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Eagles release Walker after two big seasons

Herschel Walker, the Philadelphia Eagles' do-everything workhorse and most popular player, got his wish when he was released outright.

Walker, 33, became expendable after last weekend's signing of San Francisco's Ricky Watters to a three-year, $6.9 million contract.

Walker told Eagles president Harry Gamble last week that he would rather be released than accept a proposed pay cut.

"That's what I wanted," Walker said. "I got my release. Now I can go talk to a couple of teams, 'cause I'm not ready to give it up yet."

Walker, 33, was the Eagles' offensive MVP the last two seasons. He led the Eagles in rushing (528 yards) last season and was third in receptions (50 for 500 yards).

"It's like I took a bath with the wrong soap and I smell," Walker said. "Now they don't want to be bothered with me."

Also, cornerback Eric Allen became a Saint when the Eagles declined to match New Orleans' five-year, $14 million contract offer.

Hebert signs extension to stay with Falcons

Quarterback Bobby Hebert agreed to a one-year contract extension with the Atlanta Falcons and will return next fall as a backup to Jeff George.

It will be Hebert's third season as a Falcon. He made the Pro Bowl in 1993 and served as backup to George last season.

Also in the NFL, backup quarterback Brad Johnson, preparing to play in the World League, was re-signed by the Minnesota Vikings.

In Washington, the Redskins re-signed running back and kick return specialist Brian Mitchell to a new contract.

Mitchell agreed to a three-year deal worth $4.2 million, which includes a $1.5 million signing bonus.

In Cincinnati, running back Eric Bieniemy, who spent four seasons with the San Diego Chargers, has agreed to a two-year, $1 million deal with the Bengals.

The Bengals gave Bieniemy a $220,000 incentive package and a $100,000 signing bonus.

And the Los Angeles Raiders, who have been looking for a fullback since January, signed free agent Derrick Fenner, formerly of the Bengals and Seattle Seahawks.

Rams, FANS Inc. agree to an extension on contract

The Rams and FANS Inc. of St. Louis have renegotiated their relocation agreement, extending the deadline for both sides to walk away without obligation until Thursday.

FANS Inc. requested the extension after NFL owners voted down the Rams' proposed move to St. Louis on March 15. FANS Inc. officials wanted three more days to evaluate options, including a joint lawsuit against the league along with the Rams and possibly the Missouri attorney general.

If FANS Inc. sticks to the agreement, it must pay the Rams $13 million for legal fees and expenses related to the move. It would also be liable for the $27 million in bond payments owed to Anaheim Stadium for the termination of the Rams lease. FANS Inc. officials have not said how those obligations would be paid.

Rams president John Shaw has said he will file a lawsuit against the league, seeking more than $2 billion in damages, by Friday. But the suit probably will be filed sooner, given the FANS Inc. deadline.

Grosjean wins third title in slalom at U.S. Alpine

Matt Grosjean won his third slalom title at the U.S. Alpine Championships at Park City, Utah, with a sizzling second run that knocked nearly three seconds off his first effort.

Kristina Koznick of Burnsville, Minn., won the women's slalom with a combined time of 1 minute, 39.36 seconds at the conclusion of the five-day national championships.

Paul Casey Puckett was second.

Jennifer Collins of Allegany was 14th with a combined time of 1:48.43.

Zaffino leads competition in SplitFire qualifier

Jeff Zaffino led the Professional Bowlers Association's qualifying competition for the $180,000 SplitFire Spark Plug Open in Erie, Pa.

Zaffino of Warren, Pa., knocked down 2,369 pins in his 10 games and led the qualifier by seven pins.

Second-place in the qualifier went to Tony Rosamilia of Ledgewood, N.J. Local pro Tom Hickey of nearby North East, Pa., was third with a pinfall of 2,323.

Locally, Brian Eaton of Buffalo was the 36th to qualify. The top 49 in the field of 59 advance to Wednesday qualifying portion of the tournament.

Mighty Mary keeping pressure on Conner

As if Dennis Conner didn't have enough to worry about, Mighty Mary kept up the pressure in the America's Cup semifinals.

Sailed by America3's previously all-women's team, Mighty Mary rallied twice on the final three legs to beat Young America and tie Conner's Stars & Stripes for second place.

While Mighty Mary benefited from Young America's broken spinnaker pole to take a 38-second win, Conner's crew was racing to replace Stars & Stripes' damaged keel in time for today's scheduled race against Mighty Mary.

The keel damage caused Stars & Stripes to take on water and drop out of Sunday's race with Young America.

Also, John Bertrand's oneAustralia forced winless Nippon over the starting line early to get an immediate lead, and kept it the whole race to win by 1:10. With its third straight win, oneAustralia took a 4-3 lead over NZL-39 in the battle for the second berth in the finals.

NZL-39 and oneAustralia meet today.

Lockport's Kinyon rolls third 300 game in '95

Lockport's Gary Kinyon rolled his third 300 game this year to complete a 763 set Monday night in the Mixed Doubles league at Mil-Sher Lanes. It was the eighth career perfect game for the 30-year-old right-hander, who carries a 218 average.
TRANSACTIONS
BASEBALL
American League
CLEVELAND--Released C Greg Toler and OF Mickey Pina. Sent Ps Rob Augustine and Charles York, C Todd Johnson and OFs Ben Castillo, Frank Valdez and Derek Hacopian to the minor-league camp for reassignment.

National League
LOS ANGELES--Signed OF Keith Mitchell to a minor-league contract.

BASKETBALL
National Basketball Association
GOLDEN STATE--Signed G Tim Legler for the remainder of the season.

PHILADELPHIA--Signed G Alphonso Ford to a 10-day contract.
FOOTBALL
National Football League
BUFFALO--Signed Adam Lingner, long snapper.

CAROLINA--Signed QB Frank Reich.

DENVER--Signed G Mark Schlereth.

PHILADELPHIA--Announced they will not match the New Orleans Saints' offer sheet for CB Eric Allen.
HOCKEY
National Hockey League
NEW YORK--Recalled D Jason Widmer from Worcester of the AHL.

QUEBEC--Recalled D Jon Klemm and Aaron Miller from Cornwall of the AHL.
COLLEGE
ALFRED--Announced the resignation of assistant football coach Dennis Greene so he can take a similar position at the University at Buffalo.
ON AIR
Television
BOXING: Larry Donald vs. Dave Dixon, heavyweights, 9 p.m., USA.

NBA: Chicago Bulls at New York Knicks, 8 p.m., TNT, MSG.

NHL: Quebec Nordiques at Buffalo Sabres, 7:30 p.m., Ch. 29, Empire; Philadelphia Flyers at Boston Bruins, 7:30 p.m., ESPN.
Radio
NHL: Quebec Nordiques at Buffalo Sabres, 7:30 p.m., 550 (joined in progress at 8 p.m., 1330).

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