The St. Louis Rams' long search for a return man ended yesterday when the team acquired

Dante Hall

from Kansas City for a fifth-round pick in this weekend's draft. As part of the trade, the teams swapped positions in the third round - the Chiefs moving up to 82nd overall, the Rams down to 84th.

The Rams have struggled for years on kickoff and punt returns.

Hall, 28, has returned 11 kickoffs and punts for touchdowns in his 7-year career. Brian Mitchell holds the record with 14 kick-return touchdowns, followed by Eric Metcalf with 12.

Hall also needs one more kickoff return for a touchdown to break the record of six he shares with Ollie Matson, Gale Sayers, Travis Williams and Mel Gray.

In other NFL news:

* Teams will be disciplined by commissioner Roger Goodell for leaking any confidential information from interviews with prospective players. Goodell sent memos to the 32 teams warning them that all interviews should be considered confidential.

* Tennessee cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones' trial in Georgia on a felony charge of obstruction has been delayed. Jones had been scheduled to appear on May 14.

* Oakland released defensive end Lance Johnstone (Temple).


* Former La Salle coach Billy Hahn will join Bob Huggins' staff at West Virginia, reported.

* UCLA point guard Darren Collison will return to school for his junior year rather than enter the NBA draft. In other draft news, Georgia Tech freshman point guard Javaris Crittenton and Clemson sophomore forward James Mays made themseleves available for the draft, but neither plans to hire an agent.

* Rutgers women's basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer signed a 7-year contract extension that will pay her the same base salary as football coach Greg Schiano.


* The United States has invited potential Olympic athletes from Iran to train in America, though a U.S. regulation requiring foreign visitors to be fingerprinted could scuttle the plan.

* Six Austrian cross-country skiers and biathletes received lifetime bans from the Olympics for involvement in an organized blood-doping scheme at the 2006 Winter Games.

Auto Racing

* Two-time champion Tony Stewart likened NASCAR to professional wrestling and accused it of using bogus caution flags to shape races in biting comments made on his weekly radio show.

* A lawyer for Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr. entered a not guilty plea on Unser's behalf to charges including driving under the influence in a January crash in Nevada.

Philly File

* Elliot Seifert, an offensive lineman, was named Temple's top senior male Student Athlete of the Year, while Adrienne Repsher, a first baseman in softball, earned the female honors.

* Alan Ball, the youngest member of the England team that won the 1966 World Cup, died of an apparent heart attack in London. He was 61. Ball played for the Philadelphia Fury in 1978 and '79.

Sport Stops

* Former WBO heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison needs to give more medical information to Texas officials before they rule on his boxing license application for Friday's fight against Dale Ortiz in Houston.

* Dr. Brian Halevie-Goldman, the former medical director of BALCO, the clinic involved in a sports doping scandal, has been suspended from practicing medicine for 90 days by California's medical board. Investigators found he prescribed a stimulant to a sprinter without examining her. *