The Kansas City Chiefs signed free agent wide receiver Freddie Mitchell yesterday, a month after the Eagles released the troublesome player.

Mitchell was at Chiefs minicamp in street clothes but will begin practicing today, Coach Dick Vermeil said.

"We're very happy to have him here and I think he's happy to be here," Vermeil said. "He's in a good frame of mind."

Mitchell, who played in 63 games in four seasons at Philadelphia, fell into disfavor with Eagles coaches and teammates after making a series of controversial and inflammatory statements.

He insulted the Patriots secondary before the Super Bowl, and also called out New England Coach Bill Belichick. He also criticized his teammates for not backing him and blasted quarterback Donovan McNabb for not throwing to him more.

Mitchell, picked in the first round out of UCLA in 2001, also labeled himself with a seemingly endless list of self-promoting nicknames like "the People's Champ," "FredEx," and "First-Down Freddie." But he hardly produced, catching 90 passes for 1,263 yards and 5 touchdowns in his career.

* HIGH SCHOOLS: Homer High School of Battle Creek, Mich., had its national prep winning streak stopped at 75 games in a 7-6 loss to Saginaw Nouvel in the state Division 3 baseball final. Homer broke the national record for the longest winning streak in high school baseball with its 71st straight victory on June 4, beating the mark of 70 set by La Cueva, N.M., this season and recognized by the National Federation of State High School Associations. The Trojans won the state championship last year with a 38-0 record.

* PRO BASKETBALL: Miami Heat center Shaquille O'Neal agrees with the critics of the NBA Finals matchup.

"I think it's boring," O'Neal told ESPN. "It would have been better if we were there. The ratings would have been better. The games would have been better. There would have been more entertainers at the game. It would have been fun.

"But, I don't know, who am I? I didn't make it, so I don't have room to talk."

* HORSE RACING: Favorite Rocknroll Hanover beat Stonebridge Regal by a length in the North America Cup harness race at Woodbine in Toronto.

Rocknroll Hanover, driven by Brian Sears, took over after the first quarter and held off a late charge by Stonebridge Regal, finishing in 1 minute 49.4 seconds.

The Cup is North America's richest harness race at $1.2 million, and attracts the continent's finest 3-year-old pacers.

-- From News Services