Saints' defensive end Smith signs $70 million extension
NEW ORLEANS --
New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith has signed a contract extension that will make him one of the NFL's highest-paid defensive players.
Smith signed a six-year deal worth about $70 million, according to a person familiar with the deal who requested anonymity because terms had not been made public. The deal makes Smith the NFL's third-highest paid defensive end, behind Minnesota's Jared Allen and Indianapolis' Dwight Freeney.
Smith had been dissatisfied with his contract – which paled in comparison to the league's top defensive ends. Freeney is paid close to $12 million a year. Associated Press
Cowboys: Defensive end Chris Canty, who played for Charlotte Latin and Virginia, signed a $2 million restricted free agent tender. AP
Raiders: Former coach John Rauch died in his sleep at his Oldsmar, Fla., home Tuesday. Rauch played quarterback for the Georgia Bulldogs. AP
Ravens: Offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden told the Baltimore Sun that he will officially announce his retirement today. Baltimore Sun
Women's basketball at South Carolina is getting larger offices, according to a university spokesman. The Frank McGuire conference room at the practice facility for volleyball will go to women's basketball. Men's basketball facilities will be upgraded, but not enlarged. AP
Duke granted women's basketball reserve Brittany Mitch a release. AP
Anderson, S.C., University women's basketball coach Jeff Dow, after compiling a 79-17 record in three years, will become head coach at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. AP
Guard Jordan Crawford has quit the Indiana basketball team. AP
For its new football program, Georgia State in Atlanta is expected to announce today that it has hired Bill Curry, former coach at Georgia Tech, Alabama and Kentucky. The Panthers will play, beginning in 2010, at the NCAA level formerly called Division I-AA. AP
Arkansas linebacker Freddie Fairchild, arrested in March on misdemeanor charges of battery and false imprisonment, has been dismissed from the team, coach Bobby Petrino said. AP
Former world cycling champion Tom Boonen of Belgium has been barred from this year's Tour de France after testing positive for cocaine. AP
Weekend angler Craig Fredrychowski of Lexington, S.C., weighed in a five-fish limit of 10 pounds, 14 ounces to take the opening-day lead in The Bass Federation's Southern Divisional Championship on Lake Norman. Second: Shane Hayes of New Albany, Ind., competing for the Kentucky team, with five fish weighing 10 pounds, 8 ounces. Third: Ronald Tuck of Rockwell with five fish weighing 10 pounds, 6 ounces.
To qualify for the 2009 TBF national championship, 84 anglers from seven states are competing. The tournament continues today and Friday. Jack Horan
The Carolina Hurricanes signed goaltender Michael Leighton – AHL goalie of the year at the team's Albany minor league squad – to back up Cam Ward.AP
Sharks: Hired former Red Wings assistant Todd McLellan as head coach. AP
The U.S. men's volleyball team will face Venezuela and the women will play Japan in their opening matches at the Olympics when play begins in August. AP
In the European Championship tournament, Portugal beat the Czech Republic 3-1 and Turkey, fighting through a torrential rainstorm, edged Switzerland 2-1. AP
Mexico goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez' arrest this week in Chicago won't keep him out of a World Cup qualifier in Houston against Belize, his team said. He was taken into custody Monday for resisting arrest at a downtown hotel after Mexico beat Peru 4-0 in a friendly at Soldier Field. AP
In Germany, Roger Federer and James Blake advanced in the Gerry Weber Open. In England, Rafael Nadal and Andy Roddick won, reaching the third round at Queen's Club. And in Poland's Warsaw Open, Nikolay Davydenko, Evgeny Korolev, Juan Monaco and Marcel Granollers advanced into the third round.AP
Janel McCarville scored 25 to lift the New York Liberty to an 81-77 victory over winless host Atlanta, 81-77.
Visiting Sacramento turned back Washington, 77-75.
San Antonio, undefeated at home, beat the Indiana Fever, 64-53. AP