Russell set to sign
Quarterback JaMarcus Russell arrived in the Bay Area on Tuesday to sign a record rookie deal with the Oakland Raiders and end the longest holdout in more than two decades by the league's top pick. Lawyers for the Raiders and Russell were reviewing the final details of the six-year, $61 million contract, but no holdups were expected, according to two people familiar with the talks who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced. Russell was expected to sign in time to join his new team for today's practice. Russell will be guaranteed a record $29 million, the highest amount allowed under the NFL's rookie salary pool rules, and would get an additional $3 million if he reaches minimal playing time incentives, the two people said. Russell would earn the $3 million bonus in 2010 if he takes 35 percent of the team's snaps this year, 45 percent in 2008 or 50 percent in 2009. If Russell hit all the incentives in the deal, it would be worth $68 million.
Bispo out for season
UC Davis tight end Brad Bispo, The Bee's 2005 All-District Player of the Year, suffered a broken right leg in Saturday's game and will have surgery next week to repair it. He faces at least six months of recovery time after he was hit and rolled backward over a Portland State linebacker. "The worst part about it is at first they told me I'd be out three to four weeks," Bispo said. "We thought it was a fracture. Then the doctors said 'You're done.' I broke it at the ankle and it's cracked up to the knee." Bispo played in nine games last year for the Aggies, catching six passes for 107 yards, including a 17-yard touchdown.
Giants honor local
Modesto's Steve Whiteside was among 36 baseball coaches honored before last Saturday's San Francisco Giants game with the Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco's AT&T Park. Whiteside coaches in the Junior Giants program, which was created to reach young athletes who might not otherwise be able to afford to play baseball. Whiteside was a recipient of the Willie Mac Award as an outstanding volunteer, and was recognized in a ceremony at home plate.
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