Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall announced that he is retiring from the NFL at 26-years-old.
Mendenhall made the announcement in his most recent blog for The Huffington Post, saying he was tired of living a "private life in the public eye" as an NFL player after just six seasons in the league.
"I just kind of wanted to disappear," Mendenhall said. "The fact that I was done playing would've been clear once some time had passed, and I hadn't signed back with the Cardinals or any other team. Maybe people would've thought I couldn't get another job. Either way, I was okay with the idea of fading to black, and my legacy becoming, 'What ever happened to that dude Rashard Mendenhall? He was pretty good for a few years, then he just vanished.' "
The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Mendenhall with the 23rd overall pick in the 2008 draft out of the University of Illinois. He spent five seasons in Pittsburgh, helping them win Super Bowl XLIII. He played for the Arizona Cardinals in 2013 and will finish his career with 4,236 rushing yards and 37 touchdowns.
Mendenhall would have become an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday afternoon.
Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images Sport (CHICAGO) -- The Bulls earned themselves another statement victory on Sunday.
Joakim Noah had 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 95-88 overtime win over the Miami Heat at the United Center.
"I want what they have -- a championship," Noah said. "One day, we're going to have to get through those guys."
D.J. Augustin added 22 points for the Bulls (35-28), who forced overtime after Jimmy Butler blocked a LeBron James layup attempt at the end of regulation.
"I dropped the ball. It's like a double entendre," James said. "I actually dropped the ball, but I dropped the ball on my team. I had it. That's a great play. I give a lot of credit to Jimmy. He got his hand on the ball, but I had the lane. I had the layup."
Dwayne Wade lead the Heat (43-17) with 25 points, but James was held to just 17 points on 8-of-23 shooting. Miami blew a 12-point lead down the stretch and was outscored 9-2 by the Bulls in overtime.
Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- Devin Harris and Monta Ellis each scored 20 points to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 105-94 win over the Indiana Pacers on Sunday night.
The Mavericks (38-26) played tough all night long and sent the Eastern Conferences' best team to its season-long fourth straight loss.
"In these two games, we've run the gamut of virtually everything," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said after his team defeated the Portland Trail Blazers and Pacers this weekend. "The early big lead, losing the entire lead, getting down and fighting back. And tonight, this is a top-two team in the league. We did it by keeping a real even, strong disposition."
Paul George led the Pacers (46-17) with 27 points and 11 rebounds. Indiana was able to maintain a game and a half lead over the Miami Heat for the top spot in the conference thanks to the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls defeated the champs in overtime on Sunday.
"Stay the course," Indiana coach Frank Vogel said when asked how his team will rebound. "It's a tough stretch of the schedule. We knew it was going to be tough. You're going to have to play at your best to win at Dallas, at Houston."
Stan Badz/ US PGA Tour via Getty Images(DORAL, Fla.) -- Patrick Reed made quite an impression on Sunday, becoming the youngest winner of a World Golf Championship.
The 23-year-old Texan made back-to-back birdies early on the front nine holes Sunday to build a big lead, and was well on his way to the historic victory. Reed played the final hole with a two shot lead, and two-putted for bogey and closed with an even-par 72 for a one-shot victory over Bubba Watson and Jamie Donaldson.
"I don't see a lot of guys that have done that besides Tiger Woods and the legends of the game," Reed said. "I believe in myself, especially with how hard I've worked. I'm one of the top five players in the world. I feel like I've proven myself."
Since 1990, only Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, and Sergio Garcia had three PGA Tour wins before turning 24. Reed is now a part of that exclusive list.
Speaking of Woods, he entered the final round Sunday with a chance to win the whole thing. He wound up shooting a 6-over-par 78 and finished in a tie for 25th, nine strokes behind Reed.
It is Reed's third win in his last 14 tournaments. He is expected to move up to No. 20 in the world ranking.
Streeter Lecka/Getty Images For NASCAR(LAS VEGAS) -- Brad Keselowski passed Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the final lap at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Sunday to win the Kobalt 400.
"The car was fast, the team executed, great strategy there at the end and that's what it takes to win," Keselowski said. "You have to hit everything."
