Ohio State is vacating its wins from the 2010 football season, including its share of the Big Ten championship and the Buckeyes' victory over Arkansas in the 2011 Sugar Bowl.

Responding to the NCAA's investigation of a memorabilia-for-cash scandal that cost former coach Jim Tressel his job and led to quarterback Terrelle Pryor leaving school, the university also said Friday it's waiving a $250,000 fine imposed on Tressel and changing his resignation to a retirement. The move contradicts a comment university President Gordon Gee made last month when he said Tressel "will pay the fine."

Through the school, Tressel said that he is taking responsibility for the NCAA inquiry, which developed after it was learned Tressel failed to report players receiving improper benefits.

Pro basketball

Houston Rockets center Yao Ming is retiring, according to a report by Yahoo! Sports.

The 7-foot-6 Chinese star, plagued by lower-body injuries in the second half of his career, has informed the league office that his playing career is over, the website reported.

The Rockets declined to comment because of the lockout, and the NBA has not received official retirement paperwork from Yao.

  • Toronto Raptors 6-foot-6 swingman Sonny Weems has joined Zalgiris Kaunas of Lithuania, signing a contract that will keep him in Europe all season rather than risk sitting out an entire year if the NBA lockout lasts.

    Pro hockey


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    The Sharks signed forwards Benn Ferriero and Ben Guite to one-year contracts.

    Ferriero played in 33 games for San Jose last season, scoring five goals with four assists. He also had the game-winning overtime goal in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals against Detroit.

    Guite, 32, had 47 points for the AHL's Springfield club in 72 games last season. He also had 91 penalty minutes as the team's captain.

    Pro football

    The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York threw out a judge's order lifting the NFL lockout, handing the league a victory as players and owners returned to negotiations.

    The ruling was issued shortly after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith opened a second straight day of labor talks at a law firm in Manhattan. The discussions lasted about nine hours before breaking up.

    The court vacated an April 25 decision by U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson that the lockout should be lifted because players were suffering irreparable harm.

    During negotiations the rookie wage scale and finalizing the free agency rules were discussed, according to a person familiar with the talks who requested anonymity because details are not being announced publicly. Owners want to increase the number of unrestricted free agents on which they can exercise the right of first refusal.

    Motor sports

    Brad Keselowski won the NASCAR Nationwide race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky., on Friday night, stretching his fuel over the final 67 laps to pick up his first win in the series this year. Kevin Harvick was second followed by Kyle Busch.

  • Ricky Taylor took his fourth straight Grand-Am sports car series pole, topping the field for Saturday's 2-hour, 45-minute race at the 2.238-mile Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca road course. The son of longtime sports-car racing driver Wayne Taylor will team with Max Angelelli of Monaco.

    Andrew Davis who shares the driving with Leh Keen in a Porsche, won the pole for the production-based GT class.

    Miscellany

    David Ferrer dispatched Andy Roddick in straight sets 7-6 (11), 7-5, 6-3 on Friday night, giving Spain a 2-0 lead over the United States after the first two singles matches of their Davis Cup quarterfinal in Austin, Texas. Spain's Feliciano Lopez upset Mardy Fish in the opening match 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (7), 8-6.

  • San Jose's Erros Correa was one of seven boxers who earned berths to the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, winning his light flyweight bout in the Last Chance Qualifier tournament in Cincinnati, Ohio.

  • Dmitry Kulagin had 21 points, including five of Russia's 12 3-pointers, in a 79-74 quarterfinal victory over the United States that knocked the defending champions out of the FIBA Under 19 World Championship in Riga, Latvia. Jeremy Lamb of NCAA champion Connecticut led the U.S. (5-2) with 21 points. The Americans face Poland (5-2) on Saturday in a consolation semifinal.