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Bucs' owner holds almost nine percent

10/8/2003

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer increased his stake in English soccer club Manchester United for
the second time this month Wednesday.

Glazer now owns 8.94 percent of the reigning Premier League
champion, the club said. Glazer increased his share holdings from
3.17 percent to 5.92 percent last week.

The announcement comes a day after Manchester United reported
that Irish racehorse owners J.P. McManus and John Magnier boosted
their share to 23.15 percent, triggering speculation the club could
be the target of a takeover bid.

McManus and Magnier purchased their shares after British Sky
Broadcasting sold its 9.9 percent stake in the club.

Manchester United confirmed the transfer of shares to Cubic
Expression Co. Ltd., an investment company owned by the two
Irishmen.

The world's wealthiest soccer team, which has commercial ties to
the New York Yankees, announced pretax profits of $64.84 million
for last season.

Seattle Seahawks: Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren says cornerback
Shawn Springs is recovering quickly from a broken right shoulder
blade.

He's returning to practice but is still doubtful for the game
against the San Francisco 49ers in Seattle.

Springs was hurt in Seattle's final exhibition game at Denver
and was expected to be out eight weeks.

Cornerback Marcus Trufant is nursing a sore knee and safety Ken
Hamlin has a nagging left foot, but Holmgren says both should
practice by Friday and play on Sunday.

Dallas Cowboys: Tight end Tony McGee has returned to the Cowboys, who had released him during the final round of cuts
before the season.

McGee, who played 10 seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals before joining the
Cowboys last season, was signed Tuesday. To make room on the
roster, the team cut defensive tackle Michael Myers, a 1998
fourth-round pick who started 25 games.

The Cowboys need help at tight end after rookie Jason Witten
broke his jaw in Sunday's 24-7 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.

Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings signed free agent defensive end Talance Sawyer Wednesday and released rookie
defensive tackle Colin Cole to make room.

Sawyer played in 36 games, starting 32, for the Vikings from
1999 to 2002. Ankle and knee injuries cut short his season last
year after two games.

Sawyer has 11 career sacks since being drafted by Minnesota in
the sixth round of the 1999 draft out of UNLV.

Cole played collegiately at Iowa. He has spent time on the
practice squad and the active roster but didn't appear in any
games.