Guard Kevin Gogan, a three-time Pro Bowl guard, was traded on Monday from the San Francisco 49ers to the Miami Dolphins for an undisclosed draft choice.
The dealing of the 6-foot-7, 330-pound Gogan is the latest in a series of sweeping personnel moves by the 49ers, who began the off-season $28 million over the $57.3-million cap. San Francisco free safety Merton Hanks also is on the trading block.
Director of football operations John McVay said the dealing of Gogan gave the 49ers $400,000 in immediate cap relief and millions of dollars more over the next three years. Gogan’s contract runs through 2002.
Another reason the 49ers traded Gogan is that new General Manager Bill Walsh has long preferred smaller, athletic offensive linemen.
Quarterback Vinny Testaverde, who led the New York Jets to the AFC championship game last season, signed a three-year contract worth nearly $19.5 million to remain with his hometown team. The deal includes a $6.2-million signing bonus and the Jets have a four-year option beyond the original three seasons.
The Carolina Panthers acquired quarterback Jeff Lewis from the Denver Broncos for undisclosed draft picks in 1999 and 2000. Lewis, 25, of Division I-AA Northern Arizona, was Denver’s fourth-round pick in 1996. He did not play in 1998 after suffering a knee injury in a basketball game.
The Tennessee Titans, formerly Oilers, agreed to terms with unrestricted free-agent linebacker Eddie Robinson on a multiyear contract. . . . Defensive end Chad Bratzke, who had 11 sacks for the New York Giants last season and was signed by the Indianapolis Colts over the weekend, got a six-year, $30-million contract, the New York Post reported.
Patrick Rafter was the first seeded player to advance past the first round when he defeated Alex O’Brien, 6-3, 6-4, in the Franklin Templeton Tennis Classic at Scottsdale, Ariz.
Earlier, former French Open champions Thomas Muster of Austria and Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil were upset. Justin Gimelstob defeated Muster, 6-4, 7-5, and Jerome Golmard of France ousted Kuerten, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. Muster was seeded seventh, Kuerten eighth.
Pete Sampras, seeded first, plays his first match tonight against Ramon Delgado.
German skier Martina Ertl, who tore knee ligaments as she narrowly avoided a fall during a downhill race in Are, Sweden, over the weekend, will miss the rest of the season, which ends March 10 with the World Cup finals at Sierra Nevada, Spain.
Former U.S. Olympic freestyle-ski team member Jim Moran, who suffered a severe head injury Feb. 20, was taken off a respirator and was breathing on his own at an Englewood, Colo., hospital, his doctor said. Moran was injured when he landed after an aerial spin at the U.S. Freeskiing Open at Vail.
Belmont Stakes winner Victory Gallop will skip a rematch with Real Quiet, the 1998 Kentucky Derby and Preakness victor, in Saturday’s New Orleans Handicap at the Fair Grounds. Trainer Elliott Walden said Victory Gallop would run in an allowance race at Gulfstream Park on Wednesday and that he is pointing the colt to the Dubai World Cup on March 28.
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Hall of Fame tennis player and former U.S. Open tournament director Bill Talbert died Sunday at his home in New York. He was 80. Talbert was confined to a wheelchair in recent years.
Heavyweight contender Clarence Henry, who broke into boxing in 1948 by winning his division title in The Times-sponsored Golden Gloves, and later fought as a pro for seven years, died Sunday in Los Angeles. He was 72.
Michael Chandler, a Kansas wide receiver who was shot and beaten by masked intruders at his off-campus residence in Lawrence, Kan., over the weekend, was released from the hospital. He had surgery for a gunshot wound in the groin area.
Notre Dame announced it will hire an international accounting firm to police manufacturing sites that produce merchandise bearing its trademark, ensuring they comply with its anti-sweatshop policies.
In 1997, Notre Dame became one of the first colleges to ban licensees from using sweatshop labor. But this is the first time the school has set up a system to give those policies weight, said William Hoye, associate vice president.
At Brampton, Canada, Nancy Drolet’s two goals led Canada over the United States, 6-1, in a tuneup for next week’s women’s world hockey championships.
Randy Harvey is on assignment