The Raiders on Wednesday signed wide receiver Josh Cribbs, who bolsters their return game as well as their receiving corps.

"I am blessed to have the opportunity to prove myself yet again!" the free agent said via Twitter. "Fresh start. New team, new chip on my shoulder!!!! Love u Cleveland but now it's #2013RaiderNation."

Cribbs' agent, John Rickert, also confirmed the one-year deal but declined to disclose financial terms.

Cribbs, 29, spent his first eight NFL seasons with Cleveland. His eight kick returns for touchdowns are tied for the most in NFL history. He also amassed 1,914 yards and nine TDs rushing and receiving for the Browns.

  • Charles Woodson met with Denver but left town without a deal. Woodson was waived by Green Bay in February, and the Raiders and Carolina are also reportedly interested in the veteran defensive back.

  • Buffalo signed rookie linebacker Kiko Alonso to a four-year contract. The deal is worth close to $4.3 million, with $1.5 million guaranteed for the second-round draft pick. Chosen 46th overall, Alonso had 143 tackles and 3½ sacks in 36 games at Oregon. He missed his sophomore season after being suspended for alcohol-related offenses. "I put in my time, and I'm moving forward," said Alonso, who attended Los Gatos High.


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  • New England released defensive tackle Kyle Love after he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. The Patriots didn't mention the diagnosis in announcing the move. "That's OK. There are 31 other teams in the NFL," agent Richard Kopeman said.

  • A person familiar with the decision said New York Jets quarterback David Garrard plans to retire because of knee issues.

    Colleges

    Colorado quarterback Jordan Webb and former lineman Alexander Lewis were charged with second-degree assault after Boulder prosecutors alleged they knocked a man unconscious in a weekend brawl. Police say Lee Bussey received stitches but had no memory of the incident near campus. Lewis, who plans to transfer to Nebraska, estimated he had six glasses of wine, 10 beers and six shots, according to police. First-year Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre said Webb would be disciplined "according to team rules."

  • Rutgers named Julie Hermann its athletic director, and the former administrator at Louisville promised a restart for the scandal-scarred program. She replaces Tim Pernetti, who quit last month after the firing of basketball coach Mike Rice. Hermann is one of three female A.D.s at the schools that make up the 124 playing at college football's top tier.

    Horse racing

    Kentucky Derby winner Orb drew the dreaded No. 1 gate for Saturday's Preakness, meaning eight horses will be closing the even-money favorite in as they race toward the shortest path to the first turn at Pimlico (Md.). "Some people groaned. I didn't," trainer Shug McGaughey said. Mylute, in the No. 5 slot, is the second choice at 5-to-1 for the 13/16-mile race.

    Tennis

    Andy Murray retired from his second-round match with Marcel Granollers at the Italian Open in Rome and considers himself doubtful for the French Open.

    "I have an issue with my lower back," said Murray, who walked off the court after winning the second set 7-6 (5). Granollers took the first set 6-3. This French Open starts May 26. "I would be very surprised if I was playing in Paris," Murray said. Also, Maria Sharapova routed Garbine Muguruza 6-2, 6-2.

    Soccer

    Landon Donovan had a goal and two assists to lead Los Angeles (5-3-2) to a 4-1 MLS victory at Philadelphia (4-4-3).

  • Vancouver and Montreal drew 0-0 in the first leg of the Canadian Championship finals. Vancouver will play host to the second leg May 29.

    Motor sports

    NASCAR driver Mike Harmon and Sheila Rae Rice are accused of stealing a team transporter from Jennifer Jo Cobb, a Truck Series driver/owner. Salisbury, N.C., police issued warrants for the pair.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.