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Dolphins kicker ends holdout NFL probes Dickerson shove


The Miami Dolphins signed holdout kicker Pete Stoyanovich yesterday, leaving them with one unsigned player.

Terms of the contract were not disclosed, but Stoyanovich reportedly had been asking for about $500,000 over two years, and both sides were close.

Charlie Baumann took Stoyanovich's place in Sunday's loss to Buffalo, and his agents had requested a trade. But his 21-for-25 record last year was a valuable asset.

The third-year pro will not dress for tomorrow's home game against Indianapolis, and the team is seeking a two-week roster exemption, spokesman Rodney Wood said.

The signing leaves defensive lineman Brian Sochia the lone holdout.

* COLTS: The NFL has been asked to investigate a report that Eric Dickerson, angered by a question in a locker-room interview, shoved a sports writer before being restrained by a teammate.

Tom Rietmann of the Indianapolis News, who has covered the Colts since they moved to Indianapolis in 1984, asked Dickerson on Thursday about his return to Los Angeles on Sept. 15, when the Colts meet the Raiders. Dickerson was obtained from the Rams in a 1987 trade, and Los Angeles fans booed him when he returned there with the Colts in 1989.

After not responding to one of the questions, Dickerson began shouting obscenities at Rietmann and accused him of looking only for controversial stories, according to the News.

Rietmann asked him why he would say that, then Dickerson shoved him back several feet, knocking him off-balance. Dickerson was restrained by cornerback Eugene Daniel.

Although Colts coach Ron Meyer and general manager Jim Irsay both offered public apologies for the incident, Dickerson left the locker room without a word. Rietmann declined to comment.

According to a Colts spokesman, the league office has been notified, and the situation is being reviewed.

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