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Red Sox' Wakefield retires after 19 years

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Tim Wakefield is retiring after pitching the last 17 seasons for the Boston Red Sox.

The 45-year-old knuckleballer made the announcement at the team's spring training facility Friday.

After two seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates, the right-hander signed as a minor-league free agent in April 1995. He was 186-168 with a 4.43 ERA with the Red Sox. Only Roger Clemens and Cy Young had more wins (192) with the team.

Wakefield is first in team history with 3,006 innings and 430 starts, and second in games and strikeouts.

For his career, Wakefield was 200-180 with a 4.41 ERA He was 7-8 with a 5.12 ERA last season in 23 starts and 10 relief appearances. He won two World Series championships in Boston.

Wakefield was the oldest player in the majors last season.

Bengals hire former Raiders coach Jackson

CINCINNATI — Former Oakland Raiders coach Hue Jackson has been hired as an assistant with the Cincinnati Bengals.

On the staff with Cincinnati from 2004-06, Jackson will help with the secondary and special teams, and work closely with the position coaches for both slots, Mark Carrier and Darrin Simmons, respectively.

Jackson was fired after the Raiders missed the AFC playoffs with an 8-8 record last season.

Son of Fox studio host killed in car accident

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The 19-year-old son of NASCAR on Fox studio host Chris Myers has been killed in a car accident.

The network says Myers will not be part of Fox's coverage of the season-opening Daytona 500. Christopher Myers was killed Thursday in Southern California, where the family resides.

SPEED studio host John Roberts will replace Myers at Daytona International Speedway.

Roberts will assume Myers' responsibilities as host of tonight's studio show before the Budweiser Shootout, during Sunday's qualifying, and the pre-race show for the Feb. 26 season-opening Daytona 500. Fox says Myers will be given as much time off as he needs.

Eddie Johnson returns to MLS with Sounders FC

RENTON, Wash. — Eddie Johnson is returning to Major League Soccer.

The American forward signed with MLS and was selected by Montreal on Friday with the top pick in the league's allocation process. The expansion Impact then traded Johnson to Seattle for forward Mike Fucito and midfielder Lamar Neagle.

Johnson, who turns 28 next month, played in MLS for Dallas (2001-06) and Kansas City (2007-08) before signing in England with Fulham. He was little used by the Cottagers, making just 18 appearances and getting loaned to Cardiff City, Preston North End and Greece's Aris.

The Mexican club Puebla said in December it had signed Johnson then said he failed a physical exam and did not complete the deal. A member of the 2006 U.S. World Cup team, Johnson has 12 goals in 42 international appearances.

Compiled from wire reports