Bucs' owner holds almost nine percent

Updated: October 8, 2003, 4:48 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

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