Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Shorts

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Shorts

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Rams Let Everett Go To Saints For Draft Pick

The New Orleans Saints signed quarterback Jim Everett to a two-year contract Friday, sending an undisclosed draft choice to the Los Angles Rams.

Everett, 31, said he negotiated a lower salary for the chance to play for the Saints. Both Everett and Saints officials refused to say how much Everett would be paid.

The Saints cut Wade Wilson, the free agent quarterback they signed from the Atlanta Falcons last season, ridding themselves of Wilson's $4 million salary. The Rams wanted to unload Everett's $2.65 million salary.

New Orleans brought Wilson, 34, in to replace Bobby Hebert last season. Wilson got the Saints off to a 5-0 start, only to finish 8-8.

Everett led the Rams to the NFC championship in 1989. After three consecutive losing seasons, however, Everett was benched last season in favor of quarterback T.J. Rubley.

The Phoenix Cardinals signed two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Clyde Simmons to a free-agent contract in a deal announced late Thursday night.

Simmons, whose deal is reported to be a five-year pact worth about $14 million, collected 76 1/2 sacks in eight years with the Philadelphia Eagles.

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TENNIS

Sampras, Agassi In Lipton Final

Pete Sampras outlasted Jim Courier in a dramatic 18-minute tie-breaker to win 6-4, 7-6 (12-10) in the semifinals of the Lipton Championships in Key Biscayne, Fla. The top-ranked defending champion, Sampras overcame three set points in the tie-breaker and beat Courier for the fourth consecutive time.

Sampras will seek his fourth tournament title this year in Sunday's final against Andre Agassi, who advanced by beating Australian Patrick Rafter 6-2, 6-4.

In the women's final today, top-ranked Steff Graf meets Natalia Zvereva.

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MISCELLANEOUS

Monacelli Leads Long Island Open

Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela won six of eight matches and will be the leading qualifier for the stepladder finals of the Professional Bowlers Association Long Island Open. Monacelli finished with a 15-9 match-play record, knocking down 10,324 pins in 42 games for a 235 average.

Del Ballard Jr. of Richardson, Texas, was second with 10,192 pins. Fifth-round leader Nelson Burton Jr. of St. Louis, normally the color commentator on the PBA telecasts, was third with 10,164. Steve Wilson of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., rallied from 16th place to fourth at 10,105. Fourth-round leader Bill Oakes of Lawton, Okla., was fifth at 10,068.

Neal Pilson is out as president of CBS Sports, the latest casualty in a stretch during which the network lost some major sports properties. Pilson was appointed senior vice president of the CBS Broadcast Group after the network said he had requested reassignment. No successor was chosen.

Chicago Blackhawks left winger Michel Goulet remained hospitalized for observation Friday two days after suffering a severe concussion in a game at the Montreal Forum. …

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