COOKE COUP: Former Redskins owner John Kent Cooke broke his silence on the sale of the team to Daniel M. Snyder in a three-minute interview with Channel 5 sportscaster Brett Haber Tuesday. How Haber got the story is a story in itself.

Haber and his wife were in Bermuda over the Labor Day weekend to attend the wedding of a Channel 5 colleague. Knowing that Cooke has taken up residence there, Haber spent a lot of time trying to track him down, to no avail.

While waiting in line for his return flight to BWI Airport, there was Cooke, also about to get on the same plane. Haber spoke with him briefly and asked if Cooke would go on camera with him when they landed. When Cooke agreed, Haber dashed to a telephone, called his newsroom and arranged for a camera crew to meet him at the airport when he landed.

"I'd like to say it was brilliant work on our part to find him," Haber said. "Basically, we got lucky."

NEW HIRE: Channel 7 has been talking to veteran Redskins cornerback Darrell Green about appearing on its news broadcasts Mondays and Fridays to talk about the team. Green will be paid for his appearances, continuing an odious trend in this city and around the league of compensating sports news-makers to appear on so-called news shows. Channel 4 is doing it, too, with Coach Norv Turner and quarterback Brad Johnson making appearances on its news shows at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Mondays.