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Tampa Bay Buccaneers sign seven from weekend rookie minicamp

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bucs sign seven players from weekend's rookie camp

The Bucs on Monday announced the signings of seven prospects who participated in the weekend's rookie minicamp.

WR Pat Carter (Louisville), T Demar Dotson (Southern Miss), RB Kareem Huggins (Hofstra) and CB Evan McCollough (James Madison) joined former USF players DE Jarriett Buie, OL Marc Dile and WR Amarri Jackson.

To make room on the roster, WR Paris Warren, T Andre Douglas and CB Greg Fassitt were released. Since the draft, the Bucs have added 15 undrafted free agents, taking the roster to its offseason maximum of 80 players after Monday's moves.

redskins' Haynesworth sued: A Tennessee man is suing Washington DT Albert Haynesworth, saying the All-Pro player was driving his black Ferrari like a maniac when he sent the man's car crashing into the concrete median of an interstate highway and leaving him disabled. Corey Edmonson needed hip replacement surgery after the Dec. 13 accident, and attorney Jon Perry filed the lawsuit for Edmonson, 25, on Friday in Williamson County (Tenn.) Circuit Court seeking $7.5 million in compensatory damages. The lawsuit also asks for punitive damages amounting to no less than 25 percent of Haynesworth's guaranteed money from the Redskins. Haynesworth was playing for the Titans at the time of the accident.

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Investigation begins at Cowboys' facility

Government investigators began sorting through the Cowboys' flattened practice facility in Irving, Texas, trying to figure out why fierce winds sent the tentlike structure crashing down during a rookie workout session.

Twelve people were hurt, including special teams coach Joe DeCamillis, who had surgery Monday to stabilize a fractured vertebrae in his neck. The most seriously injured was Rich Behm, a scouting assistant who was paralyzed from the waist down after his spine was severed. Assistant athletic trainer Greg Gaither, 35, had surgery on his fractured right leg.

Inspectors were at the collapse site Monday, said Elizabeth Todd, spokeswoman for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA, which investigates workplace accidents, has six months to make a report, she said.

Steelers: The team released starting inside LB Larry Foote. Foote has started every Steelers game for five seasons, including their Super Bowl victories last season and after the 2005 season. But he was unhappy with coming off the field on passing downs for Lawrence Timmons, a 2007 first-round draft pick.

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Derby champ Mine that Bird in Preakness

Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird was proclaimed ready for the Preakness after a spirited early-morning jog. "The horse will be the judge, but as good as he looked (Monday) morning, we plan on being at the Preakness," trainer Bennie Woolley Jr. said.

Ratings: The Kentucky Derby's TV ratings were the highest in 17 years. NBC said Saturday's coverage of 50-1 long shot Mine That Bird's win drew a 10.2 overnight rating and 22 share, up 7 percent from last year. A ratings point represents 1.145 million homes. The share is the percentage of TVs tuned to a show.

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Tennis: Venus Williams needed three sets to win her opening match at the Italian Open in Rome, beating Lucie Safarova 6-2, 4-6, 6-2. … Top-seeded Gilles Simon beat Robert Kendrick 6-3, 7-6 (9-7) in the first round of the Estoril Open in Oeiras, Portugal. Paul Capdeville upset fifth-seeded David Nalbandian 6-2, 6-2. Sixth-seeded Mardy Fish, a Tampa resident, ousted Teimuraz Gabashvili 6-3, 6-4.

colleges: USF's Randy Fontanez was named Big East Pitcher of the Week after recording his second straight complete-game victory. He earned his sixth win Friday, lowering his ERA to a league-best 2.06.

Autos: The chain-link fences at New Hampshire Motor Speedway will be replaced in time for its June race, partly in response to Carl Edwards' accident at Talladega Superspeedway last month. Speedway Motorsports Inc. will spend $400,000 to put up fences made of welding wire. "I had already made a decision to (change)," SMI chairman Bruton Smith said. "We were a little ahead of the curve on that."

golf: The British Open will return in 2013 to Muirfield, the links course on Scotland's east coast.

Stephen F. Holder, Times staff writer; Times wires

Tampa Bay Buccaneers sign seven from weekend rookie minicamp 05/04/09 [Last modified: Monday, May 4, 2009 9:46pm]

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