NEWS & NOTES
Redskins Agree to Contract Terms With Yoder, Wade
The Washington Redskins announced the re-signing of reserve tight end Todd Yoder yesterday, and also agreed to terms with offensive lineman Todd Wade.
Yoder agreed to terms on a three-year deal early this week, according to his agent, that is believed to be worth around the veteran minimum. Wade, a backup tackle last season who could be switched to the starting left guard, agreed to terms on a two-year deal, according to his agent, Ken Kremer. The deal is worth $6 million over two years with $4.25 million guaranteed, according to sources.
The Redskins could announce Wade's re-signing as early as today. Offensive line and tight end were two of the final positions they were seeking to address via free agency, and the team is turning attention to next month's draft, where improving the defensive line will be imperative. . . .
Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson was sentenced to four months in jail for violating probation in a 2005 gun case. Johnson could have been sentenced to up to a year behind bars.
Johnson, who pleaded guilty to violating his probation, also must pay a $2,500 fine.
Johnson was arrested on misdemeanor weapons charges Dec. 14 after police raided his home in Gurnee, Ill., about 40 miles northwest of Chicago, and found six unregistered firearms.
· STEROIDS: Evander Holyfield is unsure how or why his name surfaced in an investigation of illicit sales of steroids and human growth hormone.
"I ain't got nothing to defend," the four-time heavyweight champion told the Associated Press. "Ain't nobody said I did nothing. It's a nonissue."
The Times Union of Albany, N.Y., has reported that Holyfield was on a customer list at Applied Pharmacy Services in Mobile, Ala., one of the pharmacies raided in the investigation.
· HIGH SCHOOLS: Fairfax girls' basketball coach Brad St. Germain has resigned after two seasons, the school announced. Fairfax won five games during his tenure and still is looking for its first Virginia AAA Concorde District victory since joining the league two years ago.
-- From News Services and Staff Reports