NEW YORK (AP) -- The Boston Marathon bombing was selected the sports story of the year Friday in an annual vote conducted by The Associated Press.
Two pressure cooker bombs exploded near the finish line of the April 15 race in an area packed with fans cheering the passing runners. Three people were killed and more than 260 injured, including at least 16 who lost limbs.
Ninety-six ballots were submitted from U.S. editors and news directors. Voters were asked to rank the top 10 sports stories of the year, with the first-place story receiving 10 points, the second-place story nine points and so on.
The marathon attack received 761 points and 67 first-place votes. It was also second in AP's national/international story of the year poll.
IRVING, Texas (AP) - Tony Romo's season is over, and the Dallas Cowboys will have to win without their star quarterback in a third straight playoffs-or-bust finale.
Coach Jason Garrett said Romo had back surgery Friday, and Kyle Orton will start when Dallas faces Philadelphia on Sunday night with the NFC East title and a postseason berth on the line.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Less than three years after being one of the most prized free agents on the open market, Nnamdi Asomugha' NFL career is over.
Asomugha announced his retirement Friday at the Oakland Raiders' headquarters, ending his 11-year career at the place he had his most success.
Asomugha made three Pro Bowls and was a two-time first-team All-Pro during his eight seasons with the Raiders when he was considered one of the league's top cover cornerbacks.
But his career quickly fizzled after signing a $60 million, five-year contract with Philadelphia in the summer of 2011. He was cut after two years with the Eagles and played just three games this season for San Francisco before being released in November.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) - The Chicago Bears have agreed to a four-year contract extension with kicker Robbie Gould through the 2017 season, the team said.
HONOLULU (AP) -Kansas City and San Francisco will have plenty of clout in Honolulu if they don't make it to New Jersey for the Super Bowl.
The NFL revealed that the Chiefs and 49ers each had eight players voted into the Pro Bowl, including running backs Jamaal Charles of Kansas City and Frank Gore of San Francisco.
Denver quarterback Peyton Manning was selected to his 13th Pro Bowl after receiving the most votes among fans, 1.43 million. New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees was second among fans with 1.2 million votes.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook had arthroscopic knee surgery and will be sidelined until after the All-Star break.
Westbrook will miss at least 27 games.
Coach Scott Brooks said Reggie Jackson, who is averaging 12.5 points, will start. Jeremy Lamb will also see increased playing time in Westbrook's absence.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Veteran outfielder Raul Ibanez has agreed to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels.
The 41-year-old Ibanez batted .242 with 29 homers and 65 RBIs for the Seattle Mariners last year. He hit his final homer of the season at Angel Stadium on Sept. 21, tying Ted Williams' record for the most homers by a 40-and-over player.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Novak Djokovic overcame Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to enter the final of the Mubadala Championship for the third time in three years, but he won't be facing top-ranked Rafael Nadal.
Djokovic beat Tsonga 7-6 (5), 6-3 in 74 minutes to set up a repeat of last year's final against David Ferrer, who knocked out Spanish compatriot Nadal 6-4, 6-4 with breaks in the last game of each set, in 90 minutes of quality tennis.
Earlier, Wimbledon champion Andy Murray won his first match following a three-month layoff for a back injury when he beat Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3, 6-4.
Also, Roger Federer is adding Stefan Edberg to his team, part of a recent trend of top tennis players hiring ex-stars as coaches.
Federer, owner of a record 17 Grand Slam titles, says Friday on Facebook that six-time major champion Edberg ''agreed to work with us for at least 10 weeks starting at the Australian Open.''
The Federer-Edberg announcement comes a little more than a week after Novak Djokovic hired Boris Becker as a coach. Andy Murray already had been working with Ivan Lendl.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Michigan star Mitch McGary is out indefinitely after deciding to have surgery on his lower back.
Coach John Beilein announced McGary's status Friday, the day before the Wolverines were scheduled to host Holy Cross. McGary missed the first two games of the season because of the injury. In eight games since then, he's averaged 9.5 points.
KEARNS, Utah (AP) - Jonathan Kuck is heading back to the Olympics.
That wasn't enough reason to take a gulp of champagne.
Kuck dominated the men's 5,000 meters at the U.S. Olympic speedskating trials Friday night, then popped a bottle of bubbly on the victory stand. While third-place finisher Patrick Meek was eager to take a swig, Kuck got a whiff of the bottle and passed.
High school senior Emery Lehman finished about 6 seconds behind Kuck in the 12 1/2-lap race, tiring noticeably at the end of the grueling event but hanging on to claim the second of three expected spots on the Olympic team.
On the women's side, Jilleanne Rookard claimed her second straight trip to the Olympics with a commanding victory in the 3,000, coming back from couple of poor seasons that left her wondering if she wanted to keep skating. She actually walked away from the sport less than a year ago, taking four months off before returning to the ice.