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May 05, 2003
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CLAIMED Off waivers by the Packers, 2001 Heisman Trophy winner
Eric Crouch. The former Nebraska quarterback hasn't played since
last September, when he left the Rams' camp and returned a
$395,000 signing bonus because St. Louis wanted him to play wide
receiver. The Rams had taken Crouch in the third round of the
2002 draft. Crouch, who was living in Omaha and training, was to
report to minicamp this week, and Green Bay is hoping he can win
a job as a backup signal-caller to Brett Favre. "On the day the
Packers called, I had been planning to head to Toronto, to try to
play for the Canadian Football League," says Crouch. "I really
couldn't believe someone was giving me this chance."

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SELECTED By the Texans in the sixth round of the NFL draft,
former Michigan quarterback and current Yankees farmhand Drew
Henson, who would likely have been the top pick in the 2001 NFL
draft had he stuck with football. Though Henson, 23, says he
won't play in the NFL--last week he said asking him about a
return to his former sport was a "stupid question"--Texans G.M.
Charley Casserly took a flier on the passer. "He was rated as a
franchise quarterback," Casserly said. "You're in the sixth round
and that player is there, you take him." In his last year at
Michigan, Henson threw for 2,146 yards and 18 touchdowns. But he
got a six-year, $17 million deal from the Yankees, who saw him as
a potential star at third base. Henson is hitting .167 with
Triple A Columbus. Should he go back to football, the Yankees
would not be obligated to pay him the $12 million they owe him if
he stays with baseball until 2006.

REVEALED In court papers reviewed by SI, key witnesses and
documents that federal prosecutors will use to try to revive
bribery and fraud charges against former Salt Lake City Olympics
organizers Thomas Welch and David Johnson. An Olympics ticket
broker plans to testify that Welch had him deliver $150,000 in
cash-filled envelopes to Welch at airports and hotels. The
government says documents show that while bid-committee
executives ordered Welch and Johnson to keep their campaign for
votes "squeaky clean," the two prepared lists of IOC members
whose votes were available in return for "special attention" or
"specific help." Six of the eight listed members of the IOC later
received bribes, prosecutors say. Welch and Johnson say they did
nothing illegal.

DEMOTED Cubs minor league pitcher Jae Kuk Ryu, after beaning an
osprey named Ozzy (right). During batting practice with Class A
Daytona, Ryu, 19, hurled a ball at Ozzy--who lives in the Daytona
stadium and was in his nest atop a light pole in
leftfield--damaging his right eye. Ozzy died three days later,
and because the osprey is a protected species, Ryu has been
charged with a misdemeanor that could put him in jail for 60
days. "It's a huge blow to the kid's career," said Cubs director
of player development Oneri Fleita. "He made a poor decision, and
he feels awful." Ryu, who had a 3.05 ERA in 20 innings, was sent
to the Lansing Lugnuts of the Midwest League.

DIED Of pancreatic cancer, Mike Larrabee, who won two track gold
medals as a 30-year-old at the 1964 Olympics. Larrabee, a star
prep runner in Ventura, Calif., missed the '56 Olympics after
finishing eighth in the 400 at the trials while battling the flu;
a ruptured Achilles tendon kept him out in '60. Undaunted,
Larrabee trained rigorously while working as a math teacher in
Van Nuys, Calif., and qualified for the '64 Games in Tokyo. He
won the 400--he was then the oldest man to win it at the
Games--and ran the 4 X 400 relay. In recent years Larrabee skied
avidly, climbed mountains and bred llamas for wilderness
trekking.

COLOR PHOTO: PETER READ MILLER (CROUCH) CrouchCOLOR PHOTO: NIGEL COOK/DAYTONA BEACH NEWS JOURNAL (OSPREY)