The Chicago Bears will retire Mike Ditka's No. 89 at halftime of a "Monday Night Football" game against Dallas on Dec. 9.

The tight end last played for the Bears 47 years ago, coached the team to its lone Super Bowl title 27 years ago and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 25 years ago.

Ditka, 73, is the only person in the NFL's modern era to win a title with the same team as both a player (1963) and coach. He's the 14th Bears player to have his number retired.

  • Dallas defensive tackle Josh Brent will remain free while he awaits trial for intoxication manslaughter. A judge denied a prosecutor's request to revoke Brent's bond because of problems with alcohol monitoring. He's charged in a car crash Dec. 8 that killed teammate Jerry Brown.

  • Seattle lost tight end Anthony McCoy for possibly the entire season with a torn Achilles.

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    Tamika Catchings and Shavonte Zellous each had 19 points, and Indiana opened defense of its WNBA title with a 79-64 victory at San Antonio.

  • Serena Williams will open against 83rd-ranked Anna Tatishvili at the French Open. A year ago on the clay in Paris, Williams lost her first match to No. 111 Virginie Razzano. The tournament starts Sunday at Roland Garros.

  • Bayern Munich faces Bundesliga rival Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final Saturday at London's Wembley Stadium. Bayern lost in last year's final to Chelsea.


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  • A NASCAR appeals panel upheld the penalties for two Richard Childress Racing Nationwide crew members who are also facing misdemeanor charges for fighting with Nelson Piquet Jr. at Richmond International Raceway last month.

    Thomas Costello and Michael Scearce of driver Brian Scott's team were suspended for four races and fined $15,000 each. Scott and Piquet tangled on the track.

  • Wisconsin-Green Bay men's basketball coach Brian Wardle will keep his job after an independent review largely cleared him of allegations that he verbally mistreated his players.

  • Former Giro d'Italia winner Danilo Di Luca tested positive for EPO. If confirmed in a backup sample, he risks a lifetime ban. The race ends Sunday, and Di Luca left in 26th place. The 19th stage was canceled because of snow.