Bills Sign Jeffcoat To A 3-year Contract

Posted: February 23, 1995

Seeking a pass rusher to complement Bruce Smith, the Buffalo Bills yesterday signed Jim Jeffcoat, who will be 34 when he plays his first game for the Bills.

Jeffcoat played 12 seasons with Dallas and won two Super Bowl rings in the Cowboys' two victories over the Bills. He is the Cowboys' all-time sack leader with 94.5.

He had eight sacks last season, but only one in the final eight games.

The Bills signed Jeffcoat to a three-year deal that will pay him a little less than $1 million a season.

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Paralyzed Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Mike Frier has regained some very slight movement in his hands and feet, doctors from the University of Washington Medical Center's rehabilitation unit said.

Doctors have removed the neck brace Frier had worn since he was injured Dec. 1 in a Kirkland, Wash., car crash that involved Seahawks running backs Chris Warren and Lamar Smith.

Smith, a rookie, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of vehicular assault in the accident.

Brad Daluiso, the kickoff specialist who won the New York Giants' placekicking job late last season, has a new contract that reportedly will pay him between $1.5 million and $1.7 million over the next three years.

Daluiso took over for slumping David Treadwell in December and did not miss a field goal.

The Kansas City Chiefs and the agent for Joe Montana said the star quarterback had no plans for knee surgery, contrary to a report that an extensive operation is scheduled for next week.

"It's absolutely false," Chiefs spokesman Bob Moore said. "He has no further surgery scheduled."

The Contra Costa Times of Walnut Creek, Calif., reported yesterday that an operation to replace cartilage in Montana's left knee is tentatively set for Tuesday.

The newspaper, citing unidentified sources, said Montana's decision apparently was motivated by his concern that the Chiefs have little chance of

helping him reach a fifth Super Bowl.

SAILING

A day after winning with the closest margin of the 1995 America's Cup trials, Stars & Stripes beat Young America by 1 minute, 33 seconds off the coast of San Diego.

The victory was worth four points, pulling Stars & Stripes into a first- place tie with Young America for the Citizen Cup lead with 21 points.

On Tuesday, Stars & Stripes beat Young America by three seconds.

There are two more races left for the defenders in the third round-robin. The all-women America3 team, which has only seven points, will face Young America today and Stars & Stripes tomorrow.

BASKETBALL

Los Angeles Clippers center Elmore Spencer has been placed on the injured list with a sprained left ankle.

Spencer has averaged 7.0 points and 3.4 rebounds in 19 games, including eight starts. He missed 31 games between Dec. 5 and Feb. 4 while on the injured list with emotional and personal problems.

HOCKEY

The Chicago Blackhawks traded wingers Rich Sutter and Paul Ysebaert to the Tampa Bay Lightning for winger Jim Cummins and defensemen Jeff Buchanan and Tom Tilley.

Chicago gave up two players who combined for 61 points last season.

This season, Ysebaert has four goals and five assists in 15 games; Sutter has no points in 15 games.

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