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Indy Plans To Bid For '12 Super Bowl

Staff
Published:   |   Updated: June 1, 2013 at 09:07 PM

INDIANAPOLIS - A delegation from Indianapolis will travel to Arizona this week for the Super Bowl, with an eye toward the city making a bid for the 2012 game.

Those making the trip plan to meet with NFL officials to update the bid Indianapolis made last year, when it lost out to Dallas in a 17-15 vote among league owners for the 2011 Super Bowl.

Mayor Greg Ballard said Tuesday he was inclined to make a new bid but wanted to review corporate support and the NFL's requirements before making a final decision.

The new bid would highlight many of the same attributes as last year's - including the central location of the city's new retractable-roof Lucas Oil Stadium and its experience with large events such as the Indianapolis 500 and the NCAA men's basketball Final Four - to offset being a snow-belt city.

"Indianapolis is a great football city and, frankly, it deserves a Super Bowl," Ballard said. "They're going to send it back to a cold-weather city on occasion, and this is our time."

BILLS: Tight end Teyo Johnson signed, attempting a comeback after missing all of last season with an injury. Johnson has three years' NFL experience but has not played since being released by Arizona during the 2005 season.

COWBOYS: An arbitrator ruled in favor of the Eagles about a grievance that was filed by the NFL players' union on Terrell Owens' behalf in 2005.

The union disputed the Eagles' effort to recover $1.725 million of the $2.3 million signing bonus the team paid the wide receiver when it signed him to a seven-year, $48.97 million deal in 2004.

Owens was kicked off the team seven games into the 2005 season for a series of infractions. He was suspended four games without pay, and the team withheld his final five paychecks, totaling $955,880. That means Owens still owes the Eagles $769,120.

Also, former Cowboys coach Dave Campo rejoined the staff Tuesday, returning to his roots as the secondary coach. Campo spent the last three years as Jaguars secondary coach.

Also, linebacker Greg Ellis became the 13th Dallas player named to the Pro Bowl when he was selected to replace Chicago's Lance Briggs. It's the first such honor for the 10-year veteran, who earlier this month was named the NFL's comeback player of the year. He had a career-best 12 1/2 sacks despite missing the first three games while recovering from a torn Achilles' tendon.

LEGAL: Former NFL player Alonzo Spellman was arrested Tuesday after police in Tulsa, Okla., fired pepper-spray pellets into his car following a nearly 20-minute pursuit.

Spellman, who played nine seasons for the Bears, Lions and Cowboys, was arrested on complaints of traffic violations and resisting arrest and booked into the Tulsa County Jail, police spokesman Leland Ashley said.

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