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It was just like old times in New Orleans with another championship decided.

It was just like old times for the San Jose SaberCats with another title won.

The SaberCats beat the Columbus Destroyers 55-33 in Sunday's ArenaBowl to earn their third Arena League title in six years. It was the first team championship decided in the city since Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005.

"We don't want to call ourselves a dynasty," said wide receiver James Roe, who scored two touchdowns. "That's for you to do. We'll take it, though."

The SaberCats (16-3), the most successful AFL franchise this decade, capped a 3-1/2-month winning streak. Columbus (10-10), seeking its first ArenaBowl title, won three consecutive road games to reach the final.

San Jose was held to its lowest scoring total of the playoffs, but its defense offset that by holding Columbus 30 points below its postseason average.

San Jose quarterback Mark Grieb and game MVP passed for 218 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.

San Jose took the lead for good in the second quarter when Trestin George returned a kickoff 56 yards for a touchdown.

BRONCOS: The team re-signed defensive lineman Kenny Peterson a day after releasing him. He faces a four-game suspension for violating the league's policy on steroids and related substances.

GIANTS: Defensive end Simeon Rice, released by the Bucs last week, is expected to take a physical Wednesday, a team spokesman said. New York seeks line help with Michael Strahan holding out.

JAGUARS: Former No. 1 draft pick Tim Couch signed a two-year contract, seeking a chance to revive his career as a backup quarterback. Couch, the top pick by Cleveland in 1999, hasn't played in the NFL since the 2004 preseason.

VIKINGS: No. 7 overall pick Adrian Peterson ended a three-day holdout, signing a five-year, $40.5-million deal with $17-million guaranteed.

TRADE: The Bears acquired defensive tackle Darwin Walker from Buffalo for a draft pick, which depends on how much Walker plays. He had refused to report to Buffalo in a contract dispute. The Bills obtained him in March in a trade that sent linebacker Takeo Spikes and backup quarterback Kelly Holcomb to Philadelphia.

OBITUARY: Jim David, a six-time Pro Bowl defensive back who won three NFL championships with the Lions, died Sunday at his home after a long illness, the team said. He was 79.