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Updated: May 19, 2003, 11:45 AM ET
By By Darrell Trimble
Cincinnati Bengals: Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune sued the Bengals and the NFL last weekend, claiming the league violated federal antitrust laws when it "extorted" more than $450 million from taxpayers to build Paul Brown Stadium. According to the Cincinnati Enquire, the lawsuit accuses the NFL of using a monopoly over professional football to secure favorable stadium deals from Cincinnati and other communities. Similar claims were made in a state court lawsuit in January, but both the team and the league denied breaking any rules.

Dallas Cowboys: Coach Bill Parcells hasn't found a way to clone himself yet, but he has found a way to keep his aura in the team's locker room. Parcells has posted large blue-and-white signs throughout the Cowboys' locker room that promote attention to detail, teamwork and unity, staples of his coaching philosophy. The signs are everywhere, including at the entrance to the locker room, above a water fountain leading to the weight room, along the walls where the position groups meet and one next to the equipment room. "He definitely has a presence in the locker room -- even when he's not around," quarterback Chad Hutchinson told the Dallas Morning News. "Any time you can you can consistently get your ideology across and drive home your points to a group, it's going to be effective in the long run."

San Francisco 49ers: DE Andrew Williams, the team's third-round draft pick, will undergo surgery today on his broken left ring finger and may not be ready to play until training camp in late July. "That's going to slow him down, and he had been impressive," GM Terry Donahue told the Contra Costa Times. Williams injured his finger during team drills Saturday.