The New York Giants and Mark Bavaro have agreed on a financial settlement that ends the hard feelings between the club and the tight end, who was waived because of knee injuries.
Bavaro, a one-time All-Pro who was the Giants' second leading receiver last year despite playing in extreme pain, was waived July 15. He initially was offered only the $65,000 injury protection policy mandated by the league after he turned down a $110,000 offer to remain on the team's physically unable to perform list.
Bavaro reportedly wanted about $375,000 -- half his anticipated 1991 salary.
Neither Bavaro's agent, David Fishof, nor Giants owner Wellington Mara would disclose details of the settlement. But both sides said they were happy with it.
"I want to make it clear that throughout this whole ordeal, the money itself has never been the main issue," Bavaro said in a statement issued through Fishof.
* DOLPHINS: Miami and the Los Angeles Raiders took on sumo wrestlers, eager Japanese college hopefuls and sweltering heat in Tokyo yesterday in preparation for their exhibition game.
The East's meeting with the West began yesterday morning when Dolphins and Raiders quarterbacks Dan Marino and Jay Schroeder and Raiders offensive guard Todd Peat hammed it up for photographers with former sumo grand champion Onokuni.
During the short photo session, Marino gave Onokuni -- who weighs 414 pounds -- pointers on how to throw the ball, while Peat, who says he is 100 pounds lighter than Onokuni, showed another wrestler how to get down into a three-point stance.
Then, after enduring midday practice in 95-degree heat, both teams held a clinic for hundreds of players from colleges in the Tokyo area.
The two teams will play tomorrow -- tonight in the United States -- in the Japanese version of the American Bowl.
* COWBOYS: The hole in the Texas Stadium roof may be closing soon, if Irving, Texas, voters approve alcohol sales at the facility.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Irving Mayor Roy Brown say they intend to begin talks this month about building a dome on Texas Stadium. Brown said Irving's participation depends on whether city residents vote Aug. 10 to rescind the ban on beer and wine sales at the stadium.
"You can't go to the expense to dome the stadium if you can't get events to fill it. Events always require that vendors be able to sell beer," said Brown.
* STEELERS: Terry Long, recovering from a suicide attempt, remains on the 80-man roster but hasn't decided when -- or if -- he will return to training camp, coach Chuck Noll said.
"I've talked to him," Noll said. "I asked him what his plans were and he said he doesn't really know right now."
Long checked out of Pittsburgh's Allegheny General Hospital on Wednesday, a week after twice attempting to kill himself. Long's pending suspension by the NFL for testing positive for steroids prompted the attempt, according to police reports. That, and stories suggesting that Carlton Haselrig might beat him out for his starting job.
"Terry kept reading all over the place other people's opinions," Noll said. "What you have to do is have the resolve to go out and earn the spot. Competition shouldn't put you in the tank. Competition should be a spur. If it's not, you have a problem."
Long has hired an attorney, George Saunders, to handle the appeal of his steroids test to NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue. He is eligible to practice while his case is under appeal, but hasn't told the Steelers when he will return to camp.
* PACKERS: Rookie running back Chuck Webb, who underwent major reconstructive surgery on his right knee last September, faces another operation to repair torn cartilage in the same knee.
* BENGALS: All-Pro strong safety David Fulcher was wheeled from the field after sustaining a hip pointer in Cincinnati's preseason game against Detroit last night.
Fulcher, an All-Pro for Cincinnati the past three seasons, was injured on the last play of the first quarter in a pileup and missed the rest of the game.