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'KIDS DAY' TO BE AGAINST PACKERS

The Buffalo Bills will hold their "Kids Day" promotion at their preseason game against the Green Bay Packers on Aug. 20.

The game could be the final appearance by Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre in Orchard Park. Tickets for the fifth annual "Kids Day" are $8 for those 14-and-under. Season ticket holders can get them for $6 with an extra-point value card.

The Bills released the dates and times for their preseason games Friday.

The schedule is:

Sat. Aug. 13, at Indianapolis, 8 p.m.

Sat. Aug. 20, Green Bay, 6 p.m.

Fri. Aug. 26, at Chicago, 8 p.m.

Fri. Sept. 2, Detroit, 7 p.m.

The Packers game will include face-painting, games for children and a collector's item gate gift for those 14-and-under. Last year's Kids Day game drew 71,549 to Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Favre has talked of retirement. Green Bay's next regular-season visit to Buffalo is in 2006.

Meanwhile, Bills fans will have the chance to ask their NFL Draft questions to team President and General Manager Tom Donahoe through a text messaging chat held by Verizon Wireless this week.

The chat will run from noon to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday and is open to subscribers of any cell phone carrier. Fans can register by visiting the Bills' Web site or by text messaging the word "OK" to the number 2001 on a Verizon Wireless phone. Everyone registered will receive the text to every question answered.

Owens zips his lips

PHILADELPHIA -- Terrell Owens finally found a topic he was tired of talking about -- his desire for a new contract.

Owens released a statement through a public relations firm Friday night saying he was done talking to the media about a possible contract extension with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Owens, who helped lead the Eagles to the Super Bowl in his first season in Philadelphia, is looking to renegotiate the seven-year deal worth almost $49 million he signed last March.

Of course, Owens blames the media for fueling the controversy over his decision to fire longtime agent David Joseph and replace him with Drew Rosenhaus, who met with Eagles president Joe Banner last week.

Owens had 14 touchdown receptions and seven 100-yard games in 2004.

Around the league

Free safety Chris Hope agreed to a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Hope became a starter last season after two seasons as a backup, finishing second on the team with 97 tackles. He also made his first career interception.

The Detroit Lions re-signed cornerback Andre Goodman to a one-year contract. Detroit drafted Goodman in the third round three years ago. He started the last four games of the 2004 season and finished the year with 23 tackles and one interception.

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