Rebuilding Colts release respected veterans

Dwight Freeney and Austin Collie were not expected to be back with the Indianapolis Colts next season.

On Friday, the team made it official, saying it would not re-sign Freeney, the Colts’ career sacks leader, or Collie, a key player in their second Super Bowl run since moving to Indianapolis. Both become unrestricted free agents.

n Titus Young was placed on waivers after only a few days with the St. Louis Rams.

Jack Eskridge, the man credited with designing the famed blue star logo of the Dallas Cowboys, died in Kansas at the age of 89.

The Green Bay Packers released defensive back Charles Woodson.


NORTHERN TRUST OPEN: Sang-Moon Bae had a 6-under 65 for a one-shot lead over John Merrick in Los Angeles.

AFRICA OPEN: Brazil’s Adilson Da Silva opened a three-stroke lead, completing a 10-under 62 in the wind-delayed first round and shooting a 68 in the second at East London, South Africa.

WOMEN’S AUSTRALIAN: Mariajo Uribe shot a 6-under 67 to overtake South Korea’s Jiyai Shin and overnight leader Lydia Ko, claiming a one-stroke lead after the second round in Canberra.

ACE GROUP CLASSIC: Bernhard Langer finished with a 10-under 62 to take a three-stroke lead in Naples, Fla.


SAP OPEN: In San Diego, John Isner advanced to the semifinals, overpowering Xavier Malisse, 7-6 (8), 6-2. He will play Saturday against fourth-seeded Tommy Haas, who beat Steve Johnson, 6-4, 6-2.

ABN AMRO: Julien Benneteau upset the sluggish Roger Federer 6-3, 7-5 to reach the semis in Rotterdam.

QATAR OPEN: Serena Williams secured the No. 1 ranking after beating former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5.

BRAZIL OPEN: Simone Bolelli of Italy reached his first ATP semifinals since 2008, defeating Albert Montanes of Spain 6-4, 6-4.


NASCAR: Matt Kenseth triggered a five-car accident in the opening practice for the Sprint Unlimited, the non-points race that kicks off the season. Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards, Mark Martin and Juan Pablo Montoya also were involved.


SENTENCED: The prison sentence for disgraced junior hockey coach Graham James was increased from two years to five for sexually preying on former player Theo Fleury during the 1980s.


WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: By winning the giant slalom in Austria, America’s Ted Ligety became the first man in 45 years to win three gold medals at a world championships. French great Jean-Claude Killy took home four golds in 1968.

– From news service reports