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The New Orleans Saints have acquired linebacker Derrick Rodgers from Miami for their seventh-round pick next year.

"Rodgers is the kind of player we have targeted for the defense since last season ended," coach Jim Haslett said Tuesday. "He can fly to the ball and close gaps."

Rodgers, 6-foot-1, 230 pounds, started 89 of 93 games at weakside linebacker for the Dolphins after being drafted in the third-round in 1997. In his career, he has posted 378 tackles (248 solo), nine sacks, four forced fumbles and three interceptions.

Rodgers' teammates awarded him the Dolphins' Leadership Award in 2000 and 2001. In 2002, he started 15 of 16 games and recorded 74 tackles and two interceptions.

Rodgers attended St. Augustine High School in New Orleans but played trumpet, not football. After graduating in 1989, he spent four years as a medical technician in the U.S. Air Force, more than two of them in Okinawa, Japan, and enrolled at Riverside (Calif.) Community College in 1994.

Elsewhere in football, Detroit Lions head coach Steve Mariucci has told Scotty Anderson to take care of personal business instead of attending the team's passing camp after the wide receiver was stabbed outside a Texas nightclub.

Anderson, 23, and his brother, Stevie, were stabbed early Monday in Houston. Scotty Anderson was treated and released with a left forearm injury, but his brother remains hospitalized in critical condition. Stevie Anderson is a former NFL receiver.

Safety Johndale Carty signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Carty, a fourth-round draft pick in 1999, spent the last four seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. He played in 61 games, making three starts at safety.

Ex-NFL rushing leader dies at age of 81

Bill Paschal, who led the NFL in rushing in 1943 and 1944 with the New York Giants, died of congestive heart failure at age 81.

Paschal died Sunday at his home in Marietta, Ga., according to the Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home.

Paschal got a tryout with the Giants on the recommendation of sportswriter Grantland Rice. He signed with New York in 1943 for $1,500.

Paschal became the first player to win back-to-back rushing championships in the NFL, gaining 572 yards in nine games his rookie year and 737 yards in 10 games his second year.

He played through the 1948 season and had 2,430 yards for his career.

Johnson's crew chief gets fined by NASCAR

Crew chief Chad Knaus was fined $2,500 by NASCAR on Tuesday for a rules violation before qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600.

Knaus, boss of Jimmie Johnson's Chevrolet, was fined for using an unapproved refrigerant near the fuel system. The team never made a qualifying attempt because the motor broke before Johnson went onto the track.

So they changed the engine and Johnson started last in Sunday's race. He went on to win it when NASCAR called it because of rain after 414 miles.

Sorenstam sends ratings of Colonial soaring

Annika Sorenstam's presence at the Colonial helped improve ratings on CBS by 4 percent over last year, even though she didn't play on the weekend.

Sorenstam's first two rounds also gave USA Network record ratings.

Sorenstam missed the cut Friday, but Sunday's overnight rating for the Colonial was 2.7. Kenny Perry won the tournament by six strokes and went into Sunday leading by eight.

Overall, the ratings were the highest for the tournament since a 4.1 in 1997, when Tiger Woods made his only appearance in the event. And the Thursday-Friday ratings on USA, featuring Sorenstam, were a record for the network's PGA Tour coverage at an average of 2.1 for two days, and 2.9 on Friday.

Tennessee teacher leaves for Colorado post

A University of Tennessee professor at the center of an NCAA investigation into academic fraud has resigned, repeating her belief the school exploits many athletes instead of educating them.

English professor Linda Bensel-Meyers sent a letter dated May 15 to John Zomchick, head of the English Department, announcing her resignation by the end of June after 17 years at Tennessee.

"It is with mixed feelings that I leave the department and the university, although, as you are somewhat aware, I have been forced to seek another position by the university's refusal to uphold the academic policies that I was charged to enforce as the Director of Composition for 14 years," Bensel-Meyers wrote in the letter obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press.

The letter said she would join the University of Denver this fall, taking a position in Renaissance studies.

Bensel-Meyers came forward in 1999 with allegations that, among other things, tutors wrote papers for athletes -- particularly football players -- and that athletes were steered toward easy classes and had low grades raised after they completed courses. The NCAA's two-year inquiry into the reports ended in 2001 and found no wrongdoing.

Zomchick, in his first year as director, said many faculty respected Bensel-Meyers and that he was sorry to see her leave.

"I think there have been some positive changes here at the university because of her commitment and her efforts to bring the education of athletes to national attention," he said.

ACC officials to visit possible new schools

The University of Miami is moving closer to a decision on joining the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The school's executive committee of the board of trustees will meet Wednesday to discuss moving from the Big East to the ACC. The university also will host the first of three ACC site visits Friday, the next step in a likely relocation that could drastically change the landscape of college athletics.

Miami's executive committee will eventually vote on whether to join the ACC, but university officials don't expect it before the site visit.

Hurricanes football coach Larry Coker said Tuesday he expects a decision "sooner rather than later."

"I don't know the timeline, but I think it will be relatively soon if it does come down," Coker said.

Teams of ACC officials including an athletic director, faculty representative and conference office official will travel to Miami on Thursday and tour the school's facilities Friday, according to a university source. They also are expected at Boston College and Syracuse early next week.

ACC presidents voted May 16 to discuss expansion with those schools, making plans to grow from nine to 12 members. No formal invitations have been offered, and site visits are required by ACC bylaws.

Miami is reviewing the financial implications of the move and negotiating details that include divisional alignment and implementation date.

Lewis is All-American; Havas is honored

Bryant College defender Michelle Lewis (Williamsville North) has become the first player in school history to earn All-America honors in women's lacrosse. The sophomore was a first-team choice on the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse team and a second-team selection on the IWLCA/US Lacrosse squad.

St. John Fisher senior Lisa Havas (Williamsville South) has been named to the College Division All-Academic All-District I first team in lacrosse. The midfielder had a 3.96 GPA in sport studies and led the Cardinals with 52 points.

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