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Dolphins send Salaam back to Bears

Take him back. That's what the Dolphins told the Bears on Friday, canceling a trade for former Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam two days after announcing it.

Miami said Salaam failed to pass its physical.

"After looking at Rashaan Salaam, we felt he was not 100 percent at this time. For that reason we decided not to carry out the trade. He remains the property of the Chicago Bears," Dolphins coach Jimmy Johnson said in a one-paragraph news release.

Salaam broke a bone in his left leg and tore ligaments in his left ankle in the season's third game against Detroit on Sept. 14 and was lost for the season.

In other Dolphins news, CB Tim Jacobs and S Bracey Walker re-signed for one year; DTs Kelton Davis and Eric Dotson failed physicals and were removed from the roster.

BRONCOS: QB John Elway will get a stadium in his name after all. In Los Angeles, Granada Hills High officials said they will name the campus football stadium after him.

BROWNS: The league distributed applications to several groups interested in owning the new Cleveland franchise, which will play the 1999 season.

CHARGERS: The family of late RB Rodney Culver will be allowed to pursue a new lawsuit rather than accept an unwanted settlement approved by a judge for his death in the ValuJet crash.

PACKERS: Student groups at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are protesting an appearance by Reggie White at a sports fund-raiser this weekend because of remarks about gays and other minorities he made to state lawmakers. White had been invited by the National "W" Club alumni group to speak at Butch's Bologna Bash, an annual fund-raising event held in conjunction with the spring UW football game, before his speech to the Assembly in March, an organizer said.

Some student groups, however, have asked university officials to rescind the invitation to today's event because of White's comments.

"I don't think we would consider not holding up our end of the contract," said Jim Bakken, who works in special events for the UW athletic department. "Mr. White enjoys freedom of speech in this country, and how he wants to craft his words is up to Reggie."

RAIDERS: Larry Brown, the 1996 Super Bowl MVP for Dallas but a bust the past two seasons in Oakland, has been told to look elsewhere for work despite having another three years on his contract. When players arrived for the first day of their weekend minicamp, they found Brown's locker empty. His No. 24 jersey was assigned to first-round draft pick Charles Woodson. Brown, who signed a five-year, $12.5-million free-agent contract with Oakland before the 1996 season, met with coach Jon Gruden on Thursday night. After their discussion, Gruden decided that Brown should try to look for a job with another team.

SAINTS: DL Joe Johnson denied he was ticketed for leaving an accident in Atlanta. He said he knew nothing about the accident in which one of his passengers reportedly hit the driver of the other car.

Johnson, the team's No. 1 draft choice in 1994, said another car pulled up behind him as he backed his 1998 silver Lincoln Navigator out of a parking place. Johnson said he hit the car, but denied he left before insurance information was exchanged.

Johnson said he waited at the accident for police and the accident report was filled out before he left.

Police stood by the story. Sgt. W.G. Anderson of the DeKalb County Police Department verified Johnson was cited for leaving the scene of an accident. The driver of the car Johnson hit _ William Hagan III, 27, of Dunwoody _ told the Times-Picayune Johnson handed him his insurance card but snatched it back before Hagan could write down the information. A police report stated a passenger in Johnson's car grabbed the card.

Hagan also said a passenger, Stefan Lucious, 26, hit him in the head.

No tickets were issued or charges filed at that time, but Johnson was cited Monday by Detective Will Partenheimer, an accident investigator who followed up the case. Johnson, 25, is scheduled to appear for trial on May 28. The maximum penalty, if convicted for hit-and-run, is a $1,000 fine, 60 days in jail and loss of license for 120 days. An arrest warrant was issued for Lucious on a simple battery charge.

_ TIMES WIRES

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