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Source: Hall agrees to 4-year deal with Redskins
ASHBURN, Va. – A person familiar with the agreement said DeAngelo Hall agreed to a four-year deal to stay with the Washington Redskins yesterday.
The person said the contract will be worth $4 million to $5 million per year. The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the deal.
Hall, 30, had four interceptions last season, including two returned for touchdowns. He played the season on a one-year contract, having taken a pay cut so the Redskins could fit him under the salary cap.
Hall has 43 career interceptions over 10 seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, Oakland Raiders and Redskins.
Falcons wide receiver White arrested in Georgia
ATLANTA – Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White was arrested on a warrant charging him with failing to appear in court.
Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Deputy Shannon Volkodav confirmed that White was booked into jail in suburban Atlanta early yesterday. Officials said White was initially stopped for speeding and is free on bond.
A copy of the warrant said White failed to appear in court last March after he was cited for driving a vehicle with tinted windows that were too dark.
A Falcons statement says the team is aware of White’s arrest, adding, “we anticipate this will be resolved shortly.”
Falling metal forces Indiana to postpone Iowa game
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana postponed last night’s basketball game against No. 15 Iowa after piece of metal fell into the seats at Assembly Hall about six hours before tipoff.
Athletic Director Fred Glass said the school made the decision after the metal piece, roughly 8 feet long and 14 inches wide, fell into the lower bowl of the arena and damaged seats in the northwest corner. The game was scheduled for 9 p.m. and a makeup date was not announced.
Glass said the school made the decision for the safety of fans and that no decision had been made about whether to play tonight’s women’s game against Michigan.
Assembly Hall opened during the 1971-72 season and holds more than 17,000 fans. A multimillion-dollar renovation plan is in the works.
Serena Williams struggles but wins in Dubai
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Top-seeded Serena Williams faced some early struggles before defeating Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova, 7-6 (8), 6-0, in the second round of the Dubai Championships yesterday.
Williams, playing in Dubai courtesy of a wild card, has been sidelined with a back injury since losing to Ana Ivanovic in the fourth round of the Australian Open last month.
The 24th-ranked Makarova broke Williams’s serve in the first game of the match and was serving for the set at 5-4. That’s when the Russian played an error-riddled game to allow Williams to even the score to 5-5.
Williams now plays Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic or fifth-seeded Jelena Jankovic of Serbia in the quarterfinals.
Earlier, Ivanovic sent sixth-seeded Angelique Kerber packing, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6).
Seventh-seeded Simona Halep, who won last week’s Qatar Open in Doha, retired with a right Achilles injury while trailing Alize Cornet of France, 6-1, 1-1, in the first match of the day.
Eighth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki had to overcome a one-set deficit to outmaneuver Sabine Lisicki of Germany, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, and move into the second round.
Haas beats American Odesnik in first round at Delray
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Top-seeded Tommy Haas needed only 55 minutes to beat American Wayne Odesnik, 6-2, 6-1, yesterday in the first round at the Delray Beach Open.
The 35-year-old Haas won the tournament in 2006. He lost just one of 20 points on his first serve against Odesnik and converted five of six break-point chances.
No. 8-seeded Lleyton Hewitt beat American Bradley Klahn, 6-3, 6-1. No. 4 Kevin Anderson rallied past American Tim Smyczek, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3.
Wild card Marcos Baghdatis lost only five points on his first serve and took advantage of 10 double-faults by Jiri Vesely to win, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1. Qualifier Steve Johnson of the United States eliminated Mikhail Kukushkin, 6-4, 6-3.
Dodig, Roger-Vasselin reach 2nd round of Open 13
MARSEILLE, France – Fifth-seeded Ivan Dodig of Croatia and No. 6 Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France reached the second round of the Open 13 in contrasting styles yesterday.
Roger-Vasselin ground out a 3-6, 7-6 (5), 7-5 victory over big-serving Ante Pavic of Croatia, before Dodig followed up with a 7-5, 6-2 win against wild card Olivetti of France.
Pavic next plays Ukraine’s Sergiy Stakhovsky after he rallied past qualifier Daniel Evans, 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4.
Dodig will play Germany’s Tobias Kamke in the second round after he beat Britain’s Kyle Edmund, 7-5, 6-1.
Meanwhile, Nikolay Davydenko of Russia had 12 aces as he comfortably beat Dutchman Igor Sijsling, 6-4, 6-4.
Davydenko, who reached a career highest ranking of No. 3, next plays second-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the defending champion. Tsonga leads 3-2 in their career head-to-heads.
Almagro knocked out in first round in Rio Open
RIO DE JANEIRO – Fifth-seeded Nicolas Almagro made a shocking exit from the first round of the Rio Open yesterday, losing, 2-6, 6-3, 6-0, to Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine.
The Spaniard has won 12 ATP tournaments – all on clay, and six on the annual Latin American swing.
No. 4 Tommy Robredo of Spain had better luck, defeating countryman Pablo Carreno Busta, 7-6 (5), 6-3.
Eighth-seeded Pablo Andujar of Spain advanced against Julian Reister of Germany, 6-4, 6-3.
No. 6 Marcel Granollers of Spain was another upset victim, falling 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 to Joao Sousa of Portugal.
In the combined ATP-WTA event, top-seeded Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic won her first-round match, beating Colombia’s Mariana Duque-Marino, 6-4, 6-4.
Second-seeded Francesca Schiavone of Italy was ousted, losing 6-4, 6-4 to Spain’s Lourdes Dominguez Lino.
No. 7 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic went out against Germany’s Dinah Pfizenmaier, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.