Ex-NASCAR driver Trickle dies at 71
• Authorities in North Carolina say former NASCAR driver Dick Trickle died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 71.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office says authorities received a call believed to be from Trickle on Thursday saying that “there would be a dead body and it would be his.” Authorities tried to call the number back, but no one answered.
The sheriff says Trickle’s body was found near his pickup truck at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Boger City, N.C., about 40 miles northwest of Charlotte. Sheriff’s Lieutenant Tim Johnson says foul play is not suspected.
Trickle was the Winston Cup series rookie of the year in 1989 but never won a Cup race.
Buffalo promotes Doug Whaley to GM
• Doug Whaley was promoted to take over as Buffalo Bills general manager. The decision to elevate Whaley from his position as assistant GM was announced three days after Buddy Nix stepped down as GM.
• The Pittsburgh Steelers signed rookie safety Shamarko Thomas to a four-year contract. The Steelers selected Thomas with the 111th overall pick in the NFL Draft.
• The Jacksonville Jaguars landed fourth-year tackle Kyle Love off waivers from the New England Patriots.
• A warrant was issued May 7 for the arrest of former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson in South Florida for failing to report to his probation officer.
Bradley takes lead, breaks TPC record
• Keegan Bradley shot 10-under 60, completed by a short birdie at the 428-yard ninth hole, to break the TPC Four Seasons course record and match the best round ever at the Byron Nelson Championship in Irving, Texas. The 60, with 10 birdies and an eagle 3 at the 542-yard seventh, gave Bradley a 3-stroke lead over 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel.
• Lexi Thompson birdied four of her last five holes for a 7-under 65 and a share of the first-round lead with Eun-Hee Ji in the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic in Mobile, Ala.
• Lloyd Saltman of Scotland shot an 8-under 64 to match his best round to take a 2-shot lead after the first day of the Madeira Islands Open in Santo Antonio da Serra, Portugal.
Nadal edges Gulbis to advance in Rome
• Six-time champion Rafael Nadal overcame one of the worst opening sets of his career to edge Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis 1-6, 7-5, 6-4 in Rome and reach the Italian Open quarterfinals. Serena Williams routed 14th-seeded Dominika Cibulkova 6-0, 6-1 for her 21st consecutive win, matching the best streak of her career.
• The U.S. Open tennis tournament will leave CBS after nearly a half-century and move all TV coverage to cable starting in 2015 under an 11-year contract with ESPN.
Beckham to retire at end of season
• David Beckham, the English midfielder who combined devastating free kicks, dashing good looks and savvy marketing to become one of the most recognizable athletes in the world, announced that he would retire from soccer at season’s end. Beckham, 38, has played his final season for Paris St.-Germain, adding a French league championship to his numerous other titles.
• Paul Stastny had two goals and two assists and Craig Smith had five assists to give the United States a spot in the hockey world championships semifinals with an 8-3 pounding of Russia in Helsinki. The Americans will next face Switzerland.
• Sprinter Mark Cavendish won the rainy 12th stage of the Giro d’Italia for his 100th career victory, while Vincenzo Nibali maintained his overall lead.
— From wire reports