Raiders sign Hall
The Raiders and DeAngelo Hall agreed to terms Thursday on a $70 million, seven-year deal 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, a person familiar with the contract said on condition of anonymity because terms were not released. "I'm excited to be joining the Raiders," Hall said in a statement released by the team. "To come out here and see all of the Hall of Famers walking around, their photos posted on the wall, the championships, it's an amazing feeling to be a part of that history and be a part of making history." Oakland dealt Atlanta a second-round pick (34th overall) in next month's draft, and a fifth-round pick in 2009.
U.S. gets Olympic bid
Freddy Adu scored twice on free kicks, and the U.S. Under-23 team earned an Olympic berth Thursday by beating Canada 3-0 in the CONCACAF qualifying semifinals in Nashville, Tenn. The Americans earned their seventh berth in eight Olympics dating to 1980, with 2004 the lone miss in that stretch. "The Olympics are great," Adu said. "Everybody watches it. I watched it growing up. It's just an honor to represent your country in such a big event." Honduras took the other berth in Beijing in the earlier semifinal, beating Guatemala 6-5 on penalty kicks after a scoreless tie.
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A's set foot in Japan
A group of about 30 media members and fans greeted the Oakland A's after they touched down in Tokyo late Thursday night in advance of their season-opening series against the Boston Red Sox. Cameras flashed everywhere as the A's strolled through the main terminal at Narita International Airport. It's the defending World Series champ Red Sox who are expected to register the greatest buzz as the teams christen the regular season with a two-game series at the Tokyo Dome beginning Tuesday. "It was kind of like a film festival," A's infielder Donnie Murphy said. "It was kind of cool. Especially flying in this late, I wasn't expecting anything." The A's have their first workout today at the Tokyo Dome.
Tiger's streak on line
Fewer people to beat, that's the advantage Tiger Woods has this week in trying to win the elite 79-player CA Championship in Doral, Fla. The world's No. 1 golfer, who hasn't lost since September, shot a first-round 67 and was two shots off the lead. "Let me just say that not everybody out here is Tiger Woods, OK?" said Stewart Cink, who shot 66. "He's making it look easy, and it's not easy." Page C-5