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Thursday, March 8, 2001 at 1:00am

Aikman waived by Cowboys

Ending a 12-year association with the quarterback who led them to three Super Bowl titles, the Dallas Cowboys waived Troy Aikman Wednesday, amid questions about his health. The 34-year-old quarterback endured 10 concussions in his career, the last one coming Dec. 10 when he was steamrolled by Washington Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington, which ended his season. Aikman has said he wants to continue playing and his high salary figure and health concerns posed a problem to Cowboys management. In his career, Aikman has passed for 32,942 yards and thrown for 165 touchdowns along with 141 interceptions.

LB Coakley re-signs with Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys ended a pattern of losing linebackers through free agency when they signed linebacker Dexter Coakley to a six-year, $25 million contract along with a $5.5 million signing bonus. Dallas had lost 13 linebackers, its most at any position, since the free agency period began in 1989. The 28-year-old Coakley was a third-round draft pick in 1997 who became a starter as a rookie and made the Pro Bowl in 1999. He has started all 48 games in his career.

Radio Shack hires Rodriguez as spokesperson

Alex Rodriguez has already seen benefits to signing the richest contract in baseball history with the Texas Rangers without playing in a regular season game for them yet. Radio Shack, the electronics giant, announced Wednesday they had signed the shortstop to a three-year endorsement contract. It is the first endorsement deal for Rodriguez since signing a 10-year, $252 million contract with the Rangers. Radio Shack also announced a three-year sponsorship deal with Major League Baseball and will be the primary sponsor of July

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