The Boston Globe reported yesterday that quarterback

Tom Brady

restructured his contract to create salary-cap space so the New England Patriots could acquire receiver

Randy Moss


ESPN reported that Brady did not take a pay cut. He restructured his current deal, which runs through 2010.

As part of the trade, the Patriots were required to take on the $9.75 million Moss was scheduled to earn. After the deal, Moss tore up his old contract and signed a one-year, $3 million accord that could be worth uu to $5 million with incentives.

Commissioner Roger Goodell has ordered all 32 NFL teams to send doctors and trainers to a special meeting on concussions, ESPN reported. The researchers briefing them will consist not only of members of the league's own concussions committee, but also outside scientists, including a few critics of that committee.

The meeting is scheduled for June 19 in Chicago. It will be the first leaguewide conference on concussions.

The NFL Players Association is countersuing six current and former players who are seeking to hold the union and league liable for millions of dollars they lost in an alleged fraud scheme.

The union, in papers filed last week in federal court in Atlanta, accuses Steve Atwater, Ray Crockett, Al Smith, Blaine Bishop, Carlos Emmons and Clyde Simmons of breach of contract. Bishop, Emmons and Simmons are former Eagles.

The countersuit says the players violated a provision of union regulations.

Three Villanova football players signed free-agent contracts with NFL teams: defensive backs Allyn Bacchus (with Atlanta) and Terrance Reaves (St. Louis), and offensive lineman Christian Gaddis (Buffalo).

Elsewhere: Carolina released receiver Keyshawn Johnson. . . . Jacksonville released punter Chris Hanson. . . . Tampa Bay acquired defensive tackle Ryan Sims from Kansas City for an undisclosed future draft pick. . . . The Chiefs released defensive end Eric Hicks. . . . Miami released quarterback Marcus Vick, defensive tackle Manny Wright, and linebacker Bobby Iwuchukwu.


The NCAA approved a rule that prohibits recruits from adding only one core course toward their college eligibility after they have graduated from high school.

It was the latest move by the NCAA to weed out the "diploma mills," nontraditional schools that sometimes do not meet accreditation standards.

There will be a provision for case-by-case reviews.

Penn State announced times for three of its home football games, all of which will be televised nationally. The game against Notre Dame on Sept. 8 will be played at 6 p.m. and shown on ESPN. The game against Ohio State on Oct. 27 will kick off at 8 p.m. and be telecast on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. Penn State's 88th homecoming game, against Wisconsin on Oct. 13, will start at 3:30 p.m. and air on ABC.


Talladega Superspeedway has permanently banned 14 fans from buying tickets at the track after their arrests Sunday for allegedly throwing objects on the track following

Jeff Gordon's

victory in the Aaron's 499.

Elsewhere: Jaroslav Bednar scored with 1 minute, 8 seconds left to lift the Czech Republic to a 4-3 victory over the United States at the hockey world championships in Mytischi, Russia. . . . Louis Vuitton Cup racing was postponed because of strong winds off Valencia, Spain. . . . Liverpool advanced to the final of the European Champions League for the second time in three years, beating Chelsea, 4-1, on penalty kicks.