Pro Football

The Detroit Lions have signed former Chicago Bears defensive back R.W. McQuarters to a one-year contract. The Bears released McQuarters, 28, on May 23. The Lions announced the signing yesterday but withheld other terms of the deal, reached earlier this month.

In five seasons in Chicago, McQuarters had 295 tackles and nine interceptions. He switched from cornerback to safety last season and returned punts.

The Bears acquired McQuarters in a 2000 trade with the San Francisco 49ers, who took him in the first round of the 1998 draft. He played his first two seasons under current Lions coach Steve Mariucci.


The St. Louis Blues re-signed Coach Mike Kitchen through the 2005-06 season.

Kitchen took over after Joel Quenneville was fired with 21 games remaining in the 2003-04 season. The 10-7-4 finish was good enough to earn a playoff spot in the season's final week.

Terms of the deal were not released. "Kitch took over at a tough time last year and did a great job for us -- got us into the playoffs," GM Larry Pleau said. "I think he's going to be an excellent coach."

Pro Basketball

GM Rick Sund signed a three-year contract extension with the SuperSonics, and he hopes Coach Nate McMillan and Seattle's key free agents follow his lead.

Sund helped build a team that surprised the NBA last season by winning 52 games and the Northwest Division. The Sonics beat Sacramento in the first round, their first playoff series victory since 1998. Seattle lost in the conference semifinals to San Antonio in six games.

Sund's contract was to expire on June 30. Financial terms were not released.