Hall agrees to terms on contract with Raiders

The Raiders and DeAngelo Hall agreed to terms Thursday on a $70 million, seven-year contract that cleared the way for the former Pro Bowl cornerback to be dealt from Atlanta to Oakland.

Hall will be guaranteed a little more than $24 million in the new deal, a person familiar with the contract said on condition of anonymity because terms were not released.

The Raiders wanted to sign Hall to a new contract before completing the deal with the Falcons in order to make sure they would have him for more than one year. Oakland sent a second-round pick, the 34th overall, in next month’s draft, and a fifth-round pick in 2009 to Atlanta in the deal.

Also: The Steelers released wide receiver Cedrick Wilson, hours after he was charged with punching his estranged girlfriend in the face at a suburban Pittsburgh restaurant.

Wilson, 29, was arraigned on charges of simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct.

Lindsey Paulat told police that Wilson pushed her on the shoulder at the Patron Mexican Grill on Wednesday night. She said when she turned around he punched her in the left side of her face, according to the complaint.

The New England Patriots signed free-agent cornerback Fernando Bryant, a former first-round draft pick who has played nine years with Jacksonville and Detroit.

The Carolina Panthers signed safety Terrence Holt to a one-year contract.

Holt started all 16 games for Arizona last season.

The Houston Texans re-signed safety Will Demps and defensive end N.D. Kalu.

The Minnesota Vikings signed safety Michael Boulware.


Sabres’ Numminen files grievance against team

Teppo Numminen filed a grievance against the Buffalo Sabres for suspending him without pay after the veteran defenseman failed a preseason physical because he required open-heart surgery.

The grievance was filed with the NHL Players’ Association in November, union spokesman Jonathan Weatherdon said.

Numminen, an 18-year NHL veteran, rejoined the Sabres this week.

Also: Minnesota defenseman Kurtis Foster will miss the rest of the season, including the playoffs, after crashing into the boards Wednesday during a race to the puck with San Jose rookie Torrey Mitchell.

Foster had surgery to repair a displaced fracture in his left femur, and a stabilizing rod was put into his leg.


Nadal defeats Blake, moves into semifinals

Defending champion Rafael Nadal beat James Blake for the first time in their four meetings to move into the Pacific Life Open semifinals in Indian Wells, Calif.

Nadal finished off a 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 victory over his American opponent with a 128 mph ace.

Two-time champion Lindsay Davenport went out of the tournament earlier in the day, having to quit after one set because of a sore back. Jelena Jankovic won the set, 6-2.

Serbian stars Novak Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic won to reach the semifinals.

Also: Mao Asada of Japan won the women’s title at the World Figure Skating Championships in Goteborg, Sweden.

Italy’s Carolina Kostner took the silver, and South Korea’s Kim Yu-na finished third.

The UNLV baseball team lost 6-5 to No. 23 Cal State Fullerton in Fullerton, Calif.

The Rebels (9-9) had the tying run on third base with one out in the ninth inning but could not score.

The UNLV softball team lost 7-0 to No. 6 Michigan at the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif.

The Rebels (19-16-1) had just three hits against Nikki Nemitz, who struck out 13 in a complete game.

UNLV senior Kim Bonney finished in 52nd place in the 200-yard individual medley at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Columbus, Ohio.

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