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Jets Decline Option On Chris Johnson

Leon Halip/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) — The New York Jets will part ways with running back Chris Johnson after one underwhelming season.

The team declined a second year option worth $500,000. A decision was required on Monday.

Last season Johnson was signed by former general manager John Idzik to a two-year, $8 million deal in the expectation that he would create an aggressive running attack. The running back formerly known as “CJ2K” ran for a career low 663 yards on 155 carries.

Johnson had hoped to revive his career with New York after being released by the Titans after the 2013 season. Initially he was to provide a speed compliment to Chris Ivory, but by the end of season he saw his carries eclipsed by the Ivory and Bilal Powell.

Johnson, 30 was one of seven running backs in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards in a single season. In 2009 he ran for 2,006 yards.

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Usain Bolt Set to Retire After 2017 World Championships

Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — One of the fastest people in the world, Usain Bolt told the British newspaper The Daily Mail that he will hang up his racing shoes following the 2017 World Championships in London.

The six-time Olympic gold medalist had hinted towards retirement after the 2016 in Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, but due to sponsorship commitments, he won’t be able to until after London in 2017.

“That was the initial plan [to retire after the Rio Games],” Bolt told the paper. “But my sponsor has asked me to go on for another year, to 2017 and London.”

“I’ll be doing one event, the 100,” Bolt continued. “I’ve already discussed it with my coach. I can concentrate on that, and on retiring on a winning note.”

Bolt has numerous world records, including holding the title in the 100, 200 and 4×100 relay.

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Charlie Weis Says Coaching Career Likely Over

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After two failed stints as the head football coach at Notre Dame and Kansas, Charlie Weis told the South Bend Tribune it’s “highly doubtful” he will ever coach again.

Weis went 19-6 during his first two seasons at Notre Dame before going a combined 16-33 in his final three seasons in South Bend. He then took the job at Kansas where over three seasons he led the Jayhawks to a 6-22 record. Before heading to Notre Dame, Weis won three Super Bowl rings as the offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots.

“I’m not mad at Notre Dame, and I’m not mad at Kansas,” Weis told the South Bend Tribune. “I don’t have one regret about leaving the NFL to take the Notre Dame job. I just wish I could have lasted longer.”

Kansas still owes Weis $2.5 million annually on a five-year contract he signed in 2012.

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Royals Avoid Arbitration, Agree to $8.25 Million Deal with Holland

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — The Kansas City Royals agree to a one-year, $8.25 million contract with closer Greg Holland on Friday, avoiding salary arbitration.

The 29-year-old Holland pitched 62 1/3 innings last season, compiling a 1.44 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, 90 strikeouts and 46 saves, which was the second most saves in the American League.

Holland was also brilliant during the Royals’ 2014 postseason run. He pitched 11 innings compiling a 0.82 ERA, 0.82 WHIP, 15 strikeouts and seven saves.

Holland, who has made two straight All-Star teams, made $4,725,000 last season and asked for $9 million this season. The Royals offered $6.65 million before the two sides reached an agreement Friday.

Since the start of the 2013 season, Holland has converted 90 of 98 save opportunities, which is the highest percentage in baseball during that time.

First baseman Eric Hosmer is the only remaining Royal who is still eligible for arbitration.

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Report: George Says He’s Eyeing Mid-March Return

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Indiana Pacers forward Paul George said he’s attempting to return to game-action as early as Mar. 14 when the team takes on the Boston Celtics, according to Yahoo Sports.

The 24-year-old George has missed all of this season after breaking his right leg in the fourth quarter of a Team U.S.A. scrimmage on Aug. 1 in Las Vegas.

It was originally reported George would take 12-18 months to recover, but according to the two-time All-Star, he’s ahead of schedule.

“March 1 isn’t when I wanted to play my first game, but when I wanted to be full-out practicing, doing up-and-down full court without any restrictions or limitations,” George told Yahoo Sports. “From there on, it’s seeing how far I can progress to where I play my first game. My hope is it’s an opponent where I feel comfortable coming back to where there isn’t too much pressure to perform, where I can ease my way back in. But I want to say around mid-March, I could probably come back around that time.”

George would be a welcome addition to the Pacers (21-33) which are currently two games out of the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

George averaged 21.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.9 steals per game last season, helping lead the Pacers to the best record in the Eastern Conference.

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Report: Peyton Manning Tells Broncos He’s Prepared To Play In 2015

Justin Edmonds/Getty Images(DENVER) — Peyton Manning tells the Broncos he is ready to return to the team next season.

According to ESPN NFL Insider, Chris Mortensen, Manning is close to being ready to announce his return.

“I would be surprised if we don’t have some type of word next week some time,” Mortensen said. “That’s when I would expect that we would have word, officially, that Peyton is going to play football.”

Mortensen also said, “Manning has got his heart, his mind, his spirit and his body ready to play in 2015.”

If Manning passes a physical, it seems like he’s likely to be the Broncos’ quarterback next season.

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Report: Peyton Manning Tells Broncos He’s Prepared To Play In 2015

Justin Edmonds/Getty Images(DENVER) — Peyton Manning tells the Broncos he is ready to return to the team next season.

According to ESPN NFL Insider, Chris Mortensen, Manning is close to being ready to announce his return.

“I would be surprised if we don’t have some type of word next week some time,” Mortensen said. “That’s when I would expect that we would have word, officially, that Peyton is going to play football.”

Mortensen also said, “Manning has got his heart, his mind, his spirit and his body ready to play in 2015.”

If Manning passes a physical, it seems like he’s likely to be the Broncos’ quarterback next season.

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Reds Sign Aroldis Chapman to One-Year Deal, Avoid Arbitration

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Cincinnati Reds and closer Aroldis Chapman avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year, $8.05 million contract on Friday.

Chapman had a 2.00 ERA last season out of the bullpen with 36 saves and 106 strikes outs after being struck in the face with a line drive during spring training.

During his five seasons in Cincinnati, the hard-throwing lefty has 113 saves and is averaging 15.3 strikeouts per nine innings.

The Reds finished in fourth place in the N.L. Central with a record of 76-86.

Reds pitchers and catchers report to spring training on Feb. 18.

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