Mike Davis told Indiana officials more than a week ago he was resigning as basketball coach, SI.com reported Wednesday, citing a source in the IU athletic department. The report says Davis, above, will finish his sixth season, and that the university hopes to have a news conference, perhaps today. "I'm not answering anything about my job," Davis said when asked about the report. The Hoosiers (13-9) are in danger of missing the NCAA Tournament for a third straight season. Indiana is 109-76 overall under Davis.
SOSA RETIREMENT LIKELY: Outfielder Sammy Sosa probably will retire after rejecting an offer from the Washington Nationals. "It's more than likely we have seen him in a uniform for the last time," Sosa's agent, Adam Katz, said Wednesday. Sosa, 37, ranks fifth on the career home run list with 588 but batted .221 with 14 homers and 45 RBIs last season with the Baltimore Orioles. Washington offered Sosa a non-guaranteed contract that would have included performance bonus opportunities. "It wasn't about the money and it wasn't about No. 600," Katz said. "It was a function of Sammy's expectation of his own performance. He didn't want to go out there and underperform like he did last year because it was just too painful for him, and it's just something he doesn't want to go through again."
OUT OF BOUNDS
IN OVER OUR HEAD? Tampa-St. Petersburg is the most overextended market in pro sports, according to rankings from Bizjournals.com, Tampa Bay Business Journal reported. The area's total personal income of $75.6-billion is $82.3-billion short of what it takes to adequately support three pro teams (the Bucs, Lightning and Devil Rays) in terms of ticket sales and merchandising expenditures, based on Bizjournals.com's research. The area also is home to the Arena League's Storm, minor-league baseball teams and USF. The study calculated each market's capacity for pro sports by taking its total personal income and subtracting the amounts needed to support its existing big-league teams.
"Shaun was telling us he was in a mall in Seattle and somebody said, "Hey, Tiki, what's up?' He said, "No, I'm not Tiki.' And the guy said, "Okay, Ronde, have a good day.' "
- RONDE BARBER, Bucs defensive back, describing how Seahawks running back and league MVP Shaun Alexander is mistaken for him and his twin, Tiki, a Giants running back.