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New England sale to stadium owner final

The sale of the New England Patriots to Boston businessman Robert Kraft went through Friday.

The sale of the team by James Busch Orthwein was announced Jan. 21 and unanimously approved this week by the 28 National Football League owners in their meeting at Orlando.

Terms were not released, but it is believed Kraft, the owner of Foxboro Stadium, paid $160-million.

Gov. William F. Weld and Mayor Thomas M. Menino held a party at Quincy Market to honor Kraft as the new owner.

"It is hard for me to put my emotions into words," Kraft said. "It truly is a dream come true, and I am very happy and excited for my family and the people of New England."

Kraft said he has received thousands of letters from people who are excited the Patriots are staying in New England.

"These letters have only furthered my commitment to work toward putting a championship team on the field," Kraft said.

Season tickets for the 1994 season go on sale at 8 a.m. today.

Seahawks' CB Hunter sentenced in DUI

SEATTLE _ Seattle Seahawks cornerback Patrick Hunter has been sentenced to 10 days of home detention and fined $1,500 for drunken driving.

Hunter, who pleaded guilty Thursday, also was ordered to perform 150 hours of community service and spend a night listening to a panel of drunken-driving victims and their family members talk about their devastation.

The sentence stemmed from Hunter's arrest Oct. 15, 1992, outside a Pioneer Square nightclub. He had been attending an alcohol treatment program as part of a deferred prosecution in that case when he was arrested last August in Bellevue on a similar charge. In that case, he drove his car into a fire department aid car.