Raiders run out of patience, release Russell
The Oakland Raiders released former No. 1 overall pick JaMarcus Russell Thursday, ending a three-year tenure marked by his high salary and unproductive play on the field. The decision came less than two weeks after Oakland acquired Jason Campbell from Washington to take over at quarterback and signifies that owner Al Davis finally lost patience with the immensely talented but unproductive player he drafted first overall in 2007. Russell will now likely be considered one of the biggest draft busts in NFL history, joining Ryan Leaf, Ki-Jana Carter and Akili Smith. He will have been paid more than $39 million while producing only seven wins as a starter. . . . Adam "Pacman" Jones has agreed to a two-year deal with the Cincinnati Bengals, putting the troubled cornerback on a team with a history of giving players second chances. - APHORSE RACINGSchoolyard Dreams will head to Pimlico
Trainer Derek Ryan said Schoolyard Dreams will ship to Pimlico next Friday, the day before the Preakness. The colt, co-owned by Jericho resident Eric Fein, was second, a half-length ahead of Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver, March 13 in the Tampa Bay Derby. Fein and Ryan finished third with Musket Man behind Rachel Alexandra in last year's Preakness . . . The California-based gelding Caracortado also will run in the middle leg of the Triple Crown . . . An announcement about injured prerace Derby favorite Eskendereya is likely with "the next few day," according to trainer Todd Pletcher. He said owner Ahmed Zayat told him he expects to receive test results on the colt's injured left ankle Friday. TENNISJankovic routs Venus; Serena gains
Jelena Jankovic rolled to a surprisingly easy 6-0, 6-1 win over Venus Williams and prevented an all-Williams semifinal at the Italian Open. Serena Williams overcame a rough stretch in the second set to dispatch Maria Kirilenko, 6-1, 6-4. Ana Ivanovic defeated Nadia Petrova, 6-2, 7-5, and will face Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, who stopped Lucie Safarova, 7-6 (6), 6-4. - APGOLF
Van Orman wins LI PGA Championship
Bill Van Orman won the MasterCard Long Island PGA championship at Glen Head Country Club. He edged Garden City Golf Club head pro Bob Rittberger in a withering 22-hole match. Van Orman is in his first year as teaching pro at the Meadow Brook Club after 20 years in Westchester.