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All-Pro team has 4 Colts, 4 Seahawks

THE BALTIMORE SUN

San Diego's Antonio Gates was the only unanimous choice to the Associated Press 2005 All-Pro team featuring four players each from conference leaders Indianapolis and Seattle.

The Chargers' brilliant tight end drew all 50 votes in balloting by a nationwide panel of sportswriters and broadcasters who cover the NFL. Gates also made the team last year, with 32 1/2 votes.

He's joined by NFL Most Valuable Player Shaun Alexander. The Seattle running back, who also won the AP Offensive Player of the Year award, received 49 votes. And Chicago linebacker Brian Urlacher, the Defensive Player of the Year, also was chosen on 49 ballots.

"This whole season was a blessing," said Urlacher, who rebounded from leg injuries in 2004 to lead the Bears to the NFC North crown.

Alexander made the team for the first time, while Urlacher was chosen for the third.

Peyton Manning was the All-Pro quarterback for the third straight time, getting 37 votes. He was joined by Colts center Jeff Saturday, defensive end Dwight Freeney and safety Bob Sanders. It was the first selection for Saturday and Sanders.

The other Seahawks were tackle Walter Jones, guard Steve Hutchinson and fullback Mack Strong.

Chiefs -- Herman Edwards was hired as coach of the team, replacing the retired Dick Vermeil and inheriting a team that barely missed the playoffs. The Chiefs will give Edwards' former team, the New York Jets, a fourth-round draft pick as compensation.

Obituary -- Jack Snow, a star wide receiver for the Los Angeles Rams and a longtime team broadcaster, died Monday night, the club said. He was 62. Snow had been hospitalized on and off for the past two months with a staph infection. Snow, the father of Gold Glove first baseman J.T. Snow, was an analyst on the Rams' radio broadcasts even before the team moved to St. Louis 10 years ago. He was last in the booth Nov. 20 during a home loss to Arizona. Snow had been with the Rams virtually since being drafted out of Notre Dame in 1965. He spent 11 years as a player with the team when it was in Los Angeles, retiring in 1975.

Jets -- Looking to replace Edwards, the Jets are talking to Jim Haslett, Mike Tice and Joe Vitt, all of whom were head coaches in the NFL this season. General manager Terry Bradway said Haslett, fired last week by New Orleans, spoke with Jets officials yesterday. He said the team also will talk to Tice, Minnesota's former coach, and Vitt, who went 4-7 as interim coach of the Rams when Mike Martz left to have a heart ailment treated. Bradway also said ex-Green Bay coach Mike Sherman might be in for a later interview.

Giants -- Coach Tom Coughlin and running back Tiki Barber appeared to have resolved their differences over remarks Barber made after Sunday's NFC wild-card game loss to Carolina. Barber said after the game that the Giants were out-coached by Carolina's John Fox, a former Giants defensive coordinator. Coughlin was displeased with the comments, and expressed that after calling Barber in to look at game films of the 23-0 loss.

Cowboys -- Former Dallas defensive back Dwayne Goodrich was sentenced to five more years in prison for three counts of failure to stop and render aid in the 2003 hit-and-run deaths of two good Samaritans. Goodrich is serving a 7 1/2 -year sentence for criminally negligent homicide after hitting two men as they were pulling a man from a burning car along a Dallas interstate.

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