Bears give up on signing Urlacher

ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Tony Chennault (center) is cheered on as he and his Villanova Wildcats teammates leave for the NCAA tournament in Kansas City, Mo., where they will face the North Carolina Tar Heels on Friday.
ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Tony Chennault (center) is cheered on as he and his Villanova Wildcats teammates leave for the NCAA tournament in Kansas City, Mo., where they will face the North Carolina Tar Heels on Friday.
Posted: March 21, 2013

BRIAN URLACHER'S days with the Chicago Bears appear to be over.

The team announced on Wednesday that it is moving forward without Urlacher after failing to reach an agreement on a free-agent contract.

Urlacher, an eight-time Pro Bowl linebacker and four-time, first-team All-Pro, has spent his entire 13-year career with the Bears.

"We were unable to reach an agreement with Brian and both sides have decided to move forward,'' Bears general manager Phil Emery said in a statement. "Brian has been an elite player in our league for over a decade. He showed great leadership and helped develop a winning culture over his time with the Bears. We appreciate all he has given our team, on and off the field. Brian will always be welcome as a member of the Bears.''

In other NFL news:

* Free-agent safety Ed Reed is on the verge of becoming a Houston Texan, according to multiple reports. CBSSports.com reported that a deal was in place, and the NFL Network quoted Reed as saying he was headed to Houston "unless something changes." Reed, 34, has spent his entire 11-year career with Baltimore.

* Quarterback Eli Manning said he would consider reworking his contract if it would help keep leading receiver Victor Cruz on the New York Giants.

* Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he expects quarterback Tony Romo to sign a contract extension soon.

Golf * 

Tiger Woods said he went public about his relationship with Olympic ski champion Lindsey Vonn to devalue any photos of sports' latest power couple. He said that by publishing his own pictures of his new girlfriend, the paparazzi would not be able to make as much money on whatever photos they get. Woods referred to them as "stalkarazzi."

* Defending champion and formerly top-ranked Yani Tseng was dropped from the Kia Classic field after missing her 9:10 a.m. pro-am tee time in Carlsbad, Calif.

Colleges * 

Alabama athletic director Mal Moore is stepping down to become special assistant to the president because of health problems. Moore, 73, who played and coached for Bear Bryant and then hired football coach Nick Saban, has been hospitalized at Duke University Medical Center since March 13 with pulmonary problems.

* Michigan junior linebacker Jake Ryan is out indefinitely with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Ryan made a team-high 88 tackles last season, had 4 1/2 sacks and forced four fumbles.

Sport Stops * 

Two Connecticut high school football players have been charged in sexual-assault cases that, like a recent high-profile Ohio rape case, have led to online taunts directed at an accuser. The two 18-year-old Torrington High School players, Edgar Gonzalez and Joan Toribio, were charged with felony second-degree sexual assault and other crimes last month in cases involving different 13-year-old girls. Toribio also was charged 2 weeks ago in another second-degree sexual-assault case. A state judge sealed details of the allegations from public view. Both teens have pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Clint Dempsey will be the U.S. captain for upcoming World Cup soccer qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico.

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