Alabama-Birmingham football will take the field again in 2017 and remain an FBS program. Athletic director Mark Ingram said Tuesday that rifle will return in the upcoming season, while bowling will compete in 2016-17 and football in two years.
UAB dropped all three sports in December to cut costs, then announced six months later that they would be reinstated.
The NCAA cleared UAB to resume playing football in 2017 and continue competing in the Football Bowl Subdivision, Ingram said.
"I am so excited that UAB football will return to FBS competition in 2017," said Blazers coach Bill Clark, whose current contract runs through 2016.
… Former Colorado quarterback Joel Klatt will become Fox Sports' lead game analyst, moving from the studio to the booth.
McEnroe almost ready to quit
John McEnroe says he's almost done playing competitive tennis. The 56-year-old Hall of Famer plans to play an exhibition match against Jim Courier on Aug. 28 in New Haven.
"There's a point where those people in the next wave of seniors … that gap is too much," he said. "It's almost too much, it's tough enough when I'm playing a guy like Jim Courier."
McEnroe added once he feels he can't be respectable on the court, he will stop playing.
"It's getting to be where every match that I play now I try to appreciate, because I don't know how much longer I can stay out there," he said.
Titans receiver granted bond
Titans receiver Justin Hunter was granted bond by a Virginia judge Tuesday, a day after turning himself in to authorities in his hometown on a charge of malicious wounding.
Commonwealth Attorney Wendy Alexander said Hunter started a fight on July 3 when he interrupted a conversation a man was having with someone else. After words were exchanged, Hunter punched the man in the face twice, she said. Once the bar was cleared, Alexander said, the man who Hunter originally punched was bent over and spitting out blood on the sidewalk, where Hunter "sucker punched" him again.
… The Chiefs released defensive back Justin Cox, a rookie free agent from Mississippi State who was arrested and charged with aggravated domestic violence, burglary and trespassing.
AROUND THE HORN
College basketball: The Big Ten granted Purdue forward Jacquil Taylor a medical hardship waiver, restoring his freshman season of eligibility after he appeared in only six games because of snagging leg and shin injuries. … Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis will be the vice chairman of the NCAA Division I men's basketball committee and lead the selection of the field of 68 for the 2016-17 season.
NBA: Richard Jefferson is expected to sign a one-year deal with the Cavaliers for the veteran's minimum. … Free-agent center Kendrick Perkins reportedly agreed to a one-year contract with the Pelicans. ... The Kings reached an agreement with free-agent guard Seth Curry on a two-year contract worth $2 million. ... The Hornets agreed to a contract with free-agent power forward Tyler Hansbrough.
WNBA: Stephanie Dolson scored 18 as Washington beat Tulsa 76-69. … Danielle Robinson scored 18 as San Antonio defeated Indiana 80-62. … Elena Delle Donne scored 27 points as Chicago beat Atlanta 97-92. ... Tina Charles scored a season-high 30 points to help New York beat Seattle 81-77. … Jantel Lavender had 19 points and 11 rebounds as Los Angeles beat Phoenix 70-65. … Sparks forward Candace Parker will rejoin the team after the All-Star break this weekend. The two-time MVP will play her first game in Minnesota on July 29.
Soccer: The U.S. women's national team will face Australia on Sept. 17 at Ford Field in Detroit, before a rematch on Sept. 20 at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala.
Tennis: Top-seeded Venus Williams was eliminated from the first round of the Istanbul Cup in a 6-4, 7-6 (4) upset by Ukrainian qualifier Kateryna Bondarenko.