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  • Lonnie Ford Signs Contract Extension With Avengers

    LOS ANGELES -- Lonnie Ford, one of the premier fullback/linebackers in the Arena Football League, has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him with the Los Angeles Avengers through the 2006 season, head coach Ed Hodgkiss announced today.

    “Lonnie is a local Southern California guy and is very important to this team,” said Hodgkiss, who has led the Avengers to the playoffs in each of his three years at the helm. “He has become one of the best fullback/linebackers in the league and a bit of a leader on our club. Lonnie is going into his third year with us and should be even more of an impact player at his position.”

    Ford (6-foot-2, 260 pounds) led the Avengers with five rushing touchdowns last season and finished with 124 all-purpose yards (85 rushing and 39 receiving), 19.5 tackles (4.5 for losses), five batted down passes, two blocked kicks, 1.5 quarterback sacks and a fumble recovery.

    At the University of Southern California, Ford played both offense and defense. He was selected as USC’s “Defensive Lineman of the Year” and to the All-Pacific-10 Conference second team in 2001, after making 40 tackles, including 14 for losses of 50 yards. Ford spent his first two seasons with the Trojans (1997-98) as a tight end.

    He attended Morse High School (San Diego, Calif.). The San Diego Union-Tribune named Ford its “Male Athlete of the Year” in 1997.

    The Avengers went 9-7 this past season and averaged 12,590 fans at each of their eight home games at STAPLES Center.

    Fifty dollar deposits for 2005 Avenger season tickets are now being accepted at 1-888-AVENGERS or online at

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  • DJRamFan
    Greg Hopkins Signs Contract Extension With Avengers
    by DJRamFan
    LOS ANGELES -- Greg Hopkins, a perennial “Ironman of the Year” candidate and one of the top wide receiver/linebackers in Arena Football League history, has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him with the Los Angeles Avengers through the 2006 season, head coach Ed Hodgkiss announced today.

    “Greg is a leader on and off the field,” said Hodgkiss, who has led the Avengers to the playoffs in each of his three years at the helm. “He is very important to this team and is arguably the greatest player to play his position. Greg is a future Hall of Famer and we want to keep him in Los Angeles until the end of his career.”

    Hopkins (6-foot-2, 205 pounds), who has nine years of AFL experience, was one of three players to start all 16 games for the Avengers last season. He hauled in 66 receptions for 745 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2004. Hopkins also rushed for three touchdowns and scored a total of 98 points. Defensively, he finished with 40 tackles (2.5 for losses), three pass deflections, three interceptions and one quarterback sack.

    “By signing for two more seasons, I hope to find a way to help our team play up to its potential,” Hopkins said. “We have shown flashes of greatness at times, I want to do this each and every game.”

    The 2002 AFL “Ironman of the Year,” Hopkins has caught 677 passes in his career for 8,465 yards and 168 touchdowns. He ranks seventh on the league’s all-time list in catches, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. In addition, Hopkins has accounted for 292.5 tackles, 20 interceptions and nine defensive scores.

    A four-year letterman at Slippery Rock University, Hopkins was one of the nation’s top Division II receivers. He was named to the All-America and All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference teams for three consecutive years and owns nine school records.

    The Avengers went 9-7 this past season and averaged 12,590 fans at each of their eight home games at STAPLES Center.

    Fifty dollar deposits for 2005 Avenger season tickets are now being accepted at 1-888-AVENGERS or online at
    -07-13-2004, 08:50 AM
  • DJRamFan
    Cardinal Opens Pac-10 Play vs. Oregon
    by DJRamFan
    Stanford returns to action after a bye last week

    Sept. 25, 2005

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    Date: October 1, 2005

    Kickoff: 2:00 pm

    Site: Stanford, CA

    Television: No live television

    Radio: KNEW, 910 am (Tim Roye, Bob Murphy)

    Campus Radio: KZSU, 90.1 fm

    Internet: (live audio, live stats)

