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Strahan Is Voted Best on Defense

January 17, 2002|Times Wire Reports

The sack has become the most glorified defensive play in the NFL, a major reason why New York Giant end Michael Strahan was voted Wednesday the Associated Press defensive player of the year.

Strahan, who had a record 221/2 sacks, earned a seven-vote margin over Chicago linebacker Brian Urlacher.

"Only seven," Strahan said with a smile. "I'm disappointed, but I'll take it."

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Indianapolis has scheduled interviews with former Tampa Bay coach Tony Dungy and New York Jet defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell, agents for the two coaches said.... Chicago defensive tackle Ted Washington, San Francisco center Jeremy Newberry, San Diego cornerback Ryan McNeil and St. Louis offensive lineman Adam Timmerman were named replacement players for the Pro Bowl.... Green Bay cornerback Tyrone Williams received stitches for a cut on an arm suffered during a domestic disturbance. His wife, Shantel, was arrested.... Quarterback Kurt Warner missed the St. Louis Rams' workout because of flu but is expected back today....

Giant receiver Ike Hilliard testified in Gainesville, Fla., that he was bilked out of as much as $2.5 million by his agent, William "Tank" Black, who is accused in the federal fraud trial of stealing millions from players.

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