The Philadelphia Eagles agreed on a two-year contract with quarterback Dennis Dixon, who spent the past season with the Super Bowl-champion Baltimore Ravens on their practice squad.
The move, announced Thursday, comes three days after the Eagles restructured Michael Vick's contract, bringing him back to compete with Nick Foles for the starting quarterback job.
Dixon, 28, had a standout career at Oregon when new Eagles coach Chip Kelly was Ducks offensive coordinator. He was considered a Heisman Trophy favorite before a torn knee ligament ended his 2007 season after 10 games.
"Buy into what Chip is bringing to the table, and if that happens, the sky is the limit," Dixon said.
A fifth-round pick by Pittsburgh in 2008, Dixon (San Leandro High) has started three NFL games in five seasons.
Olympic champions Missy Franklin and Dana Vollmer won their races on opening night of the Arena Grand Prix of Orlando, Fla. Franklin, who's signed a letter of intent with Cal, easily won the 200-meter freestyle in 1 minute, 58.01 seconds. Vollmer, a former Cal star, won her signature event, the 100 butterfly, in 58.91 seconds. Becca Mann, second to Franklin in the 200 free, won the 400 individual medley in 4:41.24.
The Earthquakes have lost starting fullback Steven Beitashour for at least a month after he underwent a procedure to repair a sports hernia, the team announced. Beitashour, an MLS all-star who got invited to U.S. national team camp last month, ended last season with problems that required surgery. He had the sports hernia repaired in November but left U.S. camp early after aggravating it. The Quakes open the season March 3 against Real Salt Lake.
SaberCats' single-game tickets are on sale Friday at 10 a.m., with seats at HP Pavilion as low as $12. The home opener is March 29 against Orlando.
In memory of former football coach and athletic director Rich Swift, the flags at Newark Memorial High and the Newark Unified School District office will fly at half-staff through Friday, district superintendent Dave Marken announced. A memorial service for Swift will be held March 10 at the Newark Memorial Event Center at 2 p.m.
The district also plans to set up the annual Rich Swift Scholar-Athlete Award. Donations can be made in Swift's name at the district office or Newark Memorial. Swift, 60, died Wednesday, eight days after he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.
Staff writers Elliott Almond and Jimmy Durkin and wire services contributed to this report.