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         Dick Vermeil could be a major player for the CFL's proposed
    franchise in Miami, reports Marty York in today's Toronto GLOBE &
    MAIL.  The early word is Vermeil could become part-owner, GM,
    and/or head coach of the Miami team, which would start play in
    '96 (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 5/3).
         GOODWILL GESTURE:  All proceeds from the June 24 CFL
    exhibition between Birmingham and Baltimore at the Orange Bowl
    will be donated to the Oklahoma City Relief Fund established for
    victims of the bomb tragedy.  The success of this game will go a
    long way in determining whether or not the Miami Manatees become
    a reality.  CFL Commissioner Larry Smith: "The League is proud to
    be associated with such an event which will assist the people of
    Oklahoma City during this tragic time" (Judy Battista, MIAMI
    HERALD, 5/3).

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         Former Packers WR Sterling Sharpe filed suit against the
    Packers, the NFL Management Council and the NFLPA contending that
    he was denied due process under the NFL's grievance procedure.
    The suit was filed in Tampa, where Sharpe played his last NFL
    game.  Sharpe was released by the Packers on  February 28 when he
    refused to take a pay cut after suffering a spinal injury late in
    the '94 season and undergoing surgery to fuse two vertebrae in
    his neck.  The Packers will seek "immediate dismissal of the
    suit."  Packers attorney Lance Lopes:  "The allegations are no
    different than those already raised in the grievance
    proceedings."  Sharpe's attorney, Grady Irvin, a former NFLPA
    lawyer, told the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL that he would ask for
    Sharpe's $3.2M salary for '95 plus punitive damages, court costs
    and attorney fees.  The Packers wanted to reduce Sharpe's salary
    from $3.2M to $200,000.  The NFLPA filed a grievance on Sharpe's
    behalf on March 8 seeking full salary for '95.  At issue in the
    grievance procedure, said Irvin, is a provision that requires the
    Packers to hold half of Sharpe's '95 salary against the team's
    salary cap figure until the grievance is settled.  Sharpe wants
    the case to be treated as an "injury-type grievance that would
    require him to be examined by a neutral physician and give him
    more time to argue his case."  Irvin said the NFLPA was sued
    because "it conspired with the league to get Sharpe to withdraw
    the grievance so the Packers could use his salary to sign more
    members of the union's bargaining unit" (AP/N.Y. TIMES, 5/3).

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