    The Series: Stanford leads series 43-24-1

    Last Meeting: Oregon 16, Stanford 13, at Stanford, 11/23/04

    Series Notes: Oregon has won last three meetings


    Cardinal Opens Pac-10 Play at Home Against Oregon

    Stanford (1-1) opens the Pacific-10 Conference season on Saturday, October 1 with a home date against Oregon (3-1, 0-1) ... The Cardinal is coming off a bye week after opening the season with a road win at Navy and a home loss to UC Davis ... Stanford will play eight consecutive conference games and the season finale vs. Notre Dame ... The Ducks got off to a 3-0 start and were ranked No. 25 in the nation before losing last Saturday to top-ranked USC, 45-13 ... The Ducks led early 13-0 before the Trojans scored 45 unanswered points ... ...Oregon won its three non-conference games against Houston, Montana and Fresno State while averaging over 40 points scored in those games ... The Ducks have won the last three meetings with Stanford, including a 16-13 win at Stanford Stadium last season.

    Stanford to Honor Hall of Fame Class of 2005

    Stanford's Hall of Fame Class of 2005 will be honored at halftime on Saturday's game against Oregon ... The group of seven individuals and an Olympic Crew will be formally inducted in the Hall of Fame on Friday, September 30 ... The Class includes men's basketball coach Mike Montgomery, currently the head coach of the Golden State Warriors, women's tennis All-American and NCAA champion Sandra Birch, All-American and U.S. Olympic water polo player Doug Burke, football All-American Ed Cummings, baseball All-American Eric Hardgrave, All-American, Olympian and NCAA swimmer Janel Jorgensen, Chuck Evans, one of the school's all-time great football players, and a group of Olympic rowers that includes Conn Findlay, Kurt Seiffert, Kent Mitchell and Ed Ferry.

    Remaining Schedule Includes Five Ranked Teams

    Stanford's remaining schedule includes five teams currently ranked among the nation's top-25 who have combined for a 16-2 record to date ... The Cardinal's final nine opponents have an aggregate record of 25-8 and a winning percentage of .758 ... Among Stanford's future opponents are No. 1 ranked USC (3-0), No. 11 Cal (4-0), No. 14 Notre Dame (3-1), No. 15 Arizona State (3-1) and No. 20 UCLA...
    -09-25-2005, 04:11 PM
  • Nick
    Panthers sign safety Minter to a four-year extension
    by Nick

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Carolina Panthers signed eight-year veteran Mike Minter to a four-year contract extension Friday, likely assuring the local favorite will finish his career with the team that drafted him.

    Terms of the contract were not immediately available.

    "It's rare when a player can start and finish his career with the same team, but we're glad that is the case with Mike," Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said. "Mike has been a guy who has been a strong leader in this locker room for a long time and an important member of the organization and we're glad to reach an agreement on a long-term deal."

    Minter has started the last seven seasons at strong safety for the Panthers, but there was some question about his future with the team after Carolina drafted Georgia strong safety Thomas Davis in the first round of this year's NFL draft.

    Head coach John Fox dispelled those myths earlier this year when he declared Minter was a "valuable member of the defense."

    Minter started all 16 games at strong safety in 2004 and had 94 tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble, fumble recoveries and a team-leading 13 passes defended.

    Minter was drafted out of Nebraska by the Panthers in the second round of the 1997 NFL draft. He is the franchise's all-time leader with 790 tackles, 15 forced fumbles, nine fumble recoveries, four interception returns for touchdowns and 371 interception return yards. He is second with 15 career interceptions and 109 games started, and third with 116 games played overall.

    He led Carolina in tackles three times and accumulated more than 100 stops for four consecutive seasons from 2000-03, including a career-high 142 -- the third-highest single-season total in team history -- in 2000.

    In 2003, he tied the team single-season record with two interception returns for touchdowns.

