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Clarett asks Supreme Court to hear his case

Former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett asked the Supreme Court to reconsider his lawsuit challenging the NFL's draft eligibility rule. The request was filed Monday, said Clarett's attorney, Alan Milstein. The NFL has 30 days to respond.

"He believes that he should have been allowed to play in the league when he was ready and when the league was ready to have him," Milstein said Tuesday.

A lower court judge ruled last year for Clarett, saying the NFL violated federal antitrust laws by barring eligibility until a player was three years out of high school. But a three-judge appeals panel blocked him from entering the 2004 draft.

JAGS FIRE COORDINATOR: Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave was fired after Jacksonville finished last in the AFC and 29th in the league in scoring. Musgrave was heavily criticized for not getting the most out of an offense that featured running back Fred Taylor, receiver Jimmy Smith and emerging quarterback Byron Leftwich. Coach Jack Del Rio also fired linebackers coach Mike Haluchak and said he will not renew the contract of assistant head coach Steve Shafer.

BEARS FIRE SHEA: Offensive coordinator Terry Shea was fired after a season in which the team had one of the NFL's worst offenses. The Bears, who finished 5-11, also ranked last in six major statistical categories, including scoring and total yards, using four different quarterbacks.

Storm training camp opens

TAMPA _ The Storm opens training camp with a 9 a.m. practice today on the plaza of the St. Pete Times Forum, followed by a 2:30 p.m. session at Skyway Park off the Veterans Expressway.

Twenty players from last season's playoff squad, including All-Arena selections Nyle Wiren and Lawrence Samuels and All-Ironman pick T.T. Toliver, are among the 37 players expected in camp. Practices are free and open to the public.

Coach Tim Marcum, who faces criminal charges of insurance fraud over a claim he made on a boat he owns, cleared a potential hurdle Tuesday when Judge Dee Anna Farnell granted his attorney's motion for permission to travel out of state for business. In addition, Marcum's bond was reduced from $10,000 to $2,500.

Times staff writer Frank Pastor contributed to this report.

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