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Hodson to start against Dolphins

Tommy Hodson will start at quarterback for the New England Patriots against Miami on Sunday, replacing the injured Hugh Millen.

A separated left shoulder and a sprained left knee kept Millen out of practice again Thursday, and Patriots officials announced afterward that third-year pro Hodson will start in his place.

Millen was battered in the Patriots' 24-12 loss to San Francisco last weekend. The right-handed passer has been sacked 25 times this season.

Hodson started the final six games of 1990 as a rookie and started the first three games of last season, then was replaced by Millen. He has not played a down this season.

The Patriots are 0-5, the Dolphins 5-0. They were to meet in Miami on Sept. 6, but the game was postponed until this weekend because of Hurricane Andrew.

Munoz listed as doubtful

CINCINNATI _ Tackle Anthony Munoz has been downgraded to doubtful for the Pittsburgh game because of strains to both shoulders.

"It's wear and tear," trainer Paul Sparling said. "It's part of what happens when you've been pancaking guys for 13 years. Nobody comes out of that unscathed."

Munoz's condition is not tied to a specific play or injury. Five games into the season, the 11-time Pro Bowler is just sore.

Munoz said he expects to miss practice today but might be back Friday.

"I'll get in another rest day, and then we'll see what happens," he said. "I'm tender and very sore, but it's nothing that treatment shouldn't be able to help.

"I'm just going to try to get ready to play, and let the trainers and doctors worry about the medical stuff."

If Munoz can't play against Pittsburgh, the Bengals will have to start rookie Kevin Sargent or shuffle several players. Kirk Scrafford, a tackle his first two seasons, could move from right guard to left tackle, which would mean replacing him at guard with Jon Melander or Mike Withycombe.

Munoz, who is in the last year of his contract, has said he will make no decision regarding 1993 until after the season.

Accuser criticizes Bronco's sentence

LITTLETON, Colo. _ Denver Broncos linebacker Ronnie Haliburton received too light a sentence after allegedly sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl, his accuser said after a sentencing hearing Wednesday.

Haliburton, 24, originally was charged with second-degree sexual assault stemming from an incident in October 1991. Prosecutors agreed to drop that charge in exchange for a guilty plea on felony and misdemeanor liquor charges.

He was sentenced to 30 days in jail. The felony liquor charge will be dropped from Haliburton's record if he stays out of trouble for two years.

Arapahoe County District Judge Deanna Hickman said the misdemeanor charge is "very serious" and sentenced Haliburton to jail and 200 hours of community service. She said it is a typical sentence.

"It's hell," the alleged victim said. "Every day, I have to live with it. I have a lifetime sentence. He only got 30 days."

Haliburton and a former roommate, Angelo Tate, were accused of picking up the girl, then 15, and two of her friends, then serving them alcohol and sexually assaulting the 15-year-old.

Prosecutors said they accepted Haliburton's plea because there were conflicting accounts of the incident that would have made sexual assault too difficult to prove. Tate pleaded guilty to sexual-assault and liquor charges and is to be sentenced Nov. 30.

Gannon hyperextends knee

MINNEAPOLIS _ Minnesota quarterback Rich Gannon hyperextended his left knee Thursday night after the Vikings took a 24-0 second-quarter lead over the Detroit Lions.

Gannon completed 8 of 10 passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns. He had to leave the game early in the second quarter, when Dan Owens hit him in the knee after he threw a 16-yard pass to Anthony Carter that set up a 20-yard field goal by Fuad Reveiz.

Earlier, Gannon threw scoring passes of 47 yards to Carter and 43 yards to Hassan Jones.

Redskins stadium plan dies

WASHINGTON _ Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke and Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder on Wednesday abandoned their plan to build a new stadium at Potomac Yard in Alexandria, Va., the Washington Post reported.

Cooke rejected concessions that Wilder said were necessary to keep the proposal alive, the newspaper reported. Cooke would not say whether he will seek to build a new stadium elsewhere.