- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 9, 2008

From combined dispatches

Kicker Morten Andersen, the NFL’s career-leading scorer, is retiring because of knee problems.

The 48-year-old Dane, who scored 2,544 points during his 25-year career, played for the Atlanta Falcons the past two seasons but wasn’t able to get a contract this year. Andersen said Monday he has given up his search.

“I realized I no longer can train in an optimal way because of my knees,” he said. “So I am retiring.”

Andersen said his knees were worn out after so many years as a professional.

“It’s not that I cannot kick, play golf or go bicycling, but it’s not the same anymore,” he said.

The Falcons advanced to their only Super Bowl after the 1998 season when Andersen’s 38-yard field goal beat the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC title game. Atlanta lost the Super Bowl to the Denver Broncos.

Andersen became the leading scorer in NFL history Dec. 17, 2006, with a field goal during the Falcons’ 38-28 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

LIONS: Center Dominic Raiola said he has no remorse for making an obscene gesture toward Lions fans because their heckling went too far.

“I don’t take one thing back,” he said.

NFL spokesman Randall Liu said the league will look into it.

Raiola said fans have been hard on him because he has been with the team since 2001, when it started a slide that has become the NFL’s worst eight-season stretch in more than a half-century.

“I’m just tired of hearing it coming at just me,” Raiola said. “It’s coming at me because I’ve been here for years. I’ve been through the losing.”

Meanwhile, former Lions receiver Charles Rogers agreed to enroll in substance abuse counseling after violating his probation. The 27-year-old was arrested in September and charged with assault and battery involving a female acquaintance. He later pleaded no contest to trespassing.

Novi (Mich.) District Judge Brian MacKenzie said Rogers had been entered into a three-quarters treatment house as part of his probation. He later tested positive for the painkiller Vicodin.

BRONCOS: Rookie fullback Peyton Hillis will miss the rest of the season after tearing his hamstring in the Broncos’ win over Kansas City on Sunday.

COWBOYS: Fans eager for a piece of Texas Stadium bid on lockers, flags, vehicles and even urinals from the soon-to-be-former home of the Dallas Cowboys.

The Dallas Morning News reported that more than $245,000 was spent on memorabilia from the stadium. Bidding started Nov. 17 and ended Saturday with more than 470 items sold.

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