Falcons Trade for Metcalf

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Having lost Andre Rison to Cleveland in free agency, the Atlanta Falcons helped the Browns make enough room under the salary cap to pay him by acquiring versatile Eric Metcalf in a trade that also involved the swap of first-round draft spots.

The trade gave Cleveland the No. 10 choice, Atlanta the No. 26.

Metcalf, 27, will be paid more than $2 million next season.


The NCAA has ruled that Arizona offensive lineman Bryan Hand, from Costa Mesa, has a sixth year of eligibility, because of an injury.

Auto Racing

Mark Martin continued his domination of Darlington (S.C.) Raceway, passing Jeff Gordon on the third lap and leading the next 57 to win the second leg of the International Race of Champions.


Brett Bodine was the fastest qualifier on the second day of trials for today’s TranSouth 400 stock car race at Darlington, with a speed of 168.486 m.p.h. in a Ford Thunderbird.

Britain’s Damon Hill retained the pole position for the Brazilian Grand Prix with his Friday lap of 1 minute 20.081 seconds in Sao Paulo, though Formula I champion Michael Schumacher challenged him, moving up to second with a 1:20.382 lap.


Michigan’s Tom Dolan set his third American and NCAA record at the NCAA swimming and diving championships at Indianapolis, winning the 1,650 freestyle in 14 minutes, 29.21 seconds. That was more than five seconds faster than the 14:34.91 set last year by Arizona’s Chad Carvin, who finished second to a record-setting effort by Dolan for the third night in a row.

The three victories apiece by Dolan and teammate Gustavo Borges helped Michigan snap Stanford’s three-year streak of team titles.

Winter Sports

Despite a near fall, Daron Rahlves won the men’s giant slalom by almost two seconds in the U.S. Alpine championships, completing two runs at Park City, Utah, in 2 minutes 16.85 seconds.

Three-time World Cup champion Kenji Ogiwara of Japan rode a head wind to the day’s longest jump--95.5 meters--to take the lead after the ski jumping portion of the season’s last World Cup Nordic combined competition at Sapporo, Japan.



Uruguay, playing without its top stars, rallied from a two-goal deficit in the second half and tied the United States, 2-2, in a soccer exhibition at Dallas.

Derartu Tulu of Ethiopia, the Olympic 10,000-meter champion, won the women’s title in the World Cross-Country Championships at Durham, England, running 6,450 meters in 20 minutes 21 seconds to finish nine seconds ahead of Catherina McKiernan of Ireland.

Kenya’s Paul Tergat won the men’s title, running 12,000 meters in 34:05.

Jack Jurek survived a 10th-frame scare and edged David Traber, 231-228, at Windsor Locks, Conn., to win the Tums tournament, his first Professional Bowlers Assn. title.

The Southwest Intercollegiate Golf Championship will be held Monday and Tuesday at North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Village. Participants include Stanford’s Tiger Woods, the U.S. Amateur champion, and San Jose State’s Steve Woods, the California Amateur champion.