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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - CIRCA 2011: In this handout image provided by the NFL, Carlos Rogers of the San Francisco 49ers poses for his NFL headshot circa 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)
FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2014, file photo, Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman throws during spring training baseball practice in Goodyear, Ariz. Chapman, with two black eyes, has returned to the Reds' clubhouse four days after being hit in the face by a line drive. The 26-year old left-hander had surgery at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Thursday, March 20, 2014, to repair a broken bone above his left eye. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
These 2013 photos provided by their respective schools show members of The Associated Press men's preseason All-America college basketball team released Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. From left are: Doug McDermott, Creighton; Mitch McGary, Michigan; Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State; Russ Smith, Louisville and Andrew Wiggins, Kansas. (AP Photo)
Raiders sign CB Rogers
ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders signed free-agent cornerback Carlos Rogers to a one-year contract.
The team announced the move yesterday to bring Rogers over from across the bay in San Francisco.
Rogers will team with another former 49ers cornerback in Oakland’s secondary. The Raiders previously signed Tarell Brown to a one-year deal.
The Niners cut Rogers earlier this month in a cost-saving move.
The 32-year-old Rogers gives the Raiders an experienced slot cornerback to team with Brown and last year’s first-round pick D.J. Hayden.
Rogers has started 116 games over nine seasons with Washington and San Francisco. He has 17 career interceptions and 109 passes defensed.
Giants re-sign Patterson, ink Bowman
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The New York Giants re-signed defensive tackle Mike Patterson and added cornerback Zack Bowman yesterday.
Patterson spent last season with the Giants after eight years in Philadelphia. He played in all 16 games for the first time since 2009 and made 35 tackles (22 solo).
In nine years, Patterson has played in 131 regular-season games with 100 starts, and started seven postseason games.
The Giants lost starting DT Linval Joseph as a free agent to the Vikings. But they still have Cullen Jenkins, Patterson, Johnathan Hankins and Markus Kuhn.
Bowman played his first six seasons with the Bears. His career statistics include 151 tackles (131 solo), 10 interceptions, 19 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries, two for touchdowns. He also plays special teams.
Guerrero signs 1-day deal to retire with Angels
ANAHEIM, Calif. – Vladimir Guerrero signed a one-day contract to retire with the Los Angeles Angels.
The Angels announced the honor yesterday, shortly before Guerrero threw out the first pitch on opening day at Angel Stadium.
The slugging outfielder hasn’t played in the majors since 2011.
The 39-year-old Guerrero played six of his 16 major league seasons with the Angels from 2004-09, winning the 2004 AL MVP award and earning four of his nine All-Star selections.
Guerrero began his career with the Montreal Expos and finished with single seasons for Texas and Baltimore. He played briefly in the minors for Toronto in 2012, and was out of baseball last year.
Guerrero leads all Dominican major leaguers with 2,590 hits.
Don Baylor is the only other league MVP in Angels history.
Reds’ Chapman feeling good, still can’t work out
CINCINNATI – Closer Aroldis Chapman rode in Cincinnati’s opening day parade yesterday, the most he was allowed to do as part of the Reds’ first-game festivities.
Chapman can’t work out while he recovers from a significant head injury during spring training. He had surgery on March 20 to have a plate installed above his left eye, fractured by a comeback liner during a game.
He’ll see a doctor tomorrow to gauge his progress. He said before the Reds’ opener against St. Louis yesterday he feels good and has no pain. The Reds think he’ll be able to return in May.
Chapman and starter Mat Latos rode in the annual downtown parade before the game. They’re among eight Reds players who opened the season on the disabled list.
D-Backs release Blanco, then hire him as coach
PHOENIX – The Arizona Diamondbacks released catcher Henry Blanco from his minor league contract and added him to the team’s major league coaching staff.
Blanco did not officially retire after trying to make Arizona’s roster in spring training.
The 42-year-old player appeared in 971 games over 16 major league seasons with 11 teams – the Los Angeles Dodgers, Colorado, Milwaukee, Atlanta, Minnesota, the Chicago Cubs, San Diego, New York Mets, Arizona, Toronto and Seaettle.
He had a career .223 batting average with 72 home runs and 298 RBIs. He threw out 40.49 percent of attempted base stealers.
