Knicks' Rasheed Wallace retires again from NBA

Knicks' Rasheed Wallace retires again from NBA

NEW YORK — New York Knicks forward Rasheed Wallace retired again from the NBA on Wednesday after he was unable to recover from a left foot injury.

Wallace tried to make it back for the playoffs, but knew after a brief stint Monday against Charlotte that it was over.

The Knicks made the announcement in a release shortly after their morning shootaround. Woodson said after the workout only that Wallace was struggling with soreness and his status for the playoffs wasn't known.

It's a damaging blow for the Knicks, who loaded up on veteran big men this season but have now lost two of them for good in Kurt Thomas and Wallace, and have gotten almost nothing from Marcus Camby.

Also, Amare Stoudemire's status for the postseason is unclear as he recovers from right knee surgery.

Seattle announces 1-year deal with DB Winfield

RENTON, Wash. — The Seattle Seahawks signed veteran cornerback Antoine Winfield to a one-year deal on Wednesday.

Winfield, a former All-Pro who was cut by Minnesota, joins a stacked Seattle secondary.

Winfield joins an impressive list of offseason acquisitions by the Seahawks, along with the signings of defensive linemen Cliff Avril, Tony McDaniel and Michael Bennett, and the trade that brought wide receiver Percy Harvin to Seattle from Minnesota.

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Green Bay locked up star linebacker Clay Matthews with a long-term extension Wednesday, and also is negotiating with quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Matthews posted a picture of himself on Twitter signing the deal, saying, "Trivial amongst the recent tragic news, but happy to continue my career in Green Bay!"

The Packers did not announce terms of the extension, reported to be for five years, but the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said the deal is worth $66 million. That would put Matthews on par with Dallas outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware, whose contract also averages $13 million per year.

With Matthews' deal done, the Packers can turn all of their attention to Rodgers, whose extension is expected to make him the highest-paid player in the league. Agent David Dunn represents Matthews and Rodgers, as well as defensive tackle B.J. Raji.

Djokovic, Nadal advance at Monte Carlo Masters

MONACO — Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal extended his Monte Carlo Masters winning streak to 43 matches and top-ranked Novak Djokovic won despite a balky ankle on Wednesday at the Monte Carlo Masters.

Nadal cruised past Marinko Matosevic 6-1, 6-2. Djokovic spent twice as long on court, defeating Mikhail Youzhny 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 in 2 hours, 15 minutes.

Djokovic twisted his ankle while playing for Serbia in the Davis Cup on April 7. He looked a bit tentative in the first set, but it didn't appear to impede his movement.

Nadal will face Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany in the third round, and Djokovic will play Juan Monaco. Last year, Djokovic lost to Nadal in the final.

Fourth-seeded Tomas Berdych, ninth-seeded Marin Cilic, No. 13 Stanislas Wawrinka, Jurgen Melzer, Fabio Fognini, Florian Mayer, and Jarkko Nieminen also won.

Compiled from wire reports