The Oakland Raiders have been talking to former Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren about a possible executive position, ESPN reported, according...

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Raiders talk to Holmgren about front-office position

The Oakland Raiders have been talking to former Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren about a possible executive position, ESPN reported, according to two sources.

Exactly what position Holmgren would hold is uncertain.

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Holmgren, vacationing in Europe, spent the last three seasons as president of the Cleveland Browns before he was forced out after an ownership change.

The ESPN report said part of his job with the Raiders would be to help find a new stadium for aging Coliseum.

Brady’s contract could double guaranteed money

Details of Tom Brady’s contract extension revealed that he will almost double his guaranteed money.

Sports Illustrated reported that Brady, 35, who has two seasons remaining on his current contract, agreed on a three-year, $27 million extension that will keep him in New England until 2017, when he will be 40. The deal will bring $15 million of salary cap relief for New England.

Before the extension, Brady was guaranteed $30 million and now is guaranteed $57 million should he sustain a career-ending injury, ESPN reported.


Hamilton goes hitless in debut

with Los Angeles Angels

Josh Hamilton wants to turn over a new leaf with his new team. The free-swinging slugger is planning to practice better plate discipline in his first spring with the Los Angeles Angels.

Hamilton then swung at the first pitch he faced in an Angels uniform, grounding out to short in Los Angeles’ 7-7, nine-inning tie with an Arizona Diamondbacks split squad.

The $125 million slugger went 0 for 3 in his Los Angeles debut.

Teammate Albert Pujols is nearly ready to start running on the field in a deliberate recovery from offseason surgery on his right knee.

Pujols is taking batting practice and running on a treadmill at spring training, and he participated in fielding drills.

Marlins owner Loria gets testy with media

A cluster of media stood outside the Miami Marlins clubhouse in Jupiter, Fla., awaiting the arrival of owner Jeffrey Loria, when outfielder Bryan Petersen walked past.

“Somebody getting married?” Petersen said.

It was more like somebody trying to salvage a relationship. Loria’s three-day public relations campaign to patch things up with angry fans brought him to spring training for an interview session that included several testy exchanges before the owner cut it short.

Loria reiterated many of his previous comments regarding the 2012 payroll purge, saying it wasn’t about money but about improving the farm system. Ten minutes into the news conference, he bristled when asked why fans should believe him.

“You’ve said that question in four different ways,” Loria said. “My response to you is we have put together some championship-caliber players. We’re going to field an excellent team in the next two or three years that you’re going to be proud of.”


Madrid beats Barcelona to reach Copa del Rey final

Cristiano Ronaldo got the better of Lionel Messi, scoring twice to lead Real Madrid to a 3-1 win at Barcelona and a spot in the Copa del Rey final.

In Liverpool, England, Everton reached the quarterfinals of the FA Cup by beating Oldham 3-1, ending the third-tier club’s memorable run with a routine victory at Goodison Park.


• A Vancouver, B.C., youth hockey coach has been sentenced to 15 days in jail for tripping a player during a postgame handshake.

Martin Tremblay swept out the leg of an opposing player while the teams were going through the typical hockey ritual of lining up to shake hands after the game. Two players, a 10-year-old and a 13-year-old, fell to the ice. The move was caught on video and worked its way around the Internet.

The 48-year-old pleaded guilty to one count of assault in November.

Richmond provincial court Judge Patrick Chen gave Tremblay jail time, saying he wasn’t satisfied that time served in the community was enough to denounce or deter the man for his actions.

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy faced off Sunday in match play, just like so many golf fans wanted to see. Only hardly anyone saw them. And it didn’t even count.

After both were eliminated in the first round of the Match Play Championship, No. 1 and No. 2 in the world played two rounds at The Medalist in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. McIlroy said Woods won the first 18 holes, and he won the second match.

• NASCAR driver Michael Annett has a fracture and dislocation of his sternum that will require surgery. Aric Almirola will replace him in the Nationwide Series this weekend at Phoenix.

Annett was injured in a wreck during the Nationwide Series race Saturday at Daytona.

Rafael Nadal beat Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 6-2, 6-2 to advance to the second round of the Mexican Open in Acapulco.

Juan Martin del Potro saved three match points to rally past Marcos Baghdatis 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (6-4) at the Dubai Championships.

• A San Diego swim coach alleged to have multiple identities and a felony conviction fired back, calling his accuser a “bully” with a checkered past.

James Pantera issued a statement one day after a complaint was filed with USA Swimming by Mike Saltzstein, a former vice president with the governing body.

The statement said Saltzstein is “attempting to smear the name of a well respected and liked swim coach and official” who has passed numerous background checks.

• The Big Ten has approved the request from Nebraska and Iowa to move their 2013 football game to the day after Thanksgiving in Lincoln, Neb.

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