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Fighters Sanders, Rison dealt fines

The NFL fined Deion Sanders and Andre Rison $7,500 each Wednesday for their Sunday fight in the middle of the field.

The skirmish came during the second quarter of the 49ers' 42-3 rout of the Falcons at the Georgia Dome. The game was Sanders' first against his former team since joining San Francisco as a free agent Sept. 15.

Though game officials penalized Sanders as the fight's "instigator," the league found both players at fault. The fines will be distributed to charities of each offending player's choice. Any appeals must be made in writing to commissioner Paul Tagliabue.

"I expected to be fined," Sanders said. "I've got to live with what I did. I respect the decision."

Around the pros

49ers: Right tackle Harris Barton, out since tearing his left tricep in a season-opening win over the Raiders, joined drills and could play briefly against the Bucs.

Broncos: The team said starting center Keith Kartz, who had reconstructive surgery on his right knee after a skiing mishap in February but appeared close to returning to the lineup last week, will be sidelined another four to six weeks. Doctors discovered a bony abnormality in the knee, as well as a cyst on his cartilage.

Dolphins: Guard Houston Hoover, who has an injured kidney, was placed on injured reserve.

Colts: Linebacker Jeff Herrod was arrested early Tuesday in Marion County, Ind., and charged with drunken driving and public intoxication.

Raiders: Coach Art Shell named Harvey Williams, who gained 72 yards in 16 carries against Miami, to start at halfback Sunday against Atlanta.

Rams: Defensive tackle Sean Gilbert said he will sit out the game at New Orleans to allow his sore shoulders more time to heal.

CFL: Maryland Gov. William Donald Schaefer granted the expansion team in Baltimore a $500,000 package to help upgrade Memorial Stadium. The Board of Public Works must approve.

TV: The NFL, which this year began charging for its Sunday satellite feeds, sued 20 taverns in the Los Angeles area Tuesday for allegedly showing Raiders and Rams games illegally.

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