The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 11, 1996 · Page 19
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THE SALINA JOURNAL SPORTS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 1996 CB T NFL NOTES Freeman emerging for Pack Split end's rise gives quarterback Favre another deep target By The Associated Press „ GREEN BAY, Wis. — Flanker Robert Brooks has heard enough about split end Antonio Freeman's arrival as a go-to receiver for the Green Bay Packers. "What emergence? He's already been there," Brooks said. "I'm get- .•iting tired of people saying he's emerging. He's no surprise to me." Freeman's rapid rise has caught plenty of others off-guard. General manager Ron Wolf drafted him out of Virginia Tech in the third round in 1995, but primarily as a kick returner, not a receiver. "I honestly don't know why he wasn't taken any higher," Wolf said. After getting just eight catches for 106 yards and a touchdown as a rookie, Freeman entered training camp as Brooks' backup, but quick• ly took the starting split end job from Anthony Morgan, who was cut. Freeman has the hot hands heading into Monday night's marquee ' matchup with San Francisco. In • 'the last two games, he has 14 catch- ^es for 254 yards and four touch- •Miowns. i. , Cookin' Carter ••"• 'ASHBURN, Va. — Tom Carter showed why he's tied for the NFL lead in interceptions when he outran his man on a post pattern to pick off Heath Shuler's throw at the end of a Washington Redskins practice. "Don't be so mean, T. Carter," receiver Leslie Shepherd yelled from the- sideline. "Don't be so mean." Mean? Carter? Nah. He even left it to someone else to respond. - "Hey, Shep," safety Darryl • Pounds called back from the field. "That's the stealth technique." >"•' • That's stealth as in quiet, low- profile, unflappable. A player who 'looks as if he should sign up for an emotion chip implant. That's •Carter. ' Carter has four interceptions in five games, tying him with Miami's Terrell Buckley and Green Bay's Leroy Butler for tops in the league. Two of the pickoffs were big fourth- Kl quarter plays that stopped potential game-tying drives during the [Redskins' current four-game win- {ning streak: one against the Rams' [Steve Walsh, and the other a controversial strip of receiver !Keyshawn Johnson in the end zone ;to deny the Jets. ; True to form, Carter isn't waving •a towel over his success. I "Don't read too much into inter- Iceptions," Carter said. "Interceptions come and go. You can have a 'drought for the rest of the year, so >just take them when you can." jCox fined •j ;LAKE FOREST, 111. — Chicago JBears linebacker Bryan Cox said 'he will sue the NFL after being Ifined $87,500, or the equivalent of ;one game's pay, on Thursday for ihis on-field misconduct in last Sunday's game against Green Bay. ,.. Cox was fined for verbally abus- g irig field judge Bill Smith, making $ repeated obscene gestures at the of$ ficial and shouting obscenities. g! "Your misconduct in last Sun- 2 day's game was again unprovoked, ^unprofessional, offensive to NFL M fa'fts and unbecoming for an NFL S -player," commissioner Paul Tagli- S^abue said in a statement. **„ -Tagliabue also threatened Cox «* with a suspension "of at least one «game" for any future misconduct 3 detrimental to the league. "•• Cox said he will not appeal the » decision, but he plans to file a law- S suit claiming unfair treatment and J3 "excessive fines." 3 Special Patriots *» - FOXBORO, Mass. — The play f! Deemed insignificant. The Patriots ^blocked a punt for a touchdown, •"scoring points they certainly "wouldn't need as they already were £ routing the Ravens. % \ Those points ended up winning •f the game. : ; , Special teams players — fearless , athletes who leap at a punter's foot • or catch a kick with wide-eyed de• fenders ready to level them — are yery special to New England coach BillParcells. • • Long passes by the offense and Jsacks by the defense get more attention. But the Patriots success on •"special teams is a major reason • S they've won their last three games. •5 ' Dave Meggett is third in the AFC "*&i punt returns and fourth in kick- *4ff returns. The Patriots also have Covered kicks very well; oppo- •Jnents' net punt return yardage is '*the second lowest in the NFL. "» And the Patriots don't have to • travel as far to score after kickoffs. *Their average starting field posi- Jtion after kickoffs is the 30.8-yard gline. T SOCCER Players-Federation dispute may affect U.S. Flap between sides could impact U.S. team's lineup By The Associated Press NEW YORK — The U.S. national team will play an exhibition in Peru on Wednesday, although a flap over bonus money could impact the lineup for that game and future matches. Jim Trecker, U.S. Soccer Federation deputy secretary general for communications, confirmed Thursday the match had been scheduled, but no roster has been announced. Contract negotiations between players and the federation have been going on for nine months, with bonus money a main topic. "The players are definitely negotiating with the federation, they're in the process of that now," U.S. coach Steve Sampson said from his Westlake Village, Calif., home. "This could have implications for one game or many games. I hope things are resolved quickly, so that it doesn't impact for our first (World Cup qualifying) game against Guatemala." That game is scheduled for Nov. 3 in Washington. "We've been in contract discussions for a long time with various agents, but it's not something we care to discuss in public," USSF press officer Tom Lange said from the federation's Chicago headquarters. Sampson said he understood the players and federation were "very close" on an agreement." "I have intentionally stayed out of them," he said of the negotiations. "Yes, it is unsettling. I just want to know what players I have, because I have to prepare the team for World Cup qualifying." The team is scheduled to begin training in Miami on Saturday night, and leave for Peru on Monday. • NON-CONDUCTIVE! • LIGHTWEIGHT AND/ STURDY 6'FIBERGLASS STEP LADDER Channeled rails with heavy duty back bars. 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