Green Bay receiver Donald Driver exits
• Green Bay Packers receiver Donald Driver, announced his retirement Thursday, with a public ceremony planned Wednesday at the Lambeau Field Atrium. Driver finishes his 14-year career as Green Bay’s all-time leader in yards receiving (10,137 yards), catches (743) and 1,000-yard seasons (seven). A four-time Pro Bowler, he was Green Bay’s MVP in 2002.
• The Pittsburgh Steelers hired Washington Redskins assistant Danny Smith as special teams coordinator. Smith, 59, a Pittsburgh native, has spent 18 years in the NFL.
• The Washington Redskins are raising general admission ticket prices for the first time in seven years. The announcement gave no specific details. The Redskins also say it’ll cost $40 to park at home games.
Omar Vizquel helps Angels instruction
• The Los Angeles Angels hired former Indians great Omar Vizquel as an infield instructor. Vizquel, 45, played for Toronto as a reserve infielder in 2012, finishing his 24-year career with 2,877 hits. The three-time All-Star won 11 Gold Gloves.
• The Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to a $40 million, four-year contract with Martin Prado, 29, just a week after acquiring the former All-Star infielder in a trade that sent Justin Upton to Atlanta. Prado, a second baseman for the Braves, is slated to play at third base.
• The New York Mets signed pitcher LaTroy Hawkins to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training. Hawkins, 40, went 2-3 with one save and a 3.64 ERA in 48 games for the Los Angeles Angels in 2012.
Mickelson misses hitting 59 in Arizona
• Phil Mickelson missed out on a 59 by a fraction of an inch at the Phoenix Open. He had a chance to become only the sixth player in PGA Tour history to break 60 with a 25-foot birdie attempt on his last hole, the par-4 ninth in Scottsdale. The putt looked good, but curled around the cup. Mickelson set a course record.
• Vijay Singh, 49, withdrew from the Phoenix Open a day after saying he used deer-antler spray and was “absolutely shocked” that it may contain a banned substance. Singh cited a back injury.
• Richard Sterne nearly broke the course record at the Dubai Desert Classic in United Arab Emirates, shooting 10-under 62 in the first round to finish 1 shot ahead of Stephen Gallacher.
John Isner to play in Davis Cup match
• John Isner will play the No. 1 singles spot for the U.S. team against Brazil in the first round of Davis Cup World Group matches today in Jacksonville, Fla. Sam Querrey will play the No. 2 position. Mike and Bob Bryan will be the doubles team.
• Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia will face 127th-ranked Olivier Rochus of Belgium today in the first round of the Davis Cup in Charleroi, Belgium.
• Ayumi Morita of Japan knocked top-seed Ana Ivanovic out of the Pattaya Open in Thailand, beating the Serb 6-3, 5-7, 6-3. Morita returned later to beat Kimiko Date-Krumm 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.
— From wire reports