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Sunday, March 13, 2005

Pro football

Darren Sharper tormented the Minnesota Vikings during his time in Green Bay. So when the Packers released the veteran safety this week, their NFC North rivals stepped in.

Sharper signed a four-year contract with the Vikings on Saturday. Terms were not released, but agent Joel Segal said the safety received "a significant signing bonus."

"He's a great playmaker and has been a nemesis of ours for years," Vikings vice president of football operations Rob Brzezinski said. "He's an outstanding leader and will be a tremendous addition to our defense."

Minnesota wasn't the only active NFC North team. The Detroit Lions agreed to a one-year contract with Jeff Garcia, reuniting the quarterback with coach Steve Mariucci.

Also, the Oakland Raiders signed free agent defensive end Derrick Burgess.

Sharpe started at free safety the last six seasons. He ranks fifth in Green Bay history with 36 interceptions, led the team with four interceptions last season and scored three defensive touchdowns.

The Packers tried to get Sharper to restructure his deal, but he balked at a pay cut, hoping he could make more on the open market than the approximately $2 million Green Bay was offering for 2005.

Garcia joins the Lions after a tumultuous 2004 season in Cleveland.

Before his disastrous year in Cleveland, Garcia spent five seasons with San Francisco and learned under Mariucci, who coached the 49ers from 1997-2002.

Burgess started 11 games for Philadelphia last season and had 10 tackles and three sacks during the Eagles' playoff run.

The 6-foot-2, 265 pound Burgess spent his first four seasons with the Eagles, who selected him in the third round of the 2001 draft.

• CLEVELAND - Injury-plagued defensive end Courtney Brown will be released on Monday by the Cleveland Browns if the club is unable to restructure the former No. 1 overall draft pick's contract.

Brown, who missed the final 14 games last season after undergoing foot surgery, is due a $2.5 million roster bonus on Tuesday.

The Browns may still re-sign Brown, who has missed 33 games with injuries the past four seasons. Team president John Collins said Saturday that the club will continue talks this weekend with agent Marvin Demoff about redoing Brown's contract.Pro basketball

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento Kings center Brad Miller will be sidelined for at least a month after breaking his left leg during a light shooting drill Saturday.

Miller, a two-time All-Star, missed Sacramento's last six games with a bruised calf. He was expected to return foCLEVELAND - Injury-plagued defensive end Courtney Brown will be released on Monday by the Cleveland Browns if the club is unable to restructure the former No. 1 overall draft pick's contract.

Brown, who missed the final 14 games last season after undergoing foot surgery, is due a $2.5 million roster bonus on Tuesday.

The Browns may still re-sign Brown, who has missed 33 games with injuries the past four seasons. Team president John Collins said Saturday that the club will continue talks this weekend with agent Marvin Demoff about redoing Brown's contract.

Pro basketball

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento Kings center Brad Miller will be sidelined for at least a month after breaking his left leg during a light shooting drill Saturday.

Miller, a two-time All-Star, missed Sacramento's last six games with a bruised calf. He was expected to return for Sunday's game against Houston - but in the latest bizarre injury in a long franchise history for the Kings, Miller broke his left fibula during a non-contact drill.

The bone will heal in four to six weeks, according to team doctors. But the playoffs begin in six weeks, and the Kings aren't sure whether he'll be ready.

Miller is averaging 15.6 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists in his second season with the Kings, who acquired him in a trade with Indiana.

Boxing

ZWICKAU, Germany - Markus Beyer almost went down in the last round before retaining his WBC super middleweight title over Australia's Danny Green with a narrow decision on Saturday.

The German appeared to have the fight under control until he was suddenly caught flush in the 12th round by Green's left uppercut, setting off a furious end.

Beyer was hit hard several times and staggered into the ropes.

Green kept swinging wildly while chasing him and tangled himself in the ropes.

Beyer took a standing count, covered up, and survived the round.

The fight was ruled 114-113, 115-112 and 114-114 for the German, whose record improved to 32-2.

Green fell to 19-2, with both losses coming to Beyer.

Skiing

• LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland - Sarah Schleper of the United States recorded her first World Cup victory in the season's final slalom Saturday while Janica Kostelic finished second to close in on overall leader Anja Paerson.

Schleper covered the two runs on the Silvano Beltrametti course in 1 minute, 29.13 seconds, maintaining her lead from the first run.

Kostelic of Croatia was 0.34 seconds behind and Nicole Hosp of Austria was 0.90 back for third.

Paerson finished in 10th place and now has 1,359 points in the overall World Cup standings, 35 more than Kostelic with only Sunday's season-ending giant slalom to come.

Horse racing

• NEW ORLEANS - High Limit delivered an amazing performance after a long layoff, taking the lead early on and cruising to victory in the Louisiana Derby on Saturday.

Without a race in 138 days and moving into stakes company for the first time, High Limit toyed with eight rivals and gave trainer Bobby Frankel a legitimate contender for the Kentucky Derby in two months.

High Limit took the lead from Storm Surge just out of the gate and was never seriously challenged in beating Vicarage by four lengths.

Golf

• PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Australia's Geoff Ogilvy overcame an eight-shot deficit at the start of play, shooting an 8-under-par 64 to tie Brett Wetterich for the lead after three rounds at the Honda Classic.

Wetterich, bidding for his first PGA Tour victory, began the day alone in the lead but scrambled to a 72 and joined Ogilvy at 12-under 204.

Two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen, seeking his first tour title since 1998, bogeyed No. 18 to fall out of a three-way tie for the lead. A round of 72 left him one stroke off the pace and tied with Pat Perez (67) at 11 under.

n SANTA CLARITA, Calif. - Keith Fergus shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Mark McNulty after two rounds of the Champions Tour's SBC Classic.

The 51-year-old Fergus, a former golf coach at Houston and three-time winner in 14 years on the PGA Tour, had six birdies and a bogey on the Valencia Country Club course for a 7-under 137 total.

Track and field

• FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Florida sophomore Kerron Clement broke Michael Johnson's world 400-meter record Saturday night, an unexpected display of speed that overshadowed team titles for the Arkansas men and Tennessee women at the NCAA Indoor track and field championships.

Clement, just 19 years old, outran a strong field and stunned the crowd with a 44.57-second clocking, breaking Johnson's mark of 44.63 set on March 4, 1995, at the U.S. Indoor championships in Atlanta.

Clement, born in Trinidad, moved to the United States and was a highly sought high school athlete at La Porte, Texas, both as a hurdler and sprinter. He chose Florida over LSU, Texas, Tennessee and Baylor.

Clement capped his magnificent night by anchoring the victorious Florida 1,600-meter relay team in a collegiate record 3:03.51.

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