A’s bring back Blanton on minor league deal
OAKLAND, Calif. – Right-hander Joe Blanton rejoined the Oakland Athletics on a minor league contract, and will begin the season in the rotation of the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats.
The River Cats announced the move yesterday on Twitter, then A’s assistant general manager David Forst said Blanton would start with Sacramento for now.
Blanton was granted his unconditional release by the Los Angeles Angels last Wednesday, and they still owed him $8.5 million.
The 33-year-old Blanton struggled in spring training with a 7.08 ERA in five appearances. He was 2-14 last year and sent to the bullpen in midseason.
Blanton was due $7.5 million this year, and had an $8 million club option for 2015 with a $1 million buyout.
McDermott leads AP All-America team
Doug McDermott of Creighton was a unanimous choice for the Associated Press All-America team, the first three-time selection in 29 years.
McDermott is the nation’s leading scorer at 26.9 points a game. The senior was joined on the team yesterday by freshman Jabari Parker of Duke and seniors Russ Smith of Louisville, Shabazz Napier of Connecticut and Sean Kilpatrick of Cincinnati.
Smith, Napier and Kilpatrick all played in the first-year American Athletic Conference, the first time a conference had three players on the first team since the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2000-01.
McDermott finished his career with 3,150 points, fifth on the all-time list. He is the 11th three-time AP All-American and the first since Patrick Ewing of Georgetown and Wayman Tisdale of Oklahoma from 1982-85.
Cal Coach Montgomery to retire
BERKELEY, Calif. – California Coach Mike Montgomery is retiring after six seasons at the school.
Cal announced the decision after Montgomery met with Athletic Director Sandy Barbour yesterday. ESPN first reported Montgomery’s decision.
The 67-year-old Montgomery decided to retire following an up-and-down season that ended last Wednesday with a loss to SMU in the quarterfinals of the NIT.
The Golden Bears went 21-14 and made the postseason for the sixth time in as many years under Montgomery but struggled late in the season and missed out on a return trip to the NCAAs.
Montgomery finishes his career with a 677-317 record, having also spent 18 years at Stanford and eight at Montana. Montgomery also had disappointing seasons as head coach of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors in between his stints at Stanford and Cal.
New Mexico’s Neal gets extension
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – New Mexico gave men’s basketball Coach Craig Neal a two-year contract extension after he led the Lobos to the NCAA tournament in his first season.
The deal was announced yesterday by Athletic Director Paul Krebs. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Neal’s original five-year contract ran through the 2017-18 season. The new deal runs through 2019-20.
After six seasons as the associate head coach, Neal led New Mexico to a 27-7 record this season, including a 15-3 mark in the Mountain West.
Neal’s 27 wins is tied for the 12th-most in NCAA history for first-year head coaches.
He became the first New Mexico coach to bring the Lobos to the NCAA tournament in his initial season.
Source: Marquette interviewing Duke’s Wojciechowski
DURHAM, N.C. – Duke assistant Steve Wojciechowski interviewed for the Marquette job yesterday, said a person familiar with the situation.
The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because Marquette is not commenting publicly about specific candidates for the position.
The Golden Eagles are looking for a replacement for Buzz Williams, who earlier this month left for Virginia Tech.
The 37-year-old Wojciechowski was a star guard for Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski from 1994-98 and has been on the Blue Devils’ staff since 1999. He was promoted to associate head coach in 2008.
Williams led Marquette to a 139-69 record and five NCAA tournament appearances in six seasons.
Wojciechowski has never been a head coach at any level, but has worked primarily with the Blue Devils’ post players during his 15 seasons on Krzyzewski’s staff.
Rangers sign free-agent F McCarthy from Vermont
NEW YORK – The New York Rangers agreed to terms with free-agent forward Chris McCarthy, who played college hockey at Vermont.
The deal was announced yesterday while the Rangers were in Vancouver, preparing for tonight’s game against the Canucks.
The 22-year-old McCarthy, who sat out his junior season because of injury, had 18 goals and 24 assists in 38 games with Vermont this season. He established collegiate career highs in games played, goals, assists, points, and plus/minus rating and led the club in assists and points.
In 150 career NCAA games over five seasons with Vermont, McCarthy had 46 goals and 68 assists. Before joining Vermont, he played in 59 games in the U.S. Development Program (USDP) during the 2008-09 season.