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FALCONS' ROBINSON ARRESTED ON SEX SOLICITATION CHARGE

Atlanta Falcons defensive back Eugene Robinson, was arrested Saturday night on a sex solicitation charge, less than 24 hours before the start of today's Super Bowl.

Robinson, 36, was arrested at 9 p.m. and charged with soliciting an undercover police officer for oral sex on Biscayne Boulevard, a busy street frequented by prostitutes and drug dealers.

"We did arrest a Falcon player this evening, Eugene Robinson, for soliciting prostitution from one of our undercover officers," police spokesman Angel Calzadilla said.

Robinson was driving a car when he offered the officer $40 for oral sex, Calzadilla said. He was alone at the time.

Robinson was released from Miami Police headquarters around 11 p.m. to a Falcons team official. He promised to return for a court appearance, which is usually scheduled within 21 to 30 days.

Robinson, who played in the last two Super Bowls with Green Bay, is the NFL's career active leader in interceptions with 53.
Today's early edition of the Miami Herald newspaper could turn out to be a collector's item -- especially for the Atlanta Falcons.

A narrow strip across the top of the Super Bowl section says, "Denver Broncos vs. Minnesota Vikings, 6:25 p.m. Tonight." The Falcons upset the heavily favored Vikings in the NFC Championship Game on Jan. 17.

"Wow!" Atlanta running back Gary Downs said when he saw the paper, being sold in the gift shop of the team hotel Saturday evening. "Hey, I guess that's what everyone wanted it to be."

Mike Haggerty, the Herald's assistant managing editor for sports, said a graphics artist began working on the special section more than two weeks ago and forgot to change the team names when the Falcons defeated Minnesota, 30-27, in overtime.

He said the early edition is for street sales only and makes up a small percentage of the Herald's normal Sunday run of 500,000 papers.

It must have been agonizing for Shannon Sharpe.

The Broncos' outspoken tight end, who never met a microphone he didn't like, somehow managed to keep a secret.

Immediately after last year's Super Bowl victory in San Diego, John Elway told Sharpe and wide receiver Ed McCaffrey in the shower that he would return for the 1998 season.

"He kept saying, 'I can't believe we won the championship. We're world champs,' " Sharpe recalled. "He must have said it about 50 times. So I said, 'Will you shut up? Let's talk about something else. Are you going to come back?'

"He looked at me and smiled and said he was going to come back, but he wanted to delay the decision so he could enjoy the offseason. And he told me if I told anybody, he wouldn't throw me any more passes."

Sharpe predicted a similar scenario would unfold after this year's Super Bowl, which is expected to be Elway's final game.

"We'll talk about it in the shower," he said. "I guarantee I will know his decision at about 9:30 (p.m.) in the locker room. But I still won't tell."

Cut and roll? Or just plain dirty?

Falcons defensive end Lester Archambeau doesn't mince words when discussing a technique used by Denver's offensive line on running plays. The cut-and-roll block is designed to eliminate the backside pursuit, particularly against defensive tackles.

A center will have the tackle engaged, and the adjoining guard will dive toward the defensive player's legs. The Broncos and several other teams also have started having the guard roll after hitting the ground.

"You can't blame a guy for trying to do a job to the best of his ability," Archambeau said. "But the bottom line is I do think some of that stuff is kind of dirty."

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