The Raiders signed running back Kory Sheets from the Canadian Football League on Wednesday.

Sheets entered the NFL in 2009 as an undrafted free agent on the 49ers' practice squad. He played in two games for Miami in 2009 and 2010.

Sheets spent the past two seasons with Saskatchewan. He was the MVP of the 2013 Grey Cup when he ran for a record 197 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Hamilton.

  • Abe Woodson, the former 49ers cornerback and return man, died. He was 79. Woodson, who played in San Francisco from 1958-64, was named to the Pro Bowl five times with the 49ers. His trademark was kick and punt returns. He led the NFL in kickoff returns three times and was tops in punt returns once. Woodson died in Las Vegas last weekend, where he was working as a minister for the Nevada prison system, according to reports.

    Colleges

    Santa Clara extended the contract of women's soccer coach Jerry Smith for seven years, with a three-year option controlled by him. Smith, 53, who has a 410-126-52 record over 27 seasons, accepted the deal after considering an offer from Notre Dame. The Broncos finished 16-4-2 last season, losing to Virginia Tech in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.

  • Stanford named Lance Taylor as running backs coach, said coach David Shaw. Taylor spent the 2013 season on the Carolina Panthers staff. He began his coaching career in 2007 as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Alabama.

  • Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike and Cal's Brittany Boyd were named to the Naismith Trophy Women's Basketball Midseason 30 list, the Atlanta Tip-Off Club said.

    Horse racing

    Enterprising, the California Derby runner-up who'll be ridden Saturday by Gary Stevens, is the 5-to-2 morning line favorite for the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields. Eight 3-year-olds are entered in 11/8-mile Kentucky Derby prep.

    Motor sports

    Thirteen IndyCar drivers completed a one-day test session at Sonoma Raceway. Among those at the 2.38-mile road course were Team Penske's Helio Castroneves, Will Power and Juan Pablo Montoya and Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan. The Grand Prix of Sonoma is Aug. 24.

    Staff writer Matt Schwab and wire services contributed to this report.