Describing himself as "a proud gay man," Puerto Rican featherweight Orlando Cruz on Thursday became what is believed to be the first professional boxer to come out as openly homosexual while still fighting.

"I developed physically and mentally to take such a big step in my life and in my profession ... this sport that is so macho," he said. "I kept this hidden for many, many years."

His announcement came two weeks before the 31-year-old challenges Mexico's Jorge Pazos for the WBO Latino title. Cruz (18-2-1) said he met with psychologists and others before making the announcement, adding he has the full support of his family, trainer and manager.

NBA

Denver quarterback Peyton Manning and his wife, Ashley, and ex-NBA player Penny Hardaway agreed to join the group of minority owners for the Memphis Grizzlies, said a person familiar with the deal. The group also includes Memphis native Justin Timberlake and a few city businessmen, the source said. Robert J. Pera's purchase of the team is pending NBA approval. San Jose's Pera owns Ubiquiti Networks, a communications technology company. He agreed to buy the team from Michael Heisley in June for $350 million. Hardaway is also a Memphis native who played at then-Memphis State. Manning played at Tennessee.

  • Royce White, Houston's first-round draft pick out of Iowa State, is a no-show at training camp but said he and the team are working on a plan to address his fear of flying.

  • Detroit and New York will play Jan. 17 at London's O2 Arena, site of this year's Olympic gold-medal game.

    Colleges

    North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams' second kidney tumor isn't cancerous. Dr. Eric Wallen said the 62-year-old won't need surgery on the left kidney. Wallen said Williams should be ready for the start of practice next week. The tumor is the same kind of noncancerous growth that was surgically removed from his right kidney Sept. 19.

  • Twins Andrew and Aaron Harrison of Travis High-Richmond (Texas) orally committed to play basketball at Kentucky. Andrew is the No. 2 overall prospect in ESPN 100, and Aaron is No. 4.

  • Shawn Eichorst left his job as athletic director at Miami and accepted a five-year deal to succeed Tom Osborne at Nebraska. Eichorst's departure comes when Miami is bracing to receive potentially crippling NCAA sanctions. He'd been on the job 18 months. Former Maine A.D. Blake James will be acting A.D. Osborne said last month that he'll retire Jan. 1. Jamie Williams, a former 49ers tight end and ex-A.D. at the Academy of Arts College, is an associate A.D. at Nebraska, his alma mater.

  • A judge in State College granted a request by former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky that the court return to his wife, Dottie, the $50,000 she put up for his bail before he was convicted in June of sexually abusing 10 boys. Jerry Sandusky is in jail and will be sentenced next week.

    Motor sports

    Seven-time champion Michael Schumacher said he's retiring from Formula One racing at the end of the year. Last week, Mercedes said Schumacher would be replaced by Lewis Hamilton in 2013. Schumacher, who has a record 91 grand prix wins, also retired in 2006 but came back to drive in 2010.

  • Jeff Gordon and Hendrick Motorsports announced a contract extension through 2014 with AARP and AARP Foundation. The AARP Foundation signed a three-year deal in 2011 with its "Drive to End Hunger" campaign to be Gordon's primary NASCAR Sprint Cup sponsor for the No. 24 car.

    WNBA

    Maya Moore had 20 points, and defending champion Minnesota beat visiting Los Angeles 94-77 in the opener of the best-of-three Western Conference finals. Candace Parker led the Sparks with 25 points, but rookie Nneka Ogwumike from Stanford was limited to six points.