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Raiders center released from San Diego hospital

Compiled from Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published January 29, 2003

SAN JOSE -- Raiders center Barret Robbins was released from a San Diego-area hospital Tuesday.

The 6-foot-3, 320-pound lineman spent two days in the hospital under the care of NFL doctors after he was banished from the Super Bowl and the team hotel Sunday morning for missing the previous day's meetings and practices. The New York Daily News reported Robbins had been under a suicide watch, but Robbins' agent, Drew Pittman, said late Monday that he had heard no information to that effect. Robbins had stopped taking his medicine for depression and bipolar disorder, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Former Giant rejects plea

Former Giants player Jeremiah Parker rejected a plea bargain in a case in which he was charged in the beating death of his girlfriend's 4-year-old son.

Parker, charged with aggravated manslaughter, turned down a deal that called for him to receive a seven-year prison sentence and would have left him eligible for parole in about 18 months.

GIANTS: After insisting this month he was not seeking a trade, running back Ron Dayne said this week "it would definitely be better for me if they let me go somewhere I can play." Dayne said in an interview posted on the Web site of Giant Insider magazine that he does not want to stay if it means continuing as a seldom-used backup behind Tiki Barber.

PANTHERS: Todd Sauerbrun wants to be the league's highest-paid punter, which would mean about $1.7-million a season. He will become a free agent March 1.

BETTING: The $71.6-million wagered on the Super Bowl fell short of the amount many of the sports books had anticipated. State officials and directors of Nevada's legal sports books had hoped the game would break the $77.2-million betting record set in 1998.

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