Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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A career of terrorizing quarterbacks ended Thursday when Andre Tippett, still confident of his playing ability, retired with 100 sacks and without regrets.

Tippett, who spent all 12 of his NFL seasons with New England, was an unrestricted free agent. The Patriots wanted to slash his $750,000 salary nearly in half. He could have entertained offers from other clubs.

Instead, he took a new position as Patriots director of player resources and said the team always had treated him with respect.

"It was very important for me to finish my career here," said Tippett, a second-round draft choice from Iowa in 1982. "I'll miss it, but it's time to move on."

Tippett, 34, ranks seventh in career sacks since the NFL started keeping the statistic in 1982. He is first with the Patriots and set their single-season record of 18 1/2 in 1984.

He played on the Patriots' Super Bowl team after the 1985 season and went to five successive Pro Bowls from the 1984 through 1988 seasons. In those five years, only Lawrence Taylor had more sacks than Tippett's 64. He remained effective last season with 8 1/2 sacks and a team-high four fumble recoveries, starting all 16 games at left outside linebacker.

***** FOOTBALL Ex-Browns QB Sentenced To Prison

A dentist who was a backup quarterback for the Cleveland Browns in 1976-77 has been sentenced to five to 15 years in prison for submitting $2.7 million in Medicaid bills for work never performed. David Mays was sentenced Wednesday before Cuyahoga (Ohio) Common Pleas Judge Pat Kelly on his conviction on 36 Medicaid fraud counts.

Authorities learned of the fraud in 1990 while investigating a near-fatal knife attack on a Brecksville, Ohio, dentist who had just purchased Mays' practice. Mays was acquitted in 1992 in the attack.

***** SOCCER Japan Denies Visa To Maradona

Citing Diego Maradona's drug record, Japan refused to grant him a visa to play in a tournament there this month. However, the Japanese Embassy in Buenos Aires said the government in Tokyo had granted a visa to forward Claudio Caniggia. Caniggia, like Maradona, was suspended after testing positive for cocaine use.

"Both Maradona and Caniggia were suspended, but the difference is that Maradona had a judicial case against him and Caniggia didn't," said Mokoto Kato, a spokesman for the Japanese Embassy. He said a Japanese law bans the admittance of anyone who has been sentenced in a drug case. McKendree Names Strange As Coach

Tim Strange, a former Rosary High and St. Louis University player, has been named soccer coach at McKendree College. Strange, an assistant at McKendree the past four years, replaces Gene Johnson, who recently resigned. …

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