Dolphins sign WR Ogden to one-year contract
Updated: Friday April 20, 2001 11:21 PM
Financial terms were not disclosed.
Ogden played in all 16 games for Miami last season after being acquired in an August trade with the Dallas Cowboys. He caught two passes for 24 yards and returned 19 punts for a club record 17.0-yard average.
The 26-year-old Ogden returned one punt 81 yards for a score on October 29 against Green Bay. In a divisional playoff game at Oakland on January 6, he returned three punts for 66 yards.
Broncos add another cornerback
Lewis, who has played 10 NFL seasons, made 30 tackles and had one interception for the San Diego Chargers last year. The Chargers went 1-15 in 2000 and released Lewis last month.
His contract with Denver has a $500,000 base salary. Performance-based incentives could add $1 million.
The Broncos signed cornerback Denard Walker earlier this year. Free agents Terrell Buckley and Ray Crockett were not re-signed after Denver finished last in the league in pass defense, allowing 246.6 yards per game.
Lewis led the Houston Oilers in interceptions from 1994 to 1998 and returned five of his 32 career interceptions for touchdowns. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 1995.
Lewis, 32, joins Walker, Deltha O'Neal, Darryl Pounds and Jimmy Spencer as Denver's top cornerbacks.
Rams trade TE Williams to Raiders for fourth-round pick
A fourth-round draft pick in 1998 out of Syracuse, the 6-5, 269-pound Williams was a starter for most of his three seasons in St. Louis. Last year, he started 11 games, recording 11 catches for 102 yards and three touchdowns.
The Rams acquired the 28th pick in the fourth round from the Raiders. They have three choices in the fourth round and 12 overall for Saturday's draft.
Steelers sign free-agent linebacker
Terms of Friday night's signing were not released. Jones, an unrestricted free agent, replaces Levon Kirkland, who was waived before signing with Seattle.
Jones has 665 tackles in 10 years with the Rams and Raiders and stopped Tennessee wide receiver Kevin Dyson short of the goal line on the last play of the Rams' 23-16 win in the 2000 Super Bowl.
Jones has eight career sacks.
Bates assigned different coaching responsibilities
DALLAS (AP) -- The Dallas Cowboys have changed the responsibilities of secondary coach Bill Bates.
Head coach Dave Campo said Thursday that Bates, the club's secondary coach in 2000, will handle the Cowboys' nickel defense responsibilities and assist special teams coach Joe Avezzano.
Clancy Pendergast, an assistant with the Cowboys the past five years, will coach the secondary. Campo and owner Jerry Jones said the move was not a demotion.
Campo said the Cowboys made the move because Avezzano is going to coach the tight ends in addition to his duties with special teams.
Bates, said Campo, seemed the ideal choice to help on special teams because of his 15 years of NFL experience.
"I want to make sure that everyone understands this is not a demotion," Campo said in Friday's editions of The Dallas Morning News. "This gives us a chance to use our coaching staff better."
Jaguars sign two XFL players on defense
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The Jacksonville Jaguars signed safety Kerry Cooks and linebacker Joseph Tuipala Friday.
Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
Ex-NFL wide receiver pleads guilty to carrying fake cash
MIAMI (AP) -- Former Miami Dolphin Mark Ingram asked a bank teller to swap $11,000 in counterfeit cash for the real thing or traveler's checks, but she refused, a prosecutor charged Friday as the retired wide receiver pleaded guilty.
Ingram and the teller talked by phone two days before he was arrested in a stolen car last January, prosecutor Ben Greenberg said as he described evidence against Ingram.
Ingram was a first-round draft pick by the New York Giants in 1987, won a Super Bowl ring with them in 1991 and played on three other NFL teams. In court, the soft-spoken Ingram wore jail-issue khakis and leg shackles.
Rather than stand trial, he pleaded guilty to one count of possessing $3,290 in fake $10s, $20s, $50s and $100s that he was carrying when he was taken into custody. A companion said Ingram told him that he had traveled from New York with $11,000 in counterfeit bills, but investigators never found any more.
The charge carries a maximum 15-year sentence, but defense attorney Abe Bailey said Ingram will face less than at year under federal guidelines at sentencing June 29.
Ingram, who has been running a sportswear company in the Bahamas since retiring from the NFL after nine seasons, already faces a year in the Broward County jail for violating probation in a theft case by getting arrested five days later in the Miami case.
Bailey hopes the sentences will run concurrently, allowing Ingram to go free in less than a year.
"It's pointless in not pleading to this," Bailey said of the counterfeit charge. "He did have the money in his pocket."
Foxboro stadium project unearthing long-buried river
FOXBORO, Mass. (AP) -- A river that's been buried under the New England Patriots stadium for years is being unearthed as the new stadium is built, meaning the $350 million CMGI Field will have a riverfront view.
The Neponset River has run under the Foxboro Stadium grounds for 50 years, mostly in culverts. But the river is being "daylighted" and rechanneled into a 65-foot wide, 3,000-foot long corridor by engineers.
The $1.5 million river restoration should be finished within a year, according to Tim McManus, the Patriots project manager for the CMGI Field.
The new corridor will have an acre of open water, four acres of wetland, and three acres of upland. The river will pause at four pools.
Exposing the river to air is expected to improve the water quality, and the parklike corridor will provide a wildlife habitat.
"We've already got frogs and turtles, and this restoration could even encourage herring, muskrats and blue heron," Jonathan Kraft, the Patriots vice chairman, told The Boston Globe.
The Neponset's headwaters are in woods behind the old stadium. It flows 28 miles to Boston Harbor.
Much of river was buried in culverts in the late 1940s when the Foxboro Raceway, a harness track, was built, though some of the river remained exposed in the racetrack infield. The race track was demolished last year.
The visible portion of the Neponset has been choked by weeds and trash.
Kraft said the restoration, combined with plans to use recycled water for plumbing, field maintenance and cleaning, is part of plan to make the new stadium environmentally friendly.
Packers release final numbers on season-ticket user fees
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- About 95 percent of Packers season-ticket holders chose to pay a steep user fee to renew their tickets and help finance the $295 million Lambeau Field renovation.
Around 6,920 season tickets were returned and will be distributed to some of the 56,000 people on the Packers' waiting list, said Mark Wagner, the team's ticket director. He said he expected around 1,700 people to come off the waiting list, based on an average of four requests per person.
It's the largest number to come off the 1960s-era waiting list in years. In recent years, only about five names a season have moved off of it because so few season tickets are surrendered each year.
The Packers required all season ticket-holders of the Green Bay package of seven games to pay a one-time fee of $1,400 per ticket for the right to keep them. Holders of the Milwaukee package of tickets for three games had to pay $600 per ticket.
The Milwaukee package is for fans who had season tickets for several games formerly held each year at the old Milwaukee County Stadium.
All Packers games since 1960 have been sold out on a season-ticket basis, meaning no tickets are ever available through ticket windows on game days.
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