Sehorn Joins Rams, Former Rival Martz

From Staff and Wire Reports

Jason Sehorn and Mike Martz, once bitter rivals, are now on the same NFL team.

The St. Louis Rams signed Sehorn, 31, to a one-year contract Monday. Terms were not disclosed.

Sehorn, a second-round draft pick in 1994 from USC, was released by the New York Giants in March 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.


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

“I think Jason will be a tremendous addition to our defense,” said Martz, the Ram coach, who had previously trash-talked Sehorn.

After the high-scoring Rams were held to 15 points in beating New York, 15-14, in 2001, Martz said, “We threw the ball all over the lot against the Giants. I’d like to line up against Jason Sehorn every day of the week.”

Last season, Sehorn got revenge, intercepting a pass by Kurt Warner and returning it 31 yards for a touchdown to help the Giants beat the Rams.

Sehorn has started 73 of his 107 NFL games, five last season.


The 14-year-old son of Green Bay Packer assistant Ray Sherman shot himself in the head with his father’s gun, a death the medical examiner ruled a suicide.

Ray Sherman Jr. was helping his family move from a rented home Sunday afternoon when he found his father’s weapon while alone in the garage, said police in Green Bay, Wis.

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.


Packer running back Ahman Green has agreed to plead guilty to one of two traffic citations stemming from a one-vehicle accident as part of a settlement with the district attorney’s office.

Authorities said Green’s sport utility vehicle left a snow-covered highway in Wisconsin in January, but the player left the scene.


The San Diego City Council voted to extend by 90 days the negotiating period between the city and the Chargers.

Under the Chargers’ contract for the use of Qualcomm Stadium, Charger owner Alex Spanos must negotiate with the city before attempting to “shop” the team to other cities.


Co-owner John Elway fired coach Bob Beers and his assistants with the Colorado Crush of the Arena Football League, one day after Denver’s first-year team went 2-14.

College Sports

Big East Commissioner Mike Tranghese said that a move by Miami to the Atlantic Coast Conference would “be the most disastrous blow to intercollegiate athletics in my lifetime.”

Tranghese made the comment during a 30-minute news conference at Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., where the Big East is holding athletic meetings.

The ACC also has invited Big East members Syracuse and Boston College to jump conferences.

Tranghese asked Miami President Donna Shalala to honor the school’s commitment to the Big East.

Assistant MaChelle Joseph was hired as women’s basketball coach at Georgia Tech, replacing Agnus Berenato, who became coach at Pittsburgh.


Junior Chad Harris rallied from facing two match points in the second set to defeat Marcin Matkowski of UCLA, 5-7, 7-6, 6-4, and lead Vanderbilt to a 4-3 semifinal victory in the NCAA men’s championships at Athens, Ga.

There was a 15-minute delay in the first set when a serve by Harris killed a bird that was flying over the court.

Marat Safin of Russia and Robby Ginepri have withdrawn from next week’s French Open at Paris because of wrist injuries.

Cecil Mamiit of Los Angeles and Mariano Puerta of Argentina will replace them.

Tomas Behrend beat Marcelo Rios, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (2), and Germany tied Chile, 1-1, in a round-robin match of the clay-court World Team Cup at Duesseldorf, Germany.

Fernando Gonzalez defeated Lars Burgsmueller, 6-4, 7-6 (6), in the first singles match. The decisive doubles match is scheduled for today.

Argentina took a decisive 2-0 lead over Sweden with Wimbledon runner-up David Nalbandian defeating Jonas Bjorkman, 6-2, 6-2, and Gaston Gaudio defeating Thomas Enqvist, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4).

Top-seeded Andy Roddick beat Alberto Martin of Spain, 6-1, 7-6 (5), in the first round of the Raiffeisen Grand Prix at St. Poelten, Austria.


The French Ski Federation, which has debts of $2.2 million, filed for bankruptcy protection in the Alpine city of Annecy and the organization’s president, Marcel Calvat, said he would resign today.