Paul Tagliabue will remain as NFL commissioner through the 2007 season.

Tagliabue has officially agreed to the new deal, announced last March, to extend his current contract that would have expired after next season, league officials said yesterday.

Tagliabue will be 67 when the contract expires -- he would have retired at 65 had he stuck to his current deal. The new one is expected to pay him around $8 million a year, putting him on a level with NBA Commissioner David Stern as the highest-paid chief executives in professional sports.

The deal has been approved unanimously by the NFL's 32 owners. Tagliabue took over after Pete Rozelle stepped down in March 1989. . . .

Eddie George, Tennessee's all-time leading rusher, rejected the Titans' latest offer and asked the team to release him quickly so he can seek a job with a new team.

George and his agent, Lamont Smith, considered the Titans' offer over the weekend, but the proposal had not changed significantly from what the team initially offered in March. Tennessee's proposal is approximately $1.5 million for one season, down from the $4.25 million in his contract that went through 2006.

"I'm not accepting it," George told the Associated Press last night. "My expectation when making the decision is to be released."

George, 30, has rushed for 10,009 yards, including 1,031 last season. . . .

The New England Patriots signed nose tackle Vince Wilfork, the 21st overall pick in this year's draft, to a six-year contract that could be worth more than $18 million.

* RAVENS TICKETS: Single-game tickets for the Baltimore Ravens' upcoming season will be put on sale Friday at 10 a.m. and team officials anticipate the eight regular season games will sell out by the end of the day. All sales will be handled by TicketMaster.

* AUTO RACING: Dale Earnhardt Jr. was released from the hospital yesterday in Sacramento, one day after being burned on the face and legs in a crash during a warmup for an American Le Mans Series race in Sonoma, Calif. He was treated for second-degree burns on both legs and on his chin.

* OBITUARY: Jones Ramsey, who served as sports information director under football coaches Paul "Bear" Bryant at Texas A&M and Darrell Royal at Texas, died yesterday in Austin after a heart attack . He was 83.

* PRO BASKETBALL: Mwadi Mabika scored 14 of her 18 points in the first 10 minutes as the Los Angeles Sparks routed the visiting Indiana Fever, 82-51, in a matchup of WNBA conference leaders. Lisa Leslie paced the Sparks with 23 points and 10 rebounds.

* LOCALLY: Lyndra Littles, a 6-foot rising senior guard-forward at Carroll High, has unofficially committed to play women's basketball for Virginia, Carroll Coach Clinton Perrow said. Littles averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Lions last winter.

"It wasn't so much the program as the people," Littles said of her decision. "I felt like I could communicate well with them. They were the first school that told me that I have to earn my playing time."

-- From News Services and Staff Reports

Tampa Bay forward Ruslan Fedotenko proudly displays the Stanley Cup in Kiev, capital of his native Ukraine, yesterday. He scored both Lightning goals in Game 7 clincher against Calgary.