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NFL Europe season starts April 2

Arizona Cardinals: The club allocated eight
players to NFL Europe teams, including running back Larry Croom,
who started one game last season.

The others on a list released Monday were: tight end Bobby
Blizzard; cornerbacks Clarence Curry and Tryone Sanders;
quarterback Chris Lewis; safety Adrian Mayes; wide receiver Luke
Powell, and defensive end Antonio Smith.

Blizzard, Croom and Smith are headed for the Hamburg Sea Devils.
Lewis and Sanders will play for the Cologne Centurions and Curry
and Powell for the Rhein Fire. Mayes was allocated to the Berlin
Thunder.

The European teams open training camp Feb. 25 in Tampa, Fla.,
and start the regular season on April 2.

San Francisco 49ers: Former
Purdue assistant Gary Emanuel was hired as defensive line coach.

Emanuel spent the past eight seasons at Purdue, where he most
recently coached the defensive ends. He also spent three seasons
coaching the defensive line at Washington State and four seasons at
Syracuse.

Emanuel spent four training camps as a member of the NFL
Minority Fellowship program.

San Francisco also hired Johnny Parker as its strength and
conditioning coach. Parker spent the 2002 season in Tampa Bay,
helping the Buccaneers win the Super Bowl. He has been in the
private sector the last two years.

Chicago Bears: The team has agreed to terms
on a six-year contract with long snapper Patrick Mannelly.

Mannelly would have been an unrestricted free agent following
the 2005 season, now he will be under contract through 2010.

The seven-year veteran played in all 16 games for the Bears
during the 2004 season, snapping on all punts, extra points and
fields goals. He had 11 special teams tackles.

The sixth-round draft pick in 1998 helped Chicago set an NFL
record for most consecutive unblocked punts at 920 -- a record set
from 1990 to 2003.