Turner agrees to 6-year deal with Falcons

ATLANTA -- Michael Turner says he was won over by the Atlanta Falcons' aggressive efforts when he agreed to a six-year deal Sunday.

A four-year veteran who best known as LaDainian Tomlinson's backup in San Diego, Turner is expected to play a more important role with the Falcons. He is projected as the power complement to speed back Jerious Norwood.

Turner said a factor in his decision was new Falcons' coach Mike Smith's experience as a defensive coordinator with Jacksonville when the Jaguars had success with tailbacks Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew sharing the carries.

The addition of Turner likely signals the end of Warrick Dunn's time with the team. If the Falcons release Dunn, they will gain about $3 million in salary cap space.

Turner and a representative of his agent, James "Bus" Cook, wouldn't confirm an report that his contract with Atlanta is for $34.5 million, with approximately $15 million guaranteed.

• A year ago, Lance Briggs vowed never to play again for the Chicago Bears. Now, he's locked in for the long term, and yes, he has a hard time believing it.

Briggs signed a six-year, $36 million deal Saturday that gives him $13 million guaranteed and $21.6 million over the first three years of the contract, a $7.2 million average that equals his salary last season. That capped two years of ill will that started with Briggs' decision to turn down a $33 million offer and escalated last offseason after the Bears made him a franchise player.

• LOCAL BASKETBALL -- The Rock Hill YMCA Boys 11-12U won the 2008 State Alliance Tournament in Anderson on Saturday.

The team received a first-round bye and then defeated Newberry, 60-38 Saturday morning.

They went on to defeat Anderson, 55-31 in the championship game Saturday night.

Team players representing Rock Hill were: Benjamin Bennett, Will Chitwood, Ja'Reginald Feely, Johnathon Gladden, Mustafia Love, Montez McCullough, Heath Sumwalt, Devan Thacker, Jermaine White, Jake Youngblood, and Wade Witherspoon.

Tournament MVP was Devan Thacker, and All Tournament selection was Mustafia Love. The coaches were Diane Blackmon and Doug Sumwalt.

• COLLEGE BASKETBALL -- John Wooden had the cast on his arm cut open because of swelling, but was otherwise in good health and high spirits on his third day in the hospital, the former UCLA basketball coach's daughter said.

The 97-year-old Wooden broke two bones when he fell at his condo Thursday and underwent blood transfusions at an undisclosed hospital over the weekend.

Doctors found Wooden had a hairline fracture in his wrist and a fractured collarbone.