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Rocket's Agent Says $13.2 Million Is NFL Price Tag

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If the New England Patriots plan to sign Raghib ``Rocket'' Ismail, they might have to pay him approximately $13.2 million over five years.

``We want to start where Jeff George left off,'' said Ed Abram, Ismail's agent.

George, quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts, received a five-year, $12 million contract as the No. 1 draft choice last year.

Ismail, who renounced his final season of eligibility at Notre Dame on Thursday, said he would be willing to play for the Patriots, though their 1-15 record was the worst in the NFL last year.

-- Prairie High School linebacker Jeff Bockert, a Best of the West selection, has chosen UCLA over Washington, USC and Stanford. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Bockert was rated the top linebacker prospect in the state. The UW picked up a verbal commitment from a defensive player when Eric Battle, a 6-2, 265-pound lineman from Banning High School in Wilmington, Calif., said he would be a Husky.

-- The Cal State Fullerton program is on the verge of being discontinued because of state funding problems, school president Dr. Milton A. Gordon said.

The school announced that Gordon has received an athletics council recommendation to drop the 21-year-old program, even as construction of the Titan Sports Complex, which will feature a 10,000-seat football stadium, continues on campus.

-- Former Washington Redskins quarterback Doug Williams has been named athletic director and head coach at Point Coupee (La.) Central High School.

Williams, 35, who will be paid $32,000 a year, was the first black quarterback to start in the Super Bowl when he led Washington to a 42-10 victory over Denver in 1988.

-- Washington's Jeff Pahukoa, an offensive tackle, and Charles Mincy, a defensive back, will play for the West in the annual East-West Shrine game today at Stanford.

-- Mariner High School's Ahmani Johnson, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound defensive end, has made a verbal commitment to the University of Idaho. Johnson was on the Seattle Times white-chip list.


-- Phil Mahre of Yakima led qualifying for U.S. Pro Tour races this weekend at Snow Summit, Calif., with a two-run time of 45.462 seconds - .164 faster than Austria's Bernhard Knauss, the tour leader. Yugoslavia's Tomaz Cizman was third.


The Minnesota Twins quickly filled the void left by Gary Gaetti's departure, signing free-agent third baseman Mike Pagliarulo to a one-year contract worth $600,000.

A day after Gaetti used his status as a ``new-look'' free agent to leave Minnesota for the California Angels, the Twins and Pagliarulo made their deal.

In other moves, San Diego pitcher Wes Gardner and Yankees catcher Matt Nokes signed one-year contracts, thus avoiding salary arbitration. There are 122 players still headed for arbitration.


Viktor Petrenko of the Soviet Union won his second European Figure Skating title in Sofia, Bulgaria, with a stunning jumping exhibition that included a triple axel late in his routine.


Nolan Henke had a bogey-free, 5-under-par 66 to tie Curtis Strange for the second-round lead of the Phoenix Open in Scottsdale, Ariz., suspended by darkness for the second straight day.


Jockey Angel Cordero Jr. separated his right shoulder in a spill during the fourth race at Aqueduct Race Track in Queens, N.Y., and will be out for a week.

-- Snipledo, winner of last year's Longacres Mile, was third in the $50,000 feature Santa Anita.


Ireland's Marcus O'Sullivan won the men's mile, despite a race-long fatigue, with a time of 3 minutes, 58.96 seconds at the USAir Invitational track and field meet in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Gina Procaccio held off world record holder Doina Melinte of Romania and Svetlana Kitova of the Soviet Union to win the women's mile for the second consecutive year with a time of 4:30.16.


Virgil Hill will defend his World Boxing Association light heavyweight title against Thomas Hearns on May 17 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.


The Tacoma Dome has paid the Kingdome $108,200 for 25 rolls of AstroTurf, which became available when the Kingdome installed new turf early in December.

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