RILEY: BOSH FINISHED WITH HEAT
Heat president Pat Riley said Monday that the team views Chris Bosh's career with the team as over and that it no longer is working toward his return.
"We are not," Riley said. "I think Chris is still open-minded. But we are not working toward his return.
"We feel that, based on the last exam, that his Heat career is probably over."
Asked if he felt Bosh's NBA career was over, as well, Riley said, "that's up to him."
Bosh has been sidelined for the second half of the past two seasons due to blood clots, recently failing Miami's preseason physical.
"It's pretty definitive from us, in our standpoint, that this is probably going to be a time where we really have to step back," Riley said.
RAPE trial: Knicks G Derrick Rose said he isn't worried about a rape trial set to start next week because he feels he "didn't do anything wrong." Rose said he is instead focused on his first season with New York.
PIERCE'S FAREWELL: Clippers G Paul Pierce said this season will be his last. Pierce, who turns 39 next month, said "it's time to move on from the game of basketball."
CAVALIERS: G Mo Williams, 33, informed the team that he's officially retired.
76ERS: Shortly after team president and general manager Bryan Colangelo said he is not actively shopping any of his players, C Nerlens Noel openly wondered how he, Jahlil Okafor and Joel Embiid can co-exist as the team's three big men. "I don't see a way of it working," Noel said. "It's just a logjam."
WIZARDS: All-Star G John Wall will only participate in "bits and pieces" of training camp as he rebounds from offseason knee surgery.
FIFA ripped for nixing task force
FIFA's abolition of its anti-racism task force was denounced as a shameful betrayal as the governing body went on the defensive to reaffirm its commitment to fighting discrimination. Kick It Out, English soccer's anti-discrimination organization, said it was "perplexed" by FIFA's decision, given the World Cup is being staged in 2018 in Russia "which is notorious for racism and abusive activities towards minorities." Jordanian federation president Prince Ali said he found it "incredibly worrying" that the task force was being scrapped given the "very real and apparent" discrimination problem that remains in soccer.
ROWDIES: F Georgi Hristov was named NASL player of the week. He had three goals in a 4-1 win over Fort Lauderdale on Saturday.
IDITAROD: Four-time champion and cancer survivor Lance Mackey has dropped out of next year's sled dog race for health reasons.
OLYMPICS: Rome's city council will vote Thursday whether to support Mayor Virginia Raggi's rejection of the city's bid for the 2024 Summer Games. The motion is expected to pass easily.
TENNIS: Former French Open finalist Simona Halep took less than 70 minutes to reach the third round of the Wuhan (China) Open, advancing when Irina-Camelia Begu retired in the second set.