It wasn't clear how far along the company had been in the planned sale or how the move might affect AEG's plans to build the proposed 72,000-seat Farmer's Field football stadium.
Anschutz said he will resume a more active role in AEG. Tim Leiweke, who has served as president and CEO and been the face of the company for more than 15 years, is leaving, Anschutz said.
The sale of the sports and entertainment company had been expected to fetch billions of dollars.
Anschutz told the Los Angeles Times he remains interested in reaching a deal to bring the NFL back to Los Angeles and was "optimistic" that would happen.
"We're not going to make the NFL happen by ourselves," the 72-year-old chairman said. "The NFL is a player here. They have to decide what they want to do."
PGA Tour rookie Shawn Stefani shot a 6-under 65 for a two-shot lead after the first round of the Tampa Bay Championship.
* Ai Miyazato took the LPGA Founders Cup lead, playing a late four-hole stretch in 5 under for a tournament-record 9-under 63 in Phoenix.
Alabama athletic director Mal Moore remains hospitalized at Duke University Medical Center. Moore, 73, was hospitalized in Birmingham with pulmonary problems and transferred to Durham, N.C., for more tests.
* Former Notre Dame and Chicago Bears defensive lineman Chris Zorich pleaded guilty to federal tax charges. Zorich, 43, faced four misdemeanor counts of not filing federal income tax returns from 2006 to 2009. Over that time, he allegedly made more than $1 million. Zorich must pay $71,000 in back taxes. He is to be sentenced July 12.
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Penn junior Alyssa Baron was a unanimous All-Ivy basketball selection, while freshman Keiera Ray earned honorable mention.
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Olympic champion Kim Yu-na, of South Korea, won the short program at the World Figure Skating Championships in Ontario.
* Denny Hamlin and NASCAR settled their censorship flap when he announced he would not appeal the $25,000 fine levied against him for criticizing the new Gen-6 car.
* Aksel Lund Svindal conceded the overall World Cup title to Marcel Hirscher after both his favored speed events, the downhill and super-G, were canceled by bad weather at the finals in Switzerland.
* Former WNBA star Chamique Holdsclaw pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a shooting in November in Atlanta.