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Central grad Storer added to Bucs' roster

Modesto's Byron Storer, one week after he was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has been re-signed and -- for the first time -- will be promoted to the 53-man roster for Sunday afternoon's game at home against Jacksonville. Storer (Central Catholic, Cal), an undrafted rookie, is expected to play on the Bucs' kickoff, kickoff return, punt and punt return teams and will back up fullback B.J. Askew. "I never thought you could go from being released to the 53-man roster. What I've learned from the veterans is that there are going to be highs and lows. This whole NFL business is a roller-coaster ride," Storer said Wednesday night. The former Cal special teams star signed a free-agent contract with Tampa Bay last spring, survived the preseason until the final cut and then was designated to the eight-man practice squad. He stayed there until a slew of injuries, especially at running back and wide receiver, prompted a series of roster moves that led to Storer's release last week. Storer, cut when Tampa Bay brought in running back Michael Bennett and lowered running back Kenneth Darby to the practice squad, became valuable because of his versatility. To open a roster spot for him, Tampa Bay released 13-year veteran fullback Zack Crockett. ranks Oakdale No. 1

Oakdale High (6-1) rose to the top of the state Division IV rankings Wednesday, following its 21-20 win over Manteca and a 25-20 loss by previous No. 1 Oaks Christian of Westlake Village. Manteca was No. 2 and Oakdale was No. 3 in last week's poll. Oakdale -- which also debuted in the Northern California poll at No. 15 -- was No. 1 in the state in 2003, before losing 27-7 to Colfax in the Sac-Joaquin Section final. Manteca (6-1) fell a spot to No. 3 in the state. Two of the state's top Division IV teams battle Friday when No. 2 Central Catholic (5-1-1) hosts No. 3 Patterson (7-0). Merced (7-0), meanwhile, stayed at No. 15 in the state Division I rankings and No. 5 in Northern California.

NFL: Raiders can sell minority interest

The NFL gave approval Wednesday to allow the Oakland Raiders to sell a 20 percent minority interest in the team to a small group of investors. The deal gives the group no control of the franchise now or in the future. Owner Al Davis and his family remain in charge of the Raiders as they have for more than four decades. The deal to sell the minority interest in the team was unanimously approved without debate at the NFL owners meeting in Philadelphia, league spokesman Joe Browne said. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. According to an annual study by Forbes magazine, the Raiders were valued at $812 million, fifth lowest in the NFL.