Cy Young winners to hang up gloves
• Chris Carpenter, 37, one of the best clutch pitchers in the history of the St. Louis Cardinals, may have thrown his final pitch. General Manager John Mozeliak said Carpenter won’t pitch in 2013 after a recurrence of a nerve injury. Carpenter is 144-94 with a 3.76 ERA in a career that began in Toronto in 1997. He spent six seasons with the Blue Jays and nine in St. Louis. He won the 2005 NL Cy Young Award, going 21-5 with a 2.83 ERA, and was second in 2009 after going 17-4 with a 2.24 ERA.
• Brandon Webb, 33, who won the NL Cy Young Award in 2006, is retiring because of shoulder problems. He came up with Arizona in 2003 and had a 2.84 ERA in 180 innings. He hasn’t pitched since 2009.
• The Miami Marlins signed free-agent right-handed pitcher Jon Rauch, 34, to a one-year, $1 million contract. The Marlins designated outfielder Bryan Petersen for assignment.
• The Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to a $2.35 million, one-year contract with outfielder Gerardo Parra.
• The Washington Nationals agreed to minor-league deals with reliever Jeremy Accardo, 31, and free-agent catcher Chris Snyder, 31.
• Reliever Ramon Ramirez, 31, has agreed on a minor-league contract with the San Francisco Giants.
Rafael Nadal wins in return to court
• Rafael Nadal won his first match after being away for more than seven months because of a knee injury. Nadal partnered with Juan Monaco to defeat the Czech pair of Frantisek Cermak and Lukas Dlouhy 6-3,6-2 in the VTR clay-court tournament in Vina deal Mar, Chile.
• Martin Klizan of Slovakia rallied to beat Italian Matteo Viola 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-1 in the first round of the Zagreb Indoors in Croatia.
• Benoit Paire took 45 minutes to beat Adrian Menendez-Maceiras of Spain 6-0, 6-2 in the first round of the Open Sud de France. He next plays Steve Darcis of Belgium, who beat Adrian Mannarino of France 6-4, 7-6 (0).
Old Dominion coach fired in midseason
• Old Dominion University fired men’s basketball coach Blaine Taylor with eight games left in the regular season. Taylor has the most wins in school history, compiling 239 victories over 12 seasons, but his team is 2-20 this year.
• The Columbus Blue Jackets activated left wing Matt Calvert off injured reserve and reassigned center Jonathan Audy-Marchessault to the American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield, Mass.
• Katherine Reutter, 24, who won two Olympic medals in short-track speedskating at the 2010 Vancouver Games, is retiring, saying her body can no longer handle training.
• The New York Red Bulls signed midfielder Dax McCarty to a new contact. McCarty started in 33 of 34 regular-season games last season, recording three goals.
• Two-time Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington, 23, of Great Britain, has retired, saying she “certainly can’t compete” with young swimmers anymore. She won the 400 and 800 meters at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
• The Los Angeles Sparks signed free-agent guard Lindsey Harding, who played with Atlanta for two seasons.
— From wire reports