Russian president waives visa rule
• President Vladimir Putin waived visa requirements for athletes, coaches and other staff attending international sporting events in Russia. Russia is hosting the Winter Olympics next year and the soccer World Cup in 2018. In August, the Athletics World Championships will be held in Moscow. The decree Putin signed today said the visa waiver goes into effect immediately. To qualify for visa-free status, athletes and others must have documents that confirm their identity and official accreditation from organizers of the sporting event. Americans, Europeans and others normally have to apply for a Russian visa weeks ahead of their arrival in the country.
Man City manager Mancini gets boot
• Manchester City fired manager Roberto Mancini on Monday, exactly a year after he delivered the club’s first English league title in 44 years. The Italian has paid the price for Man City’s failure to build on its position of strength. The club will end the season without a trophy after losing the FA Cup final and exiting the group stage of the Champions League for the second straight season.
Bills’ Buddy Nix steps down as GM
• Not getting any younger and confident he’s put in place a young foundation capable of turning the Buffalo Bills into a winner, Buddy Nix called this the right time to step down as general manager on Monday. Nix, 73, will not be leaving the team entirely. He’ll instead move into a newly created role as a special assistant. Nix steps down two weeks after overseeing his fourth draft with the Bills, which the team opened by selecting its quarterback of the future in Florida State’s EJ Manuel with the 16th pick. And his departure comes with Buffalo in the midst of yet another start-from-scratch overhaul under new coach Doug Marrone.
• The Tennessee Titans signed free-agent defensive tackle Antonio Johnson to a one-year contract. The move was announced Monday through a team release. Johnson started 13 games and made 30 tackles last year for the Indianapolis Colts. He has played 67 games and has made 46 starts over the last five seasons for Indianapolis. His best season came in 2009, when he started 15 games and made 57 tackles.
Andretti posts top lap at Indianapolis
• Marco Andretti posted the fastest Indianapolis 500 practice speed of the month Monday, turning a fast lap of 225.100 mph on the 2.5-mile oval. It was the second straight day an Andretti Autosport driver held the top spot. Colombia’s Carlos Munoz was the fastest driver Sunday.
Chattanooga hires VCU assistant Wade
• Chattanooga hired VCU assistant Will Wade as the Mocs’ new men’s basketball coach. Athletic Director David Blackburn announced the hiring Monday. Wade had been with Shaka Smart at VCU the past four seasons where he helped the Rams to four straight postseason appearances, including a trip to the 2011 Final Four. Now the native of Nashville, Tenn., becomes Chattanooga’s 18th head coach all time.
— From staff and wire reports
• A photo caption was incorrect in the May 8 sports section. Lake right fielder Brooke MacLean is pictured in a softball game against North Canton Hoover.