Haynesworth goes to 'Skins for $100M
After signing a contract with an NFL-record $41 million in guaranteed money, Albert Haynesworth made a guarantee of his own. "You're not going to remember Albert Haynesworth as a bust," he said. The All-Pro defensive tackle has to live up to the seven-year, $100 million contract he signed yesterday with the Washington Redskins within hours of the midnight start of free agency. The Redskins also re-signed cornerback DeAngelo Hall to a six-year, $54 million deal that includes $22.5 million guaranteed. Haynesworth's guaranteed payout tops the $37 million the Atlanta Falcons gave quarterback Michael Vick in 2004. Haynesworth played with the Tennessee Titans his first seven seasons.
Titans: : Quarterback Kerry Collins, 36, agreed to a two-year, $15 million contract after leading Tennessee to an NFL-best 13-3 record in 2008.
Et cetera: : Judge Frank Santoro, presiding over Vick's bankruptcy case in Virginia, insisted that the suspended NFL star testify at a hearing in April, even if his attorneys have to get a court order to bring him from a federal prison in Kansas. ... The Vikings acquired quarterback Sage Rosenfels from the Texans for a fourth-round draft pick and signed him to a two-year, $9 million contract. Minnesota released quarterback Gus Frerotte. ... Running back Fred Taylor signed with the Patriots after spending 11 seasons with the Jaguars. ... The Kansas City Star reported that the Chiefs acquired linebacker Mike Vrabel, though the compensation due the Patriots was unclear. ... The Broncos signed Correll Buckhalter to a four-year deal and were putting the finishes touches on a four-year contract for J.J. Arrington, said J.R. Rickert, the agent for both running backs. ... Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who started 12 games for the Bengals last season, signed with the Bills to back up Trent Edwards. ... Left guard Chris Kemoeatu turned down an offer from the Jets and re-signed with the Steelers for $20 million over five seasons with a signing bonus of nearly $4 million.
Start of Bonds' trial faces postponement
Federal prosecutors will appeal a judge's decision to exclude evidence of three positive drug tests from Barry Bonds' perjury trial, likely delaying its start for several months. Prosecutors notified the judge of their intention to appeal a couple of hours after Bonds' personal trainer, Greg Anderson, said at a morning court hearing in San Francisco that he would not testify at the slugger's trial. U.S. District Judge Susan Illston had barred prosecutors from showing the drug tests to the jury unless Anderson took the witness stand to authenticate them. The trial was scheduled to begin Monday with potential jurors filling out lengthy questionnaires.
Yankees:: Third baseman Alex Rodriguez is scheduled to meet with Major League Baseball officials tomorrow in the Tampa, Fla., area to discuss his admission that he used performance-enhancing drugs from 2001 to 2003 while with the Rangers, the Associated Press reported.
Et cetera:: After Johan Santana missed a scheduled "B" game appearance against Italy's national team in Port St. Lucie, Fla., because of a sore left elbow, the Mets said their ace also would not take his turn Tuesday against the Cardinals. ... The Phillies released right-hander Adam Eaton, who is owed $9 million. ... Astros shortstop Miguel Tejada, a former Oriole, changed his mind and will play for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic.
Former New York Knicks guard Stephon Marbury got a much-needed fresh start, and the Boston Celtics signed the backup point guard they wanted. Hours after Marbury cleared waivers after his messy divorce from the Knicks, he scored eight points - six in a key fourth-quarter run - to help the host Celtics (47-13) win, 104-99, over the Indiana Pacers (25-36). Marbury, 32, hadn't played a regular-season game in more than a year while fighting with Knicks management. He was waived Tuesday after he agreed to a settlement. The Celtics are expected to pay Marbury a share of the veteran's $1.3 million minimum.
More NBA: : With President Barack Obama at courtside, the last-place Wizards (14-44) embarrassed his hometown team in a 113-90 win over the visiting Bulls (26-33). Antawn Jamison had 27 points and 11 rebounds. ... Shaquille O'Neal scored 45 points in his biggest offensive performance in six years, powering the host Suns (33-25) to a 133-113 victory over the Raptors (23-37). ... Johnny "Red" Kerr, a former Bulls coach and longtime team broadcaster, died Thursday. He was 76.
NASCAR:: The Busch brothers claimed the front row at their hometown Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but an engine change will prevent Kyle and Kurt Busch from starting next to each other for tomorrow's Sprint Cup Shelby 427. Kyle Busch blew his motor during yesterday's practice session, forcing him to change it before qualifying. The new engine helped him post a pole-winning lap of 185.995 mph. That was better than older brother Kurt's lap of 185.707. But Kyle Busch will have to drop to the back of the field at the start of the race, and third-place qualifier Jimmie Johnson will slide into the front row.
Golf: : Rory McIlroy did his part to put some excitement back into the Accenture Match Play Championship in Marana, Ariz., advancing to the quarterfinals by crushing the player who knocked out Tiger Woods. McIlroy, 19, from Northern Ireland, beat Tim Clark of South Africa, 4 and 3.
Colleges: : Star basketball forward Blake Griffin (concussion) was cleared to return for No. 3 Oklahoma against Texas Tech today. ... Cornell sophomore Mack Lewnes (Mount St. Joseph), 31-0 this season at 165 pounds, was named the Ivy League's Wrestler of the Year.
Soccer: : Because of likely inclement weather tomorrow, the Maryland men's exhibition match against D.C. United was postponed until 6 p.m. Tuesday at Ludwig Field.