Tomlinson set to retire a Charger
LaDainian Tomlinson’s brilliant NFL career will officially end when he ceremoniously rejoins the San Diego Chargers for a day.
The Chargers said Sunday that Tomlinson, who was the NFL MVP in 2006 with San Diego and is the fifth-leading rusher in league history, will re-sign with the team today and then announce his retirement.
Tomlinson was drafted in the first round by San Diego in 2001 and spent the first nine years of his career there. He played the past two seasons with the New York Jets.
Tomlinson won the MVP in ’06, when he set NFL single-season records with 31 touchdowns, including 28 rushing, and 186 points. He ran for a career-high 1,815 yards that year, giving him the first of two consecutive league rushing titles.
Tomlinson finishes his career with 13,684 yards and 145 touchdowns.
• The agent for suspended defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove says the NFL has used semantics, but not hard evidence, as the basis for punishing current and former Saints players in its bounty investigation.
In a statement, agent Phil Williams questions whether the NFL made Hargrove a central figure in its investigation because his past drug suspensions made him an “easy target.”
Federer upset in bid for 75th title
In Halle, Germany, wild card Tommy Haas defeated five-time champion Roger Federer 7-6 (5), 6-4 to win the Gerry Weber Open for the second time on Sunday.
Haas has been ranked as high as No. 2 in the world but struggled with injuries.
The second-seeded Federer was bidding for his fifth tour title of the season and his 75th overall.
• In London, the Queen’s Club final was halted abruptly when David Nalbandian injured a line judge, handing the title to Marin Cilic.
The 10th-seeded Nalbandian was leading in the second set when he kicked the small barrier surrounding the line judge in anger. A piece of the barrier then hit the line judge, causing bleeding on his left shin.
• In Birmingham, England, Melanie Oudin will play Jelena Jankovic in the rain-delayed Aegon Classic final today after both players won quarterfinal and semifinal matches.
Oudin received a wild card into Wimbledon.
Fichardt claims European event
In Saint-Omer, France, Darren Fichardt shot 2-over 73 to win the Saint-Omer Open by three strokes for his third European Tour title.
Fichardt went into the final round with a five-stroke lead and shot his worst round of the tournament to finish at 5-under 279.
Former Augusta State golfer James Heath (72) finished eight back. Jamie Elson, another former Jaguar, shot 74 and finished at 292.
Charles powers Sun past Dream
In Atlanta, Tina Charles scored 23 points, pulled down a season-high 22 rebounds and hit a pair of free throws with 3.1 seconds left to give the Connecticut Sun a 75-73 victory over the Atlanta Dream.
Audi earns 11th Le Mans crown
In Le Mans, France, defending champions Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer overcame driving mistakes to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans and give Audi its 11th title.