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By Cathy Harasta and Cathy Harasta,Dallas Morning News | September 18, 1992
DALLAS -- NFL owners probably missed the boat when it came to the World League. Here was a way to colonize foreign shores. But they seemed compelled to view the World League as a poor relation instead of a potentially rewarding export.The Barcelona Dragons may, or may not, breathe again as a member of the World League. NFL owners, who also have custody of the World League, approved a one-year suspension of the 10-team global football experiment at a meeting yesterday. The World League is scheduled to resume in 1994, after restructuring.
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By Glenn P. Graham and Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF | November 16, 2000
Among the priorities National Professional Soccer League's new commissioner Steve Ryan has put up front are growth and expansion of the league. One option being considered is merging with the World Indoor Soccer League, but how likely is that to happen and when? Last Thursday, Ryan said no decision has been made about further merger talks with the 2-year-old WISL, which has seven franchises mainly in the U.S. West and Southwest and one in Mexico. This announcement came two days after the WISL issued a release stating it had informed the NPSL that it would not be possible to bring the two leagues together for the 2001 season but that talks were continuing.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,Staff Writer | September 18, 1992
GRAPEVINE, Texas -- The NFL owners put more than 400 World League football players out of work yesterday and started talking about how much free agency it has to give the 1,600 NFL players.The football jobs evaporated when the NFL owners voted to suspend the World League for one season.Although commissioner Paul Tagliabue said it was only a one-year pause to "get a sharper focus on Europe," there's no guarantee the league will survive.If the league does return in a year, most of the teams will apparently be in Europe.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF | September 13, 1999
ST. LOUIS -- Dick Vermeil is an emotional guy, so it wasn't surprising that his voice cracked and he was choking back tears yesterday when he talked about his quarterback, Kurt Warner.In the wake of the St. Louis Rams' 27-10 victory over the Ravens, the coach said, "I'm very proud of him. Great kid. Just a great ," as he fought to keep his composure."It's so exciting to see a guy just come up from nowhere. You talk about coming from nowhere. Stick with it. Stay with it. The persistence through the Arena League, the World League, probably the lowest-paid quarterback in the NFL."
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By Don Bosley and Don Bosley,McClatchy News Service | May 5, 1992
SACRAMENTO -- A funny thing has happened to David Archer's descending NFL stock. It has suddenly seemed to be stuck between floors."We're following him very closely," says Zeke Bratkowski, the Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback coach. "He looks like he's playing with a lot of confidence, and he's got that veteran poise."We've got to have him back in camp."It was only December that the Eagles released Archer, having signed him in Week 15 as a desperation backup to Brad Goebel, an elevated third-stringer.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF | June 20, 1997
Just eight months ago, Spencer Folau was an unemployed football player working for his father's landscaping business in Redwood City, Calif.Now he's playing football, nonstop.Folau will be one of two Ravens playing for the Rhein Fire on Sunday against the Barcelona Dragons in the World Bowl, the championship game of the NFL-sponsored World League.The offensive tackle will return home Wednesday and have just 13 days off before he's due in Baltimore on July 8 to start pre-training camp drills with the young players for his second season of the year.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF | June 13, 1997
It sounds like a problem for Ann Landers to solve.Football player wants to play a final year in the World League to end his career on an upbeat note. His wife opposes the idea of his going back to Europe for three months for the third straight year.What to do?Malcolm Showell decided to play this year despite his wife's misgivings."It wasn't like I convinced her. I just did it," Showell said in a telephone call from London, where he's playing his final year for the Monarchs.He hopes his wife eventually will understand why he wanted to play a final year.
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October 22, 1994
Baseball2 San Diego Padres -- Named Bruce Bochy manager.BasketballGolden State Warriors -- Waived F Bob McCann and G Travis Ford.Los Angeles Clippers -- Signed F Lamond Murray to a five-year contract.San Antonio Spurs -- Fined F Dennis Rodman $15,000 for missing an exhibition game.CollegesMaryland -- Named Scott Marr, who played at Johns Hopkins and coached 1992-1994 at Delaware, assistant lacrosse coach in charge of attack.UMBC -- Named Randy Monroe assistant men's basketball coach. Declared F Kevin Bellinger academically ineligible for the fall semester.
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By Vito Stellino | July 30, 1991
Stan Gelbaugh, the former Maryland quarterback who was the Most Valuable Player of the World League of American Football's first season, has stopped waiting for the NFL to call.He has joined the practice squad of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and expects to sign a two-year deal with the team within two weeks."This pretty much ends any chance to ever play in the NFL again. If and when I sign a contract here, it'll be a two-year contract. But the NFL wasn't interested, anyway, so here I am. I make my living playing football, and the money spends as good as the money earned down there," he said last night from Hamilton, Ontario.
