Quarterback Jon Kitna came up six snaps short of a $1.6 million bonus, and the Cincinnati Bengals aren't going to call it close enough.
Kitna needed to play in 61 snaps on Sunday to have a bonus clause in his contract kick in for next season. He came up six short during a 27-9 loss in Buffalo.
Kitna's contract includes a $1 million salary for next season that would have increased by $1.6 million if he was in 80 percent of the offensive plays this season. He didn't become the starter until the fifth game of the season.
Owner Mike Brown said yesterday that Kitna didn't reach 80 percent, so he won't get the money.
"I don't know that it is fair to say to us that if he came close, he should get it, any more than it would be fair to say to him, 'Gee, you just got over the wire, why don't you give it back?' It's a deal, and whatever the deal is, that is the way it will come down," Brown said.
Kitna ruined his chances of reaching 80 percent by throwing two interceptions in the final three minutes. He wasn't upset that the team was holding fast to the 80 percent threshold.
"I expect nothing less," he said. "You guys know my feelings. If I was supposed to get that money, I would have gotten that money." . . .
Oakland Raiders tight end Roland Williams has a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, a complete tear of the medial collateral ligament and possible meniscus damage -- but he still might play in the postseason. Coach Bill Callahan said that the team's trainers believe Williams could be ready when the AFC's top seed opens the playoffs in two weeks. . . .
Detroit Lions cornerback Todd Lyght retired, one day after his 12th NFL season ended.
Davis Suspended One Game
Indiana Coach Mike Davis was suspended for one game for his on-court outburst at a referee during a loss to Kentucky this month. The Big Ten Conference said it accepted Indiana's recommendation for the punishment. The conference also publicly reprimanded Davis and told him to write an apology to the officials who worked the Dec. 21 game.
Davis will miss tonight's game when the Hoosiers (8-2) play at Ball State. He had faced up to a six-game suspension under Big Ten rules.
Clemens Returns to Yankees
Roger Clemens returned to the New York Yankees, agreeing to a one-year, $10.1 million contract.
Clemens will not start receiving his salary until 2004 and will not get the entire amount until 2014, making the present-day value of the contract about $8.1 million, according to calculations by the commissioner's office.
"Once we knew something was going to happen in New York, there was no other choice for me," Clemens said.
Sweeping Success for U.S.
Top-ranked Serena Williams and James Blake won their opening singles matches and combined for a win in mixed doubles to lead the United States to a 3-0 victory over Uzbekistan at the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia.
Williams overpowered Iroda Tulyaganova, 6-3, 6-2, and Blake rallied to beat Oleg Ogorodov, 2-6, 7-5, 6-1. Williams and Blake combined for a 6-3, 6-1 win in the mixed doubles.
Alvarez Pulls His Punches
Rosendo Alvarez has pulled out of his fight with Bebis Mendoza on Saturday night at the D.C. Armory because of an undisclosed injury.
The third meeting between Alvarez, the WBA 108-pound champion, and Mendoza, the organization's No. 1 contender, was set to be the co-main event on a card headlined by DeMarcus Corley's defense of his WBO 140-pound title against Randall Bailey.
Alvarez, who has a history of problems making weight, will be replaced by an undetermined opponent. The new co-feature event will have IBF 115-pound champion Felix Machado (23-3-1) defending his title against Luis Perez (20-1).