    "I have always wanted to play and finish my career with the first team that I went to," Minter said. "I have been through some lean years here and I feel like the best is about to come and I want to be part of that. Plus, my family and I have been here for eight years, and we have established some deep roots."
    -06-11-2005, 12:39 PM
  • RamWraith
    We signed Denzel Washington's son
    by RamWraith
    Denzel Washington's son among non-draftees to sign
    By R.B. FALLSTROM, AP Sports Writer
    May 1, 2006

    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Signing the son of actor Denzel Washington on Monday ensured the St. Louis Rams of making a splash the day after the NFL draft ended.

    John David Washington, a 5-10, 200-pound running back was among 10 undrafted players signed by the Rams after playing for Division II Morehouse College last year.

    Washington had a school-record 1,198 yards with a 5.6-yard average and nine touchdowns, and added 10 receptions for 69 yards is senior year. He also ended his career as the school's single-game (242 yards) and career (3,699) leading rusher.

    Washington led the conference in rushing last season, and was named national player of the week by last season.

    Another unusual addition was Connecticut basketball player Ed Nelson, a 6-8 forward who hasn't played football since his freshman year of high school, as a tight end. Nelson played 29 games as a reserve at UConn after transferring from Georgia Tech, averaging three points and three rebounds.

    The Rams also signed kicker Josh Cummings of Pittsburgh, centers Mike Degory of Florida and Donovan Raiola of Wisconsin, tight end Jonathan Williams of New Hampshire, running back Antoine Bagwell of California (Pa.), defensive end Kory Lothe of Eastern Illinois, defensive tackle Tim Sandidge of Virginia Tech and wide receiver Clinton Solomon of Iowa.
    -05-01-2006, 03:13 PM
  • DJRamFan
    Kevin Swayne Re-Signed
    by DJRamFan
    OS Will Return for 2005 Season

    (July 1) In the wake of the annual AFL summer roster freeze, the Dragons announced today that offensive specialist Kevin Swayne has re-signed with the team for two seasons. As per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. Swayne originally rejoined the Dragons this past season after spending a successful three-year career in the NFL with the New York Jets.

    "The story on Kevin Swayne is that he’s not only an elite offensive specialist, but that he also has the team leadership quality that pulls teams together for a common goal,” said Dragons Director of Player Personnel Rory Vacco. “Bringing Kevin back puts the organization right on track to bring New York an Arena Football championship."

    The 2005 season will be Swayne’s third with the Dragons and fifth overall with the franchise. He started his AFL career with the Iowa Barnstormers in 1998 and was named to the league’s All-Rookie Team at OS. The 1999 season saw him continue to grow as a receiver as he caught 98 passes for 32 touchdowns. His breakout season occurred in the Dragons inaugural 2001 season when he made 131 receptions for 1890 yards and 43 touchdowns. On July 7 of that year, Swayne tied an AFL single-game record with seven touchdown catches in the Dragons’ 99-68 victory over the Carolina Cobras. He is also the Dragons/Barnstormers career leader in yards gained with 4,719 and touchdown receptions with 95.

    After his record-breaking 2001 AFL season, Swayne went onto sign with the Jets for their 2001 campaign. During that season he played in 15 games and started in two. He finished his first full NFL season with 13 receptions for 203 yards, which included his stellar Week 14 performance when he made four receptions for 74 yards against the Cincinnati Bengals. The 2002 season also saw him play in 15 games and for the second straight season he averaged 15.6 yards per catch. Also in 2002, he played in his first NFL post-season game in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. In the Jets loss to the Oakland Raiders, Swayne made one reception for 12 yards.

    The 2003 season saw Swayne make a big impact on Monday Night Football in the Jets 24-17 win over the Tennessee Titians. In the third quarter of the game, Swayne caught a 27-yard pass from QB Chad Pennington, which gave the Jets their first lead of the game. The play was one of the highlights of the game and with his touchdown the Jets would go on to win the contest in front of a national audience.

    In total, Swayne’s three seasons saw him play in 45 games with two starts. He caught 20 passes for 310 yards and one touchdown.

    Aside from the Jets, Swayne also spent time with three other NFL squads. In 1997, he was signed by Chicago Bears and attended their pre-season camp before being one of the last players released prior to the start of the regular season. Later that season he...
    -07-05-2004, 01:33 PM