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Proposed Rams move still on NFL agenda

As talks continue in an effort to avoid lawsuits, NFL owners will meet again next month to discuss the Los Angeles Rams' proposed move to St. Louis.

League spokesman Greg Aiello said the meeting would be held April 12 in Dallas.

The decision followed two days of talks in Southern California this week between Rams president John Shaw and NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue. Aiello said not much was resolved in the California discussions but the two sides would continue to negotiate.

Earlier this month in Phoenix, the NFL owners voted down the Rams' proposed relocation to St. Louis largely over financial concerns.

But this week, Shaw and Tagliabue agreed to extend the litigation deadline agreement to April 17 from March 31. The agreement gives the Rams the right to file a lawsuit first, as long as they do so by April 17.

Shaw said he and Tagliabue had reached "some understanding" on the sharing of the $74 million in personal seat license money in St. Louis, but said there was no resolution on other financial issues.

Mike Croel, a linebacker who played for Dan Reeves in Denver, rejoined his coach when he agreed to a one-year deal with the New York Giants believed to be worth $850,000. Croel, 25, turned down potential offers from the Rams, Los Angeles Raiders, Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers to play for the coaches with whom he had his greatest success -- Reeves and defensive coordinator Mike Nolan.

Free-agent linebacker Carlos Jenkins, who spent the last four years with the Minnesota Vikings, signed a multi-year contract with the Rams. Jenkins, a third-round draft choice of the Vikings in 1991 after playing at Michigan State, has played in 48 games and started 44 over the past three seasons.

The Indianapolis Colts waived veteran wide receiver Mark Jackson. The 31-year-old Purdue graduate signed with Indianapolis last September, seeing action in 12 games. He caught eight passes for 97 yards and one touchdown.

Tyson will remain in Don's King-dom

Mike Tyson needed 61 seconds -- about as fast he knocks out some opponents -- to reaffirm that promoter Don King will lead his quest to regain the heavyweight title.

"Don is the greatest promoter in the world, as we know," Tyson said in his first public comments since being released from prison on Saturday.

With those words, Tyson ended speculation of a rift with King, who was not present. He did not take any questions after reading a brief statement in Cleveland's Gund Arena.

Tyson also said close friends John Horne and Rory Holloway would co-manage him, his fights would be televised by the Showtime cable network and his bouts would be at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

"I want to associate myself with the biggest and the best," Tyson said.

Tyson didn't mention a fight timetable, but the chairman of the MGM Grand expects him to fight "within six months."

Tyson, 28, began his statement to hundreds of reporters in Cleveland's Gund Arena by discussing how he spent his three years in prison on a rape conviction.

Maine ousts Michigan in marathon hockey playoff

The second longest game in NCAA Division I hockey history ended with a quick give-and-go goal that sent Maine back to the championship game and Michigan back home.

Dan Shermerhorn won a faceoff and darted unguarded to the net. He took a crisp return pass from Reg Cardinal, beat goalie Marty Turco from close range and gave Maine a 4-3 win 28 seconds into triple overtime in Providence, R.I.

Shermerhorn then skated to center ice where he was mobbed by teammates.

Maine (31-5-6) plays the title game Saturday against Boston University.

The Terriers, humiliated in last year's NCAA title game, earned another chance at their first championship in 17 years by beating Minnesota, 7-3.

The win set up the first all-New England final since the Terriers won in 1978 over Boston College, also in Providence.

Author sues Vincent over canceled biography

The co-author of Fay Vincent's canceled autobiography is suing the former commissioner for $600,000.

In papers filed in U.S. District Court on March 20, David Kaplan accused Vincent of breach of contract and fraud. Kaplan, a legal affairs editor and senior writer for Newsweek, asked for $300,000 in compensatory damages and $300,000 in punitive damages. He also asked for a declaration stating he had the right to use material gathered for the book, "Baseball Breaks Your Heart."

Vincent and Kaplan signed last April to jointly write the book for Little Brown & Company for a $300,000 advance, half paid when the deal was signed and half due when the manuscript was submitted. Vincent received $90,000 of the first payment and Kaplan got $60,000.

Last November, Vincent decided against writing the book and returned $150,000 to Little Brown.

In the 14-page complaint, Kaplan asserted he has the right to publish a book or magazine article based on the 45 hours of taped interviews he conducted and his other meetings with Vincent. Kaplan said he had encountered difficultly in pitching the project because of a legal "cloud caused by Vincent disputing Kaplan's legal right to use the material."

TRANSACTIONS
BASEBALL
American League
CLEVELAND--Added OF Carmelo Martinez to the roster. Released P Jim Chrisman and P Dennis Wiseman.

TORONTO--Acquired SS Edgar Diaz from Cleveland for future considerations.
National League
NEW YORK METS--Released OF Stanley Jefferson.
BASKETBALL
National Basketball Association
MIAMI--Placed G Bimbo Coles on the injured list.
FOOTBALL
National Football League
DENVER--Signed RB Ostell Miles and OL David Diaz-Infante.

INDIANAPOLIS--Waived WR Mark Jackson.

KANSAS CITY--Signed QB Rich Gannon to a two-year contract.

NY GIANTS--Signed LB Mike Croel to a one-year contract.

PHILADELPHIA--Announced the resignation of Harry Gamble, president, to become coordinator of football operations and club relations for the NFL.

RAMS--Signed LB Carlos Jenkins to a multiyear contract, and TE Steve Brooks.

SAN FRANCISCO--Signed DE Troy Wilson to a one-year contract.

SEATTLE--Signed MLB Tyrone Stowe to a two-year contract.

HOCKEY
National Hockey League
EDMONTON--Reassigned D Brent Pope from Wheeling of the East Coast League to Cape Breton of the AHL.

N.Y. ISLANDERS--Sent LW David Chyzowski to Kalamazoo of the International League.

SAN JOSE--Signed D Jim Kyte. Assigned LW Victor Kozlov and D Vlastimil Kroupa to Kansas City of the International League.

WASHINGTON--Sent G Olaf Kolzig to PEI of the AHL. Recalled G Byron Dafoe and D Ken Klee from PEI.

COLLEGE
CORNELL--Named Bill Lazor assistant football coach.

ON AIR
Television
BASEBALL: Preseason -- Pittsburgh Pirates at Minnesota Twins, 7 p.m., Empire; Detroit Tigers at Atlanta Braves, 7:05 p.m., WTBS.

BOXING: Kevin Kelly vs. Ricardo Rivera, Featherweights, 8:30 p.m., ESPN.

GOLF: Senior PGA, The Tradition, second round, 3 p.m., ESPN.

NBA: Dallas Mavericks at New York Knicks, 7:30 p.m., MSG; Orlando Magic at Utah Jazz, 8 p.m., TNT.

TENNIS: Family Circle Cup quarterfinals, 11 a.m., ESPN; Davis Cup first-round singles, United States vs. Italy, 1 p.m., ESPN.
Radio
NPSL: Cleveland Crunch at Buffalo Blizzard, 7:30 p.m., 1400.

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