Bills to get $78M for Toronto games

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April 30, 2008

The Buffalo Bills will receive $78 million -- more than double their calculated 2006 operating income -- to play eight games in Toronto over the next five years.

The payment to the Bills was disclosed for the first time in Rogers Communications' 2008 first-quarter report released yesterday. The Toronto-based company is part of a consortium that negotiated a deal with the Bills to have them play five regular-season and three preseason games, starting this year, at the downtown Rogers Centre.

More NFL -- The Eagles sued their former wide receiver Terrell Owens, now with the Cowboys, in U.S. District Court for nearly $770,000 in bonus money he has not repaid the team. ... The Chargers signed offensive tackle L.J. Shelton to a two-year deal. ... The Panthers signed free-agent defensive tackle Ian Scott. ... Ed Marion, a league official for 28 years, died Monday at his home in Paoli, Pa. He was 81.

College football -- Florida State wide receiver Preston Parker still faces a weapons charge after a petty theft charge was dropped. Parker paid $200 in court costs Monday to drop the 2006 misdemeanor of stealing a $9.99 DVD from a store in Tallahassee. He was arrested this month on a felony charge of having a loaded .45-caliber pistol in his car.

College basketball -- Ben Hansbrough, a 6-foot-3 sophomore guard and the younger brother of North Carolina star forward Tyler Hansbrough, is transferring from Mississippi State to Notre Dame. ... Sylvia Crawley became the women's coach at Boston College, signing a five-year deal. Crawley had been coaching at Ohio.

Soccer -- Gordon Bradley, who coached Pele and Johan Cruyff in the North American Soccer League, died yesterday. He was 74. ... Manchester United set up the first all-English final in the history of the Champions League, beating Barcelona, 1-0. Manchester will meet Chelsea or Liverpool in the final May 21 in Moscow.

NASCAR -- Ken Schrader will replace injured Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Dario Franchitti (broken left ankle) in Saturday night's Sprint Cup race at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway.

Track and field -- Asafa Powell, the world-record holder in the 100 meters, won't race for the next two months because of a chest injury.

Tennis -- The Wimbledon champions will each receive $1.49 million this year, an increase of 5.8 percent.

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