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Report: Detroit signs Mitchell

Miami quarterback Scott Mitchell, the backup to Dan Marino the past four seasons, signed Sunday with the Detroit Lions, a Detroit radio station reported.

His three-year contract is worth $11-million, radio station WWJ-AM said.

Lions coach Wayne Fontes traveled to Miami on Friday to make a last-second pitch to Mitchell. Mitchell had planned to announce his decision Saturday, but decided he wanted another day to choose between the Lions and the Minnesota Vikings.

Meanwhile, the Redskins made their first dip into the NFL free-agent pool and landed linebacker Ken Harvey, who had been with the Phoenix Cardinals.

Washington signed Harvey to a four-year contract thought to be worth $11-million, including a $3-million signing bonus.

Harvey's deal makes the 6-foot-3, 230-pound linebacker one of the NFL's best paid defensive players. It is the second most lucrative contract in Redskins history, topped only by quarterback Mark Rypien's $12-million contract.

RUNNING: Paul Pilkington, paid to be the pacesetter in the Los Angeles Marathon, pulled a major surprise by winning the race in 2:12:13. "They weren't coming up so I decided to keep going," said Pilkington, a high school English teacher from Roy, Utah. No one was more shocked than Luca Barzaghi of Italy, who said he did not pass Pilkington because he was told "the "rabbit' would drop out." Third-place finisher Andrzej Krzyscin of Poland also said was told the pacesetter would drop out, "100 percent for sure." Pilkington said he did not understand why anyone would assume that he would quit since the event was a U.S. Track and Field marathon championship.

SKIING: Fredrik Nyberg scored his second World Cup victory of the year, winning the Aspen World Cup giant slalom in Aspen, Colo, in 1:51.26. Alberto Tomba finished well back with a time of 1:51.87. He had been up late the night before. Christian Mayer finished second with a combined time of 1:51.46 and Matteo Belfrond was third.

"Nine o'clock is too early," he said. "I can't ski well in the morning."

SOFTBALL: Florida State (17-1, 2-0) opened Atlantic Coast Conference play with a doubleheader sweep of Georgia Tech, 6-1, 2-1. Marla Looper upped her record to 7-1 by limiting Tech to one run.

COLLEGE BASEBALL: Florida broke open a 5-5 game with seven runs in the final three innings to defeat Florida State 12-5. Florida handed FSU its worst home loss since 1989, when Miami beat the Seminoles 8-1. The Gators (12-5) pounded out 13 hits and took advantage of 11 walks by six Florida State pitchers. Top-ranked FSU fell to 16-4.

TRACK AND FIELD: Colin Jackson set a world indoor record for the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.30 seconds in Sindelfingen, Germany. He trimmed .06 seconds off his finish at Glasgow, Scotland, on Feb. 12, when he tied the record set in 1987 by Greg Foster.

FIGURE SKATING: The U.S. Figure Skating Association is prepared to announce that Nancy Kerrigan will withdraw from the March 22-27 World Championships in Chiba, Japan, giving her berth to Michelle Kwan, the Los Angeles Times reported. But a perception that she tarnished her image by leaving the Olympics early and calling a Disney parade "corny" could force her to reconsider, the newspaper said. At a parade to honor Kerrigan in Stoneham, Mass., her mother, Brenda Kerrigan, said the family left Lillehammer before the Closing Ceremonies because "there were some threats on her life. (Nancy) did not know about it until last night. . . . We made the decision because the closing ceremonies are filled with so many people."

ET CETERA: Gold medal speed skater Dan Jansen returned and was honored with a parade in Milwaukee. Jansen told the flag-waving crowd, "You've been behind me the whole way and we did it _ we finally did it." . . . Scuffleburg, a last-minute entry, caught Migrating Moon in the final stride to win the $500,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap. . . . The British yacht Intrum Justitia was the first in the Whitbread Round the World race to round Cape Horn.