Bubba Paris of the San Francisco 49ers can't understand how he ended up on a list of "the 10 dirtiest players in the NFL" published by The National sports daily Tuesday.

"I'm a good Christian," said Paris.

The list also includes Atlanta's Scott Case and Bill Fralic and Philadelphia's Andre Waters.


Raleigh-Durham was awarded a franchise in the World League of American Football. George Shinn, who owns Charlotte's NBA franchise, will own the WLAF entry.


Bengals QB Boomer Esiason criticized the NFL after fines were announced concerning the Patriots harassing a woman reporter in their locker room.

"It was kind of like {Bengals Coach} Sam {Wyche} is being charged with murder when all he's committed is a misdemeanor," Esiason said. "And they're being charged with a misdemeanor when they've committed a felony."

NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue on Tuesday fined the Patriots $25,000 and players Robert Perryman, Zeke Mowatt and Michael Timpson a total of $22,500 for the Sept. 17 harassment of Boston Herald sportswriter Lisa Olson.

Tagliabue fined Wyche $27,941 for barring sportswriter Denise Tom from the Bengals' locker room after an Oct. 1 game in Seattle.


The atmosphere surrounding Monday's game between the 49ers and Giants intensified as 49ers coach George Seifert barred out-of-town media from watching his team's afternoon practice yesterday. The ban apparently was provoked when former Giant Harry Carson, now a New York television reporter, attended the morning session.