Former Raven Brendon Ayanbadejo said up to four players may soon come out as gay, according to a report in the Baltimore Sun. The treatment of gays and athletes is a hot topic. Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice was fired, for among other things, addressing players with homophobic slurs. Ayanbadejo was cut by Baltimore this week and suggested the roster move stemmed from his stance on gay marraige. He backed off that position in the interview with The Sun . . . Right tackle Anthony Davis signed a five-year extension Friday with the 49ers worth more than $37 million, with $17 million guaranteed . . . The Raiders waived linebacker Rolando McClain less than three years after drafting him eighth overall . . . The Lions signed kicker David Akers to replace Jason Hanson, who retired.
Girardi: Jeter will rehab before return
Derek Jeter may not return to the Yankees until next month. Manager Joe Girardi said that Jeter will have to go through a spring training-like schedule when he’s ready to return from his left ankle injury. Jeter played five spring training games from March 9-16, but has been sidelined since then by ankle soreness . . . The city of Chicago and the Ricketts family that owns the Cubs are close to agreement on a $500 million overhaul of Wrigley Field, two people with knowledge of the negotiations told the Chicago Sun-Times. The team is expected to pick up the entire tab . . . Vladimir Guerrero and Dontrelle Willis signed with Long Island of the the independant Atlantic League.
Former Auburn safety to stand trial
Former Auburn safety Mike McNeil will go on trial next week on robbery charges stemming from a 2011 home invasion, despite his attorney’s request for a delay because of recent articles about the player and university, a judge ruled. A story by Selena Roberts quoted McNeil and former teammate Darvin Adams alleging they received or were offered money from coaches . . . Former Miami quarterback Kyle Wright’s testimony to the NCAA is part of the reason the Hurricanes want the case against their athletic department dismissed. Miami contends the questions about improper benefits substantiated by Wright were formulated based on the deposition that Nevin Shapiro attorney Maria Elena Perez conducted under subpoena power. The NCAA does not have subpoena power, and said it struck all the information collected from Perez’s depositions from the notice of allegations against the Hurricanes.
Venus vs. Serena in Family Circle semi
Serena Williams ended a long and successful day for the Williams family as she and sister Venus both won twice to reach the Family Circle Cup semifinals in Charleston, S.C., and set up their first sibling showdown since 2009. Serena defeated Lucie Safarova, 6-4, 6-1, after topping Mallory Burdette earlier. Venus rallied past Varvara Lepchenko in three sets before ousting Madison Keys . . . Sam Querrey put the United States on the scoreboard with a 7-6 (1), 3-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 win over Viktor Troicki of Serbia to end the first day of a Davis Cup quarterfinal in Boise, Idaho with the two nations tied at 1. In the first match, Novak Djokovic took care of John Isner, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, 7-5.
Nuggets’ Gallinari (ACL) out for year
The Denver Nuggets will be without Danilo Gallinari for the rest of the season after he tore his left ACL against Dallas Thursday night. The team said an MRI showed no other signs of ligament or meniscus damage, adding Gallinari will have surgery soon . . . Abby Wambach scored her 155th international goal but the US women’s team wasted a two-goal lead in a 3-3 exhibition tie against Germany in Offenbach . . . The Boston Breakers signed forward/midfielder Elizabeth Guess . . . Claudio Bieler scored in the 89th minute, lifting host Sporting Kansas City to a 1-0 victory over D.C. United . . . After the short program of the Synchronized Skating Championships at Agganis Arena, the Haydenettes out of Lexington, Mass., sat in second place with 71.87 points, trailing Canada’s top team (72.84) with the free skate event left on Saturday . . . Josh Lopez of UMass advanced to the finals of 132-pound division at the National Collegiate Boxing Association championships at Foxwoods in Connecticut. He will face Army’s Kevin Jones on Saturday. Coast Guard’s Norberto Perez (147), Josh Surgeon (165), and Taylor Tennyson (175) all advanced to the finals of their weight classes.