OSU, TCU lock in home-home series
• Ohio State and Texas Christian will play a home-and-home series in 2018-19. TCU said Ohio State will make its first trip to Fort Worth on Sept. 15, 2018, with the two-game set shifting to Columbus on Sept. 21, 2019.The teams have played six times in Columbus, most recently in 1973 when the Buckeyes won 37-3. Ohio State has a 4-1-1 lead in a series that began in 1937, a year before the Horned Frogs won their last national championship. TCU’s last Big Ten opponent was Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl after the 2010 season. TCU won 21-19 after Ohio State President Gordon Gee questioned TCU’s strength of schedule by saying the Buckeyes “do not play the Little Sisters of the Poor.”
Keselowski puts emphasis on Chase
• NASCAR points leader Brad Keselowski says he’s scaling back his Nationwide Series schedule to focus on winning the Sprint Cup championship. Keselowski says he will not run the Nationwide race at Kansas later this month. Penske Racing will instead have Ryan Blaney run the event. Keselowski said Tuesday during an appearance at Charlotte Motor Speedway he’ll evaluate the rest of his Nationwide schedule as the season winds down. He is leading the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship with seven races remaining. Keselowski picked up his second win of the Chase on Sunday at Dover. He takes a five-point lead over five-time champion Jimmie Johnson into this weekend’s race at Talladega.
Nicklaus will focus on duties as host
• Jack Nicklaus had a chance to be more than a ceremonial host at the 2013 Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village. U.S. team captain Fred Couples asked the iconic 18-time major championship winner to be an assistant captain on the American side for the Presidents Cup on Oct. 4-6, 2013. But Nicklaus turned him down. Nicklaus plans to be a cordial, uninvolved and unhurried host for the event at the course he designed.
• The Dallas Mavericks waived former Xavier star Tu Holloway and DJ Mbenga. The moves put the Dallas training camp roster at 16 players. Holloway, an undrafted rookie, and the 7-foot Mbenga, who was previously with the Mavericks, were signed as free agents Thursday before camp. Mbenga was originally a rookie free agent for the Mavericks in 2004 after playing on the team’s summer league squad. He played in 79 games before being waived at the start of the 2007 season. He has since played for Golden State, the Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans, and has averaged 1.8 points and 1.5 rebounds in 234 career games.
• Former Germany captain Michael Ballack is retiring from soccer. The 36-year-old midfielder has been without a club since his contract with Bayer Leverkusen expired at the end of last season. Ballack played 98 matches for Germany before being pushed out after missing the 2010 World Cup with an injury.
• Novak Djokovic won his opening match at the China Open by defeating German qualifier Michael Berrer 6-1, 6-7 (3), 6-2 in Beijing in his first match since losing the U.S. Open final.
— From wire reports