Ravens owner Art Modell is seeking one or more partners to buy a minority share of the team and wants at least $150 million. He is seeking a partner so he can pay off loans and strengthen the team's financial position.

The Ravens have made all required loan payments, but fell into technical default on some promissory notes this year. The NFL hastily arranged for a one-year loan of up to $85 million, which comes due in July.

* NO REGRETS: NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue has no regrets that Houston beat out Los Angeles for an NFL franchise, he said yesterday before joining Houston business leaders for a celebratory luncheon.

"I think we understood in March that this was going to be a great opportunity to look at two really strong areas," Tagliabue said. "I don't have an ounce of reservation. I think it's great for the league, and I think the owners feel that way."

* K. WILLIAMS UPDATE: Jets DB Kevin Williams, hospitalized with a mysterious throat ailment, could be taken off a respirator by the end of the week. Jets Coach Bill Parcells, who said doctors are "cautiously optimistic" about Williams's condition, said the player improved. But Williams still is heavily sedated.

* SUSPENSION: 49ers RB Travis Jervey was suspended for four games by the NFL for violating its policy on anabolic steroids and related substances.