Spurs owner willing to sell NBA interest for NFL team


San Antonio Spurs owner Red McCombs said he filed an application yesterday for ownership of an NFL franchise and indicated he would sell his interest in the NBA team if necessary.

"It has been one of my long-term goals to own and operate an NFL franchise," McCombs said in a prepared statement. "It was among the goals of the city and the citizens of San Antonio who are building the Alamodome."

The 65,000-seat domed stadium is scheduled for completion in 1993.

The city applied for an NFL expansion franchise Sept. 16, and an ownership filing was due by Oct. 1. Two NFL franchises are expected to be added in 1994.

* STEELERS: Running back Tim Worley, who is on Pittsburgh's injured reserve list with a knee injury, was released on his own recognizance yesterday after being charged with drunken driving.

Allegheny County police arrested the third-year player Wednesday at 11:50 p.m. after he got out of his car and began yelling at officers who had stopped him for speeding.

Worley, 25, was charged with drunken driving, public intoxication and failure to obey a police officer, who had told Worley to remain in his car.

Worley faces a preliminary hearing Tuesday. Police said his blood-alcohol content registered 0.11 percent, which exceeds the state's 0.10 percent legal limit.

* GIANTS: New York won't have nose tackle Erik Howard for at least the next four weeks -- and there is a good chance the Pro Bowl lineman might be gone for the season.

Howard has been tentatively scheduled to undergo surgery today for a herniated disk, said coach Ray Handley. If Howard, who was placed on injured reserve yesterday, does have an operation, Handley said the earliest he would be able to return would be two months.

* 49ERS: Nose tackle Jim Burt re-signed, coming out of retirement. Burt, who officially retired July 12 because of a chronic sore shoulder, passed his physical Wednesday and practiced with the team yesterday.

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