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March 23, 1991
Dinner of championsIt is traditional at the Masters for the defending title-holder to host a pre-tournament dinner for all former champions, and it is his responsibility to set the menu for the ultra-private affair held at the Augusta National Golf Club.Nick Faldo was asked what he'd selected in the way of English gourmet delights for his fellow winners this year."Fish and chips," Faldo said.The quoteRoman Gabriel, coach of the World League of American Football's Raleigh-Durham Skyhawks, recalling advice given him by his former coach, George Allen: "Leisure time is the five hours you sleep at night."
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | July 26, 1997
The Ravens' offensive line, which has lost two backups to season-ending knee injuries in the past week, was without two starters yesterday -- right tackle Orlando Brown and left guard Leo Goeas.Brown missed his third day of practice with an ankle sprain, while Goeas did some light work without pads, because of swelling in the same knee on which he had arthroscopic surgery last winter.Coach Ted Marchibroda said Brown would not play in today's scrimmage against Philadelphia at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | July 17, 1997
Larry Webster started his first full day of training camp practices yesterday morning and compared the experience to living in a dream.After spending 90 minutes working up a good sweat, Webster talked about being sober for a year, having served a one-year suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. He talked about facing up to his problems instead of blaming them on others. He talked about resurrecting a promising career that has been damaged by two disciplinary suspensions.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF | June 20, 1997
Just eight months ago, Spencer Folau was an unemployed football player working for his father's landscaping business in Redwood City, Calif.Now he's playing football, nonstop.Folau will be one of two Ravens playing for the Rhein Fire on Sunday against the Barcelona Dragons in the World Bowl, the championship game of the NFL-sponsored World League.The offensive tackle will return home Wednesday and have just 13 days off before he's due in Baltimore on July 8 to start pre-training camp drills with the young players for his second season of the year.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF | June 13, 1997
It sounds like a problem for Ann Landers to solve.Football player wants to play a final year in the World League to end his career on an upbeat note. His wife opposes the idea of his going back to Europe for three months for the third straight year.What to do?Malcolm Showell decided to play this year despite his wife's misgivings."It wasn't like I convinced her. I just did it," Showell said in a telephone call from London, where he's playing his final year for the Monarchs.He hopes his wife eventually will understand why he wanted to play a final year.
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By John Eisenberg | August 8, 1996
The Ravens will go as far as Vinny Testaverde takes them this season.And Testaverde, in turn, will go as far as Don Strock takes him.Strock, Ravens quarterback coach, is among the least known and most important components of head coach Ted Marchibroda's plan."
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April 11, 1996
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By John Steadman | June 28, 1991
What the World League of American Football has provided Kirk Maggio is another chance to try out for a National Football League team. Maggio, a Calvert Hall graduate who went on to become a standout punter at UCLA, has signed with the New Orleans Saints."
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,Staff Writer | July 26, 1993
CARLISLE, Pa. -- Wide receiver Mark Stock knows he's running out of time and teams.He's been on four teams in two leagues in five years -- plus a couple of months on Uncle Sam's team during Operations Desert Storm.Stock hopes he's found a home in Washington."I'll be able to sleep better now," Stock said after he caught three passes, including one for a touchdown, in the Redskins' 34-14 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in a scrimmage Saturday."I don't know what's worried me the most. This is the most stressful camp I've been in. It's self-induced stress.
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,Sun Staff Writer | January 10, 1995
When Naval Academy athletic director Jack Lengyel fired George Chaump and named Utah State's Charlie Weatherbie to replace him, Lengyel hoped the new head football coach would retain Doug Williams to tutor the quarterbacks.Williams, a former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Redskins quarterback who was voted Most Valuable Player in Super Bowl XXII, was regarded as a high-profile assistant who could be a powerful recruiter for the academy.But Williams, who had close ties to Chaump dating to his Tampa days, has opted to accept a job as a liaison between the NFL and the revived World League of American Football, which will resume play this spring as strictly a European League after a two-year hiatus.
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October 22, 1994
Baseball2 San Diego Padres -- Named Bruce Bochy manager.BasketballGolden State Warriors -- Waived F Bob McCann and G Travis Ford.Los Angeles Clippers -- Signed F Lamond Murray to a five-year contract.San Antonio Spurs -- Fined F Dennis Rodman $15,000 for missing an exhibition game.CollegesMaryland -- Named Scott Marr, who played at Johns Hopkins and coached 1992-1994 at Delaware, assistant lacrosse coach in charge of attack.UMBC -- Named Randy Monroe assistant men's basketball coach. Declared F Kevin Bellinger academically ineligible for the fall semester.
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