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Offensive tackle Smith talks to Patriots

April 14, 2009
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Alabama offensive tackle Andre Smith, who at one point was considered one of the draft's top prospects but whose stock has fallen since he showed up at the NFL combine out of shape and then left early, visited with the Patriots at Gillette Stadium yesterday, according to an NFL source. The 6-foot-4-inch, 332-pound Smith, who is projected to be picked in the first round of this month's draft, is considered high-risk, high-reward. The Patriots also are scheduled for one of their 30 predraft visits with University of South Florida linebacker Tyrone McKenzie, a projected mid-to-late-round selection who is expected to be in town tomorrow and Thursday.
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Harrison reaches a deal with Steelers
Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison reached terms on a $51.75 million, six-year contract that will make him the second highest-paid player in franchise history. The contract, set to be announced today, will pay the NFL Defensive Player of the Year a guaranteed $20 million - more than any other player in team history except quarterback Ben Roethlisberger . . . Cornerback Kevin Dockery signed a one-year free agent tender for $1.54 million with the Giants, his agent said. Dockery had 36 tackles and an interception in 13 games last season. He had until the end of the week to sign the offer . . . The Chiefs signed seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker Zach Thomas. Thomas agreed to a one-year $2 million deal, according to . . . Bruce Snyder, whose 20-year career as a college coach included an unbeaten regular season at Arizona State, died in his Phoenix home after a 10-month fight against cancer. His 1996 team went 11-0 in the regular season before a last-minute 20-17 loss to Ohio State in the Rose Bowl.

Thomas mulls Fla. International offer
Isiah Thomas is on the verge of starting his coaching career over at Florida International. The former Knicks coach is deliberating whether to take over FIU's program, a person with knowledge of the school's search told the Associated Press. The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because university officials have not authorized anyone to reveal search details, said FIU was "very hopeful" a deal could be closed with Thomas today. He would replace Sergio Rouco, who was ousted after five consecutive losing seasons. Thomas became the Knicks' president in 2003, their coach in 2006, and was fired in 2008.

Yankees' Rodriguez back on the field
Alex Rodriguez resumed baseball drills five weeks after hip surgery and hopes to return as "good as new." The Yankees third baseman hit 36 balls off a tee and took 42 swings during a soft-toss hitting session in Tampa. He also fielded 40 grounders and did light running at the team's minor league complex. The Yankees don't expect the three-time AL MVP to rejoin the team until about May 15.

Suzuki set to return to lineup tomorrow
Ichiro Suzuki rejoined the Mariners and is expected to return to the lineup tomorrow against the Angels. Suzuki was placed on the disabled list for the first time in his major league career April 3 with a bleeding ulcer . . . Braves lefthander Tom Glavine, 43, will have his sore shoulder examined after plans for his first start were called off. The Braves say they have scratched Glavine from his scheduled start Saturday . . . A judge increased bail to $2 million for Andrew Gallo, 22, the man charged in the traffic collision death of Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two others . Orange County Superior Court Judge Roger B. Robbins continued Gallo's arraignment until June 8. Gallo has been charged with three counts of murder as well as felony drunken driving and fleeing the scene of a traffic accident causing death or injury . . . Longtime Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas, 73, who punctuated innumerable home runs with his "Outta here!" call, died after being found passed out in the booth before yesterday's game at Washington.

Terriers cap dream season at No. 1
Boston University was unanimously ranked No. 1 in the season's final USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll. The Terriers beat Miami University to win the NCAA Frozen Four Saturday. Vermont finished No. 3 and Northeastern checked in at No. 11 . . . The Avalanche fired general manager Francois Giguere, saying fans and management "deserve better" than a last-place finish in the Western Conference. Team president Pierre Lacroix called Colorado's 32-45-5 season "unacceptable" and will oversee the Avalanche until a replacement is hired . . . Panthers goalie Craig Anderson has turned down an offer to play for the US in the upcoming World Hockey Championship . . . Connecticut Sun backup point guard Jamie Carey has retired from the WNBA to pursue work in coaching and marketing . . . Television ratings for the final round of the Masters were down slightly from last year, mainly because of the Easter holiday. CBS said its coverage drew a fast national rating of 8.3 and a 20 share. It earned an 8.6/18 in 2008 . . . Three-time Olympic track gold medalist Ursain Bolt admitted he tried marijuana at a "tender age," but said that he had not used it again since. He also apologized for suggesting all young Jamaicans roll joints and urged young athletes not to do drugs . . . A memorial for Andrea Mead Lawrence, the only American skier to win two gold medals in a single Olympics, will be held Sunday in Mammoth Mountain, Calif. Mead, 76, a Vermont native, died March 31. She won gold in the slalom and giant slalom at the 1952 Olympics.