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© St. Petersburg Times, published February 11, 2001


Falcons DB shot during robbery

ATLANTA -- Falcons defensive back Elijah Williams was shot in the leg early Saturday in what police called a robbery attempt.

Williams was outside a bar in a north section of downtown Atlanta about 2 a.m. when he was shot. He was treated at Grady Memorial Hospital and released.

Williams, 25, said he was at a restaurant with some friends and had gone outside to ask the valet to get his car.

"The valet was nowhere to be found," Williams said. "The dude was about 10 yards from the door with a pistol."

He said the man told him to hand over his watch.

"I turned my back and started to walk away," Williams said. "He grabbed my shirt. We started wrestling, and I punched him off. That's when he shot me."

He said he was walking without crutches Saturday.

Police searched a southwest Atlanta apartment complex but made no arrests.

The team expressed its concern in a statement: "We've talked to him, and he is resting comfortably at home. He will be reevaluated this week."

Williams, a 5-foot-10, 182-pound cornerback, was a sixth-round draft pick out of Florida in 1998. He had a career-high 32 tackles and started three games last season.

THREE RIVERS: The stadium is scheduled to be demolished today in a 19-second burst of flashing dynamite and crumbling concrete.

Thousands of onlookers will crowd atop Mount Washington, the scenic peak that towers above Pittsburgh skyline, and in riverfront Point State Park to watch the implosion of the mammoth circular stadium, which turned 30 in July.

A monument to the days when sterile uniformity and multipurpose functionality were the touchstone of stadium planning, Three Rivers will be replaced by separate baseball and football stadiums currently rising nearby on the city's North Shore.

Built for $36-million and finished in 1970, Three Rivers became one of the nation's best-known stadiums.

The Steelers were a laughingstock of a franchise when theymoved into Three Rivers, coming off a 1-13 season and 40 years of well-documented failure in which they had never won a post-season game.

But, in one of the most remarkable turnarounds in pro sports, the team, led by the Steel Curtain defense, won an unprecedented four Super Bowls in six years and churned out a succession of Pro Football Hall of Famers.

XFL telecast interrupted

LOS ANGELES -- A power generator problem with an NBC truck at the Los Angeles Coliseum caused TV viewers to miss most of the first quarter of Saturday night's Xtreme home debut against the Chicago Enforcers.

NBC lost its feed from the Coliseum 1:45 into the contest. The network switched to the other game, San Francisco at Orlando, before restoring power to the truck. NBC rejoined the Xtreme-Enforcers game with 4:30 left in the first quarter.

The contest was the first significant pro football game in the Los Angeles area since the Raiders and Rams left after the 1994 season. The crowd was estimated at 35,000.

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XFL TODAY ON TV: Birmingham at New York/New Jersey, 4 p.m., TNN;

Las Vegas at Memphis, 7, Ch. 44.

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