WHO, ME?

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.

WLAF BULLS AHEAD:

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.

FIT THE CRIME:

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.

NO PEEKING:

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.