Pedregon tops Funny Car qualifying in Gainesville
French Open extends equal pay to women
UNC tailback Edwards suspended from team
Browns add pair of Smiths to defensive line
Lady Bearcats' Reed garners region honor
Insell to be inducted into National High School Hall
U.S. women's soccer takes over top ranking
Titans agree to terms with receiver Gage
NASHVILLE - Tennessee took a step toward filling a gaping hole on its roster Friday by agreeing to terms with Chicago Bears receiver Justin Gage. The four-year veteran has played in 49 career games and had 16 starts with the Bears. He posted a career 64 receptions for 908 yards and four touchdowns. Gage, who was drafted in the fifth round of the 2003 NFL draft by Chicago, posted his best season in 2005 with a career-high 31 receptions for 346 yards and two touchdowns. Tennessee released Drew Bennett and Bobby Wade at the start of free agency, creating a big need at wide receiver in addition to holes at cornerback and on the defensive line.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Former Funny Car champion Cruz Pedregon raced to the top of the 16-car starting order in the ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals on Friday. Pedregon had a 4.792-second run at 295.21 mph in a Chevy Monte Carlo. Rod Fuller, two-time Pro Stock champ Jeg Coughlin and Chip Ellis also topped their divisions at historic Gainesville Raceway.
PARIS - The French Open will award equal prize money to male and female players throughout the tournament, falling in line with the three other Grand Slam tournaments. Equalizing the pay will increase the total purse to $20.34 million - a 7.2 percent increase from last year and a record at the French Open, which runs May 27-June 10.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - North Carolina tailback Barrington Edwards has been suspended indefinitely from the Tar Heel football team for violating team rules and university policies, the school said Friday. Edwards will not participate in spring practice but will remain on scholarship through the spring semester, the school said in a news release. He rushed for 330 yards in 10 games played in 2006 as the backup to Ronnie McGill.
CLEVELAND - The Browns added a pair of Smiths to their defensive line Friday. Robaire Smith signed a four-year contract with Cleveland, which also acquired Shaun Smith after the Cincinnati Bengals declined to match an four-year offer sheet for him. The defensive line was one of the Browns' biggest concerns this offseason and both Smiths fit in with the team's 3-4 defense.
Virginia High's Barry Reed was named the Region IV Coach of the Year in a vote of the region's girls basketball coaches while the Lady Bearcats' Brooke Shepherd was selected to the all-region first team. Martinsville's Genora Dalton was the Player of the Year. Virginia High's C.J. Tillie made the first unit on the all-region boys team, with Magna Vista's Jonathan Williams and Kevin Johnson taking player and coach of the year honors, respectively. Lee High's Bobby Stafford made the second team.
NASHVILLE - Rick Insell, who won a record 10 Tennessee girls state basketball titles at Shelbyville Central High School, will become the sixth person from the Volunteer State inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame in a class announced Friday. Insell will be the fourth coach from Tennessee as part of a 12-member class set to be inducted July 4 as part of the National Federation of State High School Associations. He had a record of 775-148 and an .840 winning percentage during his 28 years, starting in 1977.
ZURICH, Switzerland - The U.S. women's team took over the No. 1 spot in the FIFA rankings following its win in this week's Algarve Cup. The Americans, who won the Algarve title for the fifth time, knocked defending World Cup champion Germany into second place, according to quarterly rankings released Friday.