Ending a season-long dispute, QB Bubby Brister and Broncos Coach Mike Shanahan shook hands on a new relationship that will keep Brister on the team next season.
Brister, 37, and his coach had their rough moments in 1999, after Shanahan abruptly removed Brister as the starting quarterback and replaced him with inexperienced Brian Griese before the final preseason game. Brister had some biting comments about the decision, and Shanahan fired back.
AN ADMISSION: When questioned by police after his arrest, Dolphins RB Cecil Collins admitted entering a neighbor's apartment after having too much to drink.
In a transcript released yesterday, Collins told police he broke into the apartment of Tina and Ronald Nolte just to look at the woman he had met at the complex's gym. Collins said he entered the Noltes' bedroom in the early hours of Dec. 16 and awakened the man, who chased him from the apartment.
LANDRY HOSPITALIZED: Former Cowboys coach Tom Landry, who has been at home fighting a form of leukemia since a few days before Thanksgiving, is back in the hospital. Landry, 75, began treatment in May for acute myelogenous leukemia, also known as AML, a cancer that impairs the production of blood cells.
STEELERS CHANGES?: Coach Bill Cowher, stung by the Steelers' worst season in 11 years, is promising massive changes that might begin at quarterback. But he drew the line at firing any assistant coaches, possibly setting up a confrontation with President Dan Rooney when the two meet shortly to evaluate a second successive losing season.
EXTRA POINTS: The Raiders want $800 million in damages, claiming they were duped into returning to Oakland after 13 years in Los Angeles by promises of sold-out games. . . . Jaguars T Tony Boselli (torn ACL) had his season officially ended when the team placed him on injured reserve. . . . Broncos offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak withdrew his name from consideration for the Patriots' coaching job.