Tuesday, May 20, 2003

Rams safety net for Sehorn


Packer aide's son commits apparent suicide

The Associated Press

Jason Sehorn and Mike Martz, once bitter rivals, are now on the same team. St. Louis signed Sehorn, 31, to a one-year contract.

Sehorn was released in March by the New York Giants after spending all of his nine seasons with the team. He was due to make $4.3 million next season and would have received a $1 million roster bonus if he had not been released.

Sehorn, who played cornerback in New York, will move to free safety in St. Louis.

VIKINGS: Korey Stringer's widow will ask an appeals court to reinstate her $100 million lawsuit against the Minnesota Vikings now that she has settled with the last defendants.

Kelci Stringer reached a deal with the Vikings' training camp physician, David Knowles, and his Mankato Clinic for an undisclosed sum, Hennepin County District Judge Gary Larson said Monday.

Last month, Larson dismissed all of Kelci Stringer's claims against the Vikings and team officials over her husband's heatstroke death in 2001. But the judge allowed her $100 million wrongful-death lawsuit to go forward against Knowles, who was not an employee of the team.

Korey Stringer, from Warren, Ohio, played offensive tackle at Ohio State.

Kelci Stringer's attorney, Paul DeMarco, said he expected to ask the Minnesota Court of Appeals in the next few weeks to reinstate the lawsuit against the team.

Cincinnatian James Gould, Korey Stringer's agent, said the family believes it must press the case against the Vikings.

PACKERS: Ray Sherman Jr., 14, son of Green Bay assistant Ray Sherman, shot himself in the head with his father's gun, a death the medical examiner ruled a suicide.

The teen was helping his family move from a rented home Sunday afternoon when he found his father's weapon while alone in the garage, police Lt. Jim Arts said.

Ray Sherman found his son 10 minutes after the gun went off and called 911, Arts said. The boy's mother, two younger sisters, 5 and 11, and grandmother also were at home but didn't hear the shot.

His father had gone looking for the teen to take him to a movie, Arts said.

The coach told police he had owned guns for more than 20 years and that the .38-caliber pistol and ammunition were usually kept separately. The gun was in a duffel bag on a shelf in the garage.

After an autopsy Monday, Al Klimek, the Brown County medical examiner, said the location of the wound - right side of the head - and other evidence led him to conclude the death was a suicide.

"There's just things that we found through the investigation that indicates this was more of an intentional act," said Klimek, who refused to elaborate. No suicide note was found, Arts said.

NFL MEETINGS: When NFL owners think about expanding the playoffs, they don't see a dilution of the product. They see two more postseason games, two more sold-out stadiums and two more television dates.

The owners meet in Philadelphia today and Wednesday to discuss adding two more teams to the playoffs, one in each conference. That would mean only the club with the best conference record would have a bye, and there would be six games on the first weekend of the postseason.

Several league executives fear one bye would be too much of a competitive advantage, one reason a decision was not made at the March winter meetings. Instead, the issue was tabled for further study, and a determination should come this week.

One big fear is that having 14 playoff qualifiers in a 32-team league could lead to a sub-.500 team making it.




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