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A's sign Sweeney

Veteran Kansas City Royals first baseman Mike Sweeney agreed to terms Sunday on a minor-league contract with the Oakland A's. Sweeney, 34, agreed to the A's offer, which includes significant performance bonuses, to remain in the American League. "A couple of National League teams had interest," he said, "but that mainly would have been as a right-handed bat off the bench. I thought it was best to stay in the American League with the DH. I know the pitchers, I know the league, and I know I'll get a fair opportunity with the A's." Injuries limited Sweeney to just 74 games last season, and he hasn't played in more than 126 games since 2001. The Royals selected Sweeney in the 10th round of the 1991 draft. He reached the big leagues in 1995 and became a five-time All-Star.

'Skins, Colts to meet in Hall of Fame game

Jim Zorn will make his Washington Redskins coaching debut in the Hall of Fame game Aug. 3. The Hall of Fame announced Sunday that the Redskins and Indianapolis Colts will meet in the annual exhibition at Canton, Ohio. It's played the day following the hall's induction ceremony. The Redskins lobbied for the game after two of their former stars -- Darrell Green and Art Monk -- were voted into the Hall earlier this month. The rest of the Class of 2008 is comprised of Fred Dean, Emmitt Thomas, Andre Tippett and Gary Zimmerman. The Colts last played in the Hall of Fame game in 1996. The Redskins, who hired Zorn on Saturday to replace Joe Gibbs, played in the 2004 game.

Raising awareness

Georgia Tech head coach MaChelle Joseph watches along with team members during the first half of Sunday's game against North Carolina in Atlanta. North Carolina won, 75-61. Georgia Tech donned pink uniforms for the game to help raise awareness in the fight against breast cancer. College Basketball, Page C-3

Nevada high school player draws interest

A Nevada high school football lineman who lied about signing a letter of intent with Cal reportedly has drawn the interest of Portland State. FOX-TV Channel 12 in Portland is reporting that PSU football coaches have called Kevin Hart's Fernley High School near Reno requesting film footage. Hart told a Feb. 1 school assembly that he would sign a letter of intent with Cal. But Cal never recruited him, nor did anyone else. Hart had originally claimed that he had been duped into believing that both Cal and Oregon were recruiting him but later admitted it was a lie. His grandfather, George Hart, said Kevin Hart is a good kid who made a bad mistake.