SEATTLE — Jake Locker walked into the football offices at Washington on Monday morning and quickly ended any lingering question about his future.
Touted as a potential top 10 NFL draft selection, Locker is putting his professional aspirations on hold and instead will return for his senior season and one more shot at helping restore the Huskies to prominence.
In a statement released through the university, Locker said he will not make himself available for the 2010 NFL draft.
"After a great deal of careful thought and deliberation, I have decided to return to Washington and play my senior year," Locker said. "I am very excited about this team's opportunities and potential for the upcoming season and I am looking forward to being a part of it."
Locker's decision is a major coup for coach Steve Sarkisian and a Washington program that showed signs of revival, going 5-7 this season after an 0-12 debacle in 2008. The Huskies won't be trying to build on the momentum of their most wins since 2003 with a new quarterback.
SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco 49ers team president Jed York gave a big vote of confidence to coach Mike Singletary and general manger Scot McCloughan on Monday, saying both men would be with the franchise for the 2010 season.
"No question," York said.
York credited Singletary's passion as a positive trait for the coach, who had the interim tag lifted from his title for this season after taking over for the fired Mike Nolan in October 2008 — and he received a four-year contract. Singletary's 49ers were 5-7 heading into Monday night's game against the reigning NFC champion Arizona Cardinals.
"That he's able to instill what he wants into the players, even if that means he has to retool it, he's not too stubborn to say, 'Well, this is who I am, this is who we have to be and you have to adapt to me,'" York said. "He will adapt to his players as well, and you've seen that with the offense a little bit. ... It's something that he has to learn for himself, how he's going to give and how he's going to take. I think he's doing a good job at that."
WASHINGTON — Detroit Lions Vice Chairman Bill Ford Jr. says he's been too preoccupied running Ford Motor Co. over the past two years to pay attention to the NFL team.
Based on the Lions' performance over that time, it may be just as well.
Bill Ford was in Washington on Monday to give the Commerce Department a list of recommendations on ways to revitalize the economy developed at a Detroit business summit.
The Lions went 0-16 in 2008 and are 2-11 this season. Asked to assess the team, Ford said shoring up the automaker's finances and market share have been "all encompassing."
Ford says he's spent "almost no time with the Lions" and really doesn't have an active role with the team.
NEW YORK — Baseball's hot stove started sizzling Monday, with Roy Halladay, John Lackey, Hideki Matsui and Mike Cameron all set to switch teams.
The Phillies have a tentative agreement to acquire Halladay in a trade with Toronto, and the former Cy Young Award winner was in Philadelphia on Monday for a physical required to complete the deal. Philadelphia also was discussing a trade that would send Cliff Lee, another former Cy Young winner, to Seattle.
The retooling Red Sox made two key moves in one day, reaching tentative agreements on a five-year contract with pitcher John Lackey worth $80 million to $87.5 million and a two-year deal with outfielder Mike Cameron for about $15 million.
World Series MVP Hideki Matsui decided to head west, reaching a preliminary agreement with the Los Angeles Angels on a one-year contract worth about $6.5 million.
Halladay has been coveted by top clubs for months, and the commissioner's office granted a 72-hour window on Sunday for Toronto and Philadelphia to complete their trade, a baseball official familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Monday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because Major League Baseball didn't make any announcement.
Halladay took a physical Monday for the NL champion Phillies, another person with knowledge of the situation said, also on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made.
Philadelphia could give up pitchers J.A. Happ, Joe Blanton and outfielder Dominic Brown as part of a deal, the person said. Those three players also took physicals in Philadelphia on Monday.
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — Bobsledder Todd Hays was forced to retire Monday after he was diagnosed with a serious head injury stemming from a crash last week in Germany.
Hays returned to the U.S. for treatment following the wreck last Wednesday during training for a World Cup race. An MRI revealed blood in his brain after he was originally thought to have a concussion.
The 40-year-old Hays, of Del Rio, Texas, was trying to make his fourth Olympic team, and very likely would have earned a roster spot for the Vancouver Games.
"In discussion today with various experts in the field of sports induced injuries, it was the consensus that Todd should not engage in any further bobsledding to avoid any additional trauma to a healing brain which may cause irreversible damage," team doctor Eugene Byrne said in a U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation release.
Hays did not immediately return messages left by The Associated Press late Monday night.
NEW YORK — A Canadian doctor who has treated golfer Tiger Woods, swimmer Dara Torres and NFL players is suspected of providing athletes with performance-enhancing drugs, according to a newspaper report.
The New York Times reported on its Web site Monday night that Dr. Anthony Galea was found with human growth hormone and Actovegin, a drug extracted from calf's blood, in his bag at the U.S.-Canada border in late September. He was arrested Oct. 15 in Toronto by Canadian police.
Using, selling or importing Actovegin is illegal in the United States.
The FBI has opened an investigation based in part on medical records found on Galea's computer relating to several professional athletes, people briefed on the inquiry told the Times on condition of anonymity because they did not want to be identified discussing a continuing investigation.
SAN FRANCISCO — The U.S. Olympic Committee's search for a CEO is in its final stages, with plans to have the new boss in place before the Vancouver Games start in February.
The USOC board discussed the hiring process at its quarterly board meeting Monday.
Two people familiar with the search told The Associated Press there are six candidates: TD Ameritrade chairman Joe Moglia; former baseball executive Sandy Alderson; current chief operating officer Norm Bellingham; former general counsel and interim CEO of the USOC, Scott Blackmun; Jet Set Sports president Mark Lewis and USA Swimming CEO Chuck Wielgus.
The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because the candidates' names are supposed to be confidential.
All candidates except Moglia were first reported by The Chicago Tribune.
Chairman Larry Probst would not comment on the names or number of candidates, but did say the new CEO would be in place before the Vancouver Olympics.
— The Associated Press