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Cornerback Asante Samuel goes to the Falcons

Atlanta trades a seventh-round draft pick for the four-time Pro Bowl selection after Samuel agrees to restructure his contract.

April 25, 2012|Staff and wire reports

The Atlanta Falcons gave up only a seventh-round draft pick Wednesday when they acquired four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel from the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Falcons announced the trade after Samuel agreed to restructure his contract to a three-year, $18.5-million deal. His contract with Philadelphia called for him to earn $9.9 million in 2012 and $11.4 million in 2013.

Samuel, 31, gives Atlanta a strong but high-priced trio at cornerback with Dunta Robinson and Brent Grimes under new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan.

Grimes, who signed his franchise tag tender Tuesday, will make $10.262 million this season. Robinson will earn $6 million.


Bayern Munich advances to final

Bayern Munich became the first team to advance to a Champions League final it is hosting, beating Real Madrid, 3-1, on penalty kicks at Madrid as Bastian Schweinsteiger converted the final shot after Sergio Ramos sent his over the crossbar.

Bayern, a four-time champion of European soccer's top club tournament, reached the final for the second time in three seasons and will play Chelsea at Allianz Arena on May 19. Chelsea eliminated defending champion Barcelona on Tuesday.

Following Bayern's 2-1 win in Germany last week, Real won the second leg 2-1 to force the shootout, the first in the semifinals since Liverpool defeated Chelsea in 2007.


Monterrey won the CONCACAF Champions League title despite a 2-1 loss to fellow Mexican club Santos Laguna at Torreon in the return leg of the final series. Monterrey won the first leg, 2-0, and has clinched the title 3-2 on aggregate.


Council endorses new CIF transfer rules

A divided Southern Section Council voted 41-40 to endorse a series of proposals to revise CIF transfer rules this fall, including implementation of a monthlong sit-out period instead of a one-year penalty for transferring without moving.

It means the Southern Section representatives will be instructed to vote in favor of the proposal at next week's meeting of the State Federated Council.

If approved, the new transfer provisions would take effect for the new school year. Athletes who transfer at the end of this school year and before the next school year begins without moving would be eligible for competition on the following dates: Oct. 1 for fall sports, Dec. 31 for winter sports and April 1 for spring sports. It's a one-time-only transfer provision. Those who transfer a second time without moving would be ineligible for one year.

The Southern Section Council also endorsed a proposal to create an Open Division for the state basketball playoffs.

—Eric Sondheimer


All-Star forward Candace Parker is staying with the Sparks.

The WNBA team announced that it signed Parker to a multiyear contract extension.

Parker averaged 18.5 points and 8.6 rebounds in 17 games last season before sitting out 15 games because of a right knee injury.


New York Yankees starter Michael Pineda will miss the entire season without pitching in a game because of a cartilage tear in his right shoulder.

The Yankees said the right-hander will have arthroscopic surgery Tuesday in New York and be out for about a year.


The San Francisco Giants put Aubrey Huff on the 15-day disabled list while he received treatment for an anxiety attack.

Huff left the team in New York over the weekend after struggling at the plate and in the field. The Giants originally said he had a family emergency.


The Bay Area's only stop on the ATP World Tour will soon be no more.

The 123-year-old event in San Jose, currently called the SAP Open, is moving to Memphis, Tenn., in 2014. The Memphis tournament is being sold and shifted to Rio de Janeiro.


Former Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Nate Webster was convicted of sex-related charges involving the teenage daughter of a former assistant coach for the team.

A jury in Cincinnati found Webster, 34, guilty of four counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. Jurors found him not guilty of three other charges: gross sexual imposition, sexual battery and a fifth count of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

The prosecutor's office said Webster could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison.

Webster could have faced up to 361/2 years in prison if he had been convicted on all counts.

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