Chris Cooper and Barret Robbins of the Oakland Raiders and free agent Dana Stubblefield have been fined three game checks by the NFL for testing positive for the steroid THG.
They also were placed on "reasonable-cause testing" for the rest of their careers, and will be suspended for eight games if they test positive for any steroid again.
The action was the result of an agreement announced yesterday by the NFL and the players' union that has been pending since October. Cooper and Stubblefield are defensive linemen, and Robbins is a center.
A fourth player, linebacker Bill Romanowski, also tested positive, although the league didn't identify him by name. He announced his retirement after last season, and his case is still pending.
Robbins's fine totals $234,375, based on his 2004 salary of $1.25 million. Cooper's fine is $187,500, based on a salary of $1 million. Stubblefield's fine will be determined by his salary when or if he signs.
All four players were with the Raiders at the time they were tested and when THG was identified.
Stubblefield and Cooper, along with teammates Tyrone Wheatley, a running back, and Chris Hetherington, a fullback, all appeared before a grand jury investigating a nutritional supplements lab -- the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative (BALCO) -- which has been at the center of a steroids controversy in several sports.
The NFL said they were the only positive samples in 1,700 retests of every sample taken before Oct. 6. The league also said there were no positive samples in more than 4,000 tests since that date.
* BASKETBALL: The Los Angeles Clippers traded Melvin Ely and Eddie House to the expansion Charlotte Bobcats for second-round draft picks.
* TENNIS: Greg Rusedski, Nicolas Kiefer and Cyril Saulnier advanced to the quarterfinals of the Mercedes-Benz Cup in Los Angeles. Rusedski ran his winning streak to seven matches with a 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6-2) victory over Karol Beck. . . . Top-seeded Venus Williams advanced to the quarterfinals of the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, Calif., with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Lindsay Lee-Waters.
* HOCKEY: Jeremy Roenick of the Philadelphia Flyers withdrew from the U.S. World Cup team because of unspecified health reasons and was replaced by Scott Gomez of the New Jersey Devils.
* BASEBALL: The Frederick Keys' Class A road game against the Wilmington Blue Rocks was rained out last night. The teams will play a doubleheader tonight at 6:05.
-- From News Services