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Rookie QB signs, practices for Lions

Quarterback Joey Harrington made good on his promise, signing with the Lions in time to take part in training camp Tuesday.

Harrington, the No. 3 overall pick in this year's draft, told the team he would not hold out. The former Oregon standout signed in the morning, in time for practice for quarterbacks, rookies and selected veterans.

Team president Matt Millen declined to provide contract details, but Harrington said it's for six years.

The deal is worth about $36.5-million and Harrington is guaranteed to make $13.5-million in combined bonuses, the Associated Press reported.

Stricken Modell vows

he'll see start of camp

OWINGS MILLS, Md. _ Ravens owner Art Modell remained hospitalized Tuesday for a mild stroke, but plans to attend the opening Friday of his 42nd training camp as an owner.

Modell was resting at Johns Hopkins Hospital and was expected to be released today, team spokesman Chad Steele said.

"He definitely wants to be at camp _ I don't know if Mrs. Modell wants him to be there _ we'rejust going to have to wait and see," Steele said.

Modell, 76, was admitted to the hospital Sunday, marking the second time in three months he has been hospitalized. In April, he sustained a mild heart attack at his California vacation home.

Modell said he is feeling better, and will be ready for coach Brian Billick to open camp Friday.

"Tell Brian I'll be ready for gassers by the weekend," Modell said in a statement released by the team.

JOE HAMILTON UPDATE: Bucs backup quarterback Joe Hamilton, in Pinehurst, N.C., as part of the ACC's 50th Anniversary Football Team, said the left ACL he tore playing in Europe is getting stronger after a month of rehabilitation.

Hamilton said he likely will spend much of the year at Georgia Tech, working out and working toward completing his degree in history and technology science. He's 22 hours shy.

The time off also will give him a chance to study new coach Jon Gruden's playbook and then have a chance to show what he can do, something he realistically might not have been able to do this summer.

"I wouldn't want to be in that mess; I'm not saying I'm running from the competition with Brad Johnson, Rob Johnson and Shaun King, but now I don't have to be the fourth guy knowing I'm not going to get that many reps and worrying if they're seeing me and if I'm doing enough to make the team," said Hamilton, a free agent next year. "I just want to play."

EX-PLAYER SOUGHT: Former defensive lineman Alonzo Spellman failed to appear in court to answer charges of drunken driving and destroying property.

Spellman was arrested July 16 after police in Dearborn, Mich., received a report of a home invasion and reckless driving. He was released on $600 bond pending arraignment in 19th District Court on misdemeanor charges of drunken driving, driving on a suspended license and destruction of property.

Last Friday, Spellman wandered in traffic in Farmington Hills, Mich., dragging luggage and saying he wanted to go to Las Vegas. He got a ride to the Greyhound station in downtown Detroit and boarded a bus.

Judge Virginia Sobotka issued a bench warrant for his arrest.

OFFICIAL FIRED: The league fired head linesman Sanford Rivers after 12 seasons. The NFL and Rivers confirmed the firing, but neither would comment on the reason for the move.

"Game officials who do not meet certain agreed-upon requirements are not retained," the NFL said in a statement.

Rivers worked the 1999 Super Bowl between the Falcons and Broncos, meaning the league judged him to be among the best officials that season.

SUMMERALL RETURNS: Pat Summerall, whose 21-year broadcasting partnership with John Madden ended at last year's Super Bowl, will return to Fox Sports this fall to do play-by-play on games primarily involving the Cowboys.

Summerall said he and Fox reached a deal for him to do regional games for the network. He said he wanted to continue broadcasting after Fox didn't renew his contract last winter.

_ Times staff writer Brian Landman contributed to this report.