A federal magistrate turned down a disabled activist's request yesterday to block the Super Bowl.
Beverly Walker had sought a federal court order to prevent San Diego from hosting the Jan. 26 NFL title game at Qualcomm Stadium unless the city complied with a 2001 settlement aimed at expanding access for the disabled at the arena.
Magistrate Judge Leo Papas spent five hours touring Qualcomm Stadium earlier yesterday and found that the city had made a major effort to comply with the settlement. While the job wasn't done, Papas said the full-time use of the stadium nine months a year made it difficult for the city to complete the work.
* COWBOYS MOVE: Sean Payton, the Giants' demoted offensive coordinator who had his play-calling duties stripped by Jim Fassel earlier this season, is leaving the Giants to join Bill Parcells's staff in Dallas, the New York Daily News reported. Payton, according to league sources, will sign a three-year deal to become the Cowboys' assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach under Parcells, and an announcement could come as early as today.
* RAVENS NEWS: The Jaguars will interview the Ravens' director of college scouting for their general manager's position, according to a team source. Phil Savage will interview with owner Wayne Weaver on Saturday, the source said. Savage will be the second member of the Ravens' staff to be interviewed in Jacksonville's attempt to find someone to manage personnel. Earlier this week, Weaver interviewed Baltimore's director of pro personnel, James Harris.
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