Which is exactly what Earnhardt and his team weren't able to do. They took a gamble with the No. 88's fuel and ran out of it on the final lap as Keselowski passed him for victory.
"As soon as I got to the top of one and two the past several laps, I felt like he (Keselowski) wasn't going to get me," Earnhardt said. "I felt fine that if we had enough gas we weren't going to have a problem. But we didn't have enough gas."
The win is Keselowski's second of the weekend (he won the Nationwide race Saturday), making it the first time in his career he's swept weekend races. It's also Keselowski's first Sprint Cup win at Las Vegas.
Paul Menard finished third, polesitter Joey Logano came in fourth and Carl Edwards earned a fifth-place finish.
G Fiume/Maryland Terrapins/Getty Images(COLLEGE PARK, Md.) -- Maryland outlasted No. 5 Virginia in overtime, 75-69, Sunday to win its final regular-season game as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Maryland (17-14, 9-9 ACC) will move to the Big 10 next season after spending the last 61 in the ACC.
"Today wasn't just an ordinary game. It was a lot of things," Terrapins head coach Mark Turgeon said. "We always play for Maryland, but today we played for former players, former coaches, all our fans."
Still, the storybook ending almost didn't happen for the Terrapins. With 1.7 seconds left in regulation, and Maryland up two, Virginia guard London Perrantes threw the inbounds pass to teammate Anthony Gill, who caught, shot and scored the tying basket while in the air. But in overtime Seth Allen scored five of his game-high 20 points to snap Virginia's 13-game winning streak.
Despite the loss, the Cavaliers (25-6, 16-2) are the top seed in the upcoming ACC tournament.
Kevin C. Cox/Getty Image(ST. LOUIS) -- No. 2 Wichita State tied the 1990-91 UNLV Running Rebels for the most consecutive victories to start a season (34) by topping Indiana State 83-69 Sunday to win the Missouri Valley Conference tournament final.
Fred VanVleet had 22 points, five rebounds and five assists and Tekele Cotton added 20 points to help the Shockers (34-0, 18-0 MVC) win its first conference tournament since 1987.
After falling behind 2-0 to start the game, Wichita State never trailed, but Indiana State did make a run in the second half. Trailing by 15 with 17:12 remaining in the game, the Sycamores went on a 14-3 run to cut their deficit to four. But with 10:08 remaining, the Shockers proceeded to go on a 13-0 run to all but seal the victory.
Manny Arop and and Justin Gant each scored 18 for Indiana State (23-10, 12-6).
Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Jets cut cornerback Antonio Cromartie Sunday.
The move frees up $9.5 million in cap space for the Jets, who would have owed Cromartie a $5 million bonus in the upcoming days.
The 29-year-old Cromartie made the Pro Bowl last season despite dealing with a hip injury all season.
"Cro is one of the finest athletes I've ever coached," Jets head coach Rex Ryan said in a statement. "He was willing to contribute wherever the team needed him to win games, be it defense, special teams or offense."
Cromartie played four seasons for the Jets. During that time he started 63 games while recording 140 tackles, 13 interceptions, 55 passes defended and two forced fumbles.
Joe Robbins/Getty Images Sport(DETROIT) -- Detroit Lions owner and Ford Motor Co. executive William Clay Ford Sr. passed away from pneumonia at his home at the age of 88, the company said in a statement Sunday.
Ford was the last surviving grandchild of the company’s founder, Henry Ford. He served with the automobile company for 57 years, as an employee and board member.
“My father was a great business leader and humanitarian who dedicated his life to the company and the community,” said Ford Motor Company executive chairman William Clay Ford, Jr. “He also was a wonderful family man, a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him, yet he will continue to inspire us all.”
Ford became president of the Lions in 1961 and purchased controlling interest in November 1963.
“His leadership, integrity, kindness, humility and good humor were matched only by his desire to bring a Super Bowl championship to the Lions and to our community,” Lions president Tom Lewand said in a statement. “ Each of us in the organization will continue to relentlessly pursue that goal in his honor.”