Brock Nelson scored the only goal as the United States rebounded from a loss to Belarus with a 1-0 victory over Denmark on Friday to stay on course for a spot in the quarterfinals.


Logano takes Kansas pole

Joey Logano drove his No. 22 Ford to a fast lap of 192.397 miles per hour, easily besting the speed of Kasey Kahne and winning the pole for Saturday night's Sprint Cup race, the Spongebob SquarePants 400, in Kansas City, Kan.

The winner of last fall's Chase race at Kansas Speedway, Logano cruised to his 12th career pole but first on the fast 1½-mile track near downtown Kansas City.

Kahne was followed by Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr. and Carl Edwards.

Edwards, NASCAR talk Talladega

Carl Edwards spoke with NASCAR President Mike Helton about the finish of last week's race at Talladega, which ended under green despite a massive wreck. Edwards was hit by Casey Mears, causing his No. 19 Toyota to spin sideways. Several drivers sped past him down the backstretch as they fought for position on the final lap, creating what Edwards thought was an unnecessarily dangerous situation.


Speedskating: Four-time Olympic medalist Denny Morrison of Canada broke his thigh bone in a motorcycle accident and will be out at least three months.

Football: Former Seattle Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens was sentenced to a month in jail for driving drunk in Manhattan Beach, Calif., prosecutors said. The incident led to Stevens' wife, soccer star Hope Solo, being suspended from the national team for 30 days.