Hunter, Angels reach agreement on $90 mil deal

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Outfielder Torii Hunter and the Los Angeles Angels reached a preliminary agreement Wednesday night on a $90 million, five-year contract.

The deal is subject to Hunter passing a physical.

Hunter obviously was surprised the Angels were even interested in him. On Nov. 22, the Angels agreed to a $50 million, five-year deal with Gary Matthews Jr. to play center.

"They shocked me. I didn't think they needed a center fielder," Hunter said in a conference call.

He added with a laugh, "They shocked the world."

The 32-year-old Hunter becomes the hitter the AL West champions sought to protect Vladimir Guerrero in the batting order. Hunter hit .297 with 28 homers and 107 RBIs for the Twins this year and is a seven-time Gold Glove winner.

Although Hunter's arrival would appear to make Matthews the odd man out in an outfield with Guerrero in right and Garret Anderson in left, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said it gives him more opportunity to use Guerrero and Anderson to DH.

• TRACK AND FIELD -- The IAAF will meet to discuss Marion Jones's doping case, including whether to officially erase her Olympic and world championship results. Jones' relay teammates could also lose their medals.

Jones retired in October after admitting that she took the designer steroid "the clear" from September 2000 to July 2001. She won gold medals in the 100, 200 and 1,600-meter relay in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, as well as bronzes in the 400 relay and long jump.

Jones has returned her five Olympic medals and agreed to forfeit all results dating to Sept. 1, 2000.

But the International Association of Athletics Federation and International Olympic Committee must still change the record books and revise the medals.

• PRO TENNIS -- Roger Federer overcame Pete Sampras' stubborn resistance to beat the retired legend 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5) in their second Asian exhibition match.

The top-ranked Swiss star won their last encounter 6-4, 6-3 in South Korea on Tuesday, but the latest clash in Malaysia took nearly 90 minutes and proved a bit more difficult.

Their age difference became the decisive factor -- at 26, Federer was never in danger of losing against an opponent a decade older who retired from competitive tennis five years ago.

Nevertheless, Sampras, who has won a record 14 Grand Slams, showcased his big serves and hit ferocious forehand returns down the line -- the hallmarks of his 1990s heyday.

• PRO FOOTBALL -- Mike Singletary is staying with the 49ers for now.

Singletary pulled himself from consideration for the Baylor head coaching opening. He said he wasn't offered the job at his alma mater.

"For me, it never got to that point," said Singletary, who met with Baylor officials for five hours Tuesday.

• Mike Williams worked with the Tennessee scout team Thursday, enjoying what he hopes will be his final move to show what he can do in the NFL.

"It's a fresh start. It's moving forward. People are going to talk about, 'He's this. He's that. Been here, been there.' The past doesn't matter. I'm moving forward, and I'll just make the most of this opportunity," the receiver said.

The Titans are the third team for the former Southern California receiver since Detroit drafted him 10th overall in 2005. But the Lions traded Williams to Oakland this offseason, and the Raiders released him Oct. 30, two days after the receiver dropped a late third-down pass in a loss to Tennessee.