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Bo knows retirement

ALEXANDRIA, Va.- Bo Jackson, once a star in both the NFL and major league baseball, says he has retired from baseball.

The 32-year-old Jackson is quoted in today's editions of USA Today, as saying he had been thinking about retiring for months as the strike dragged on and he spent more time with his family.

Jackson played in the NFL with the Los Angeles Raiders from 1987-90 before leaving because of a bad hip, which eventually required replacement surgery.

During the baseball dispute, Jackson told USA Today he got calls "from five or six clubs. I got to know my family. That looks better to me than any $10 million contract."

The Heisman Trophy winning running back from Auburn began his baseball career with the Kansas City Royals in 1986 and spent four-plus seasons there. He was released by the Royals on March 18, 1991 when it looked like his hip injury would keep him out for up to nine months.

He later played with the Chicago White Sox and California Angels. Jackson hit 141 home runs and drove in 415 runs in his big league career.

2 teams pay players

ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Cardinals on Monday became the second team to pay $25,000 bonuses to replacement players who didn't quite make it to the big leagues.

Major league owners decided to release all replacement players Saturday to avoid paying $25,000 bonuses. The players are still due their $5,000 signing bonuses, which are payable this month.

The Cardinals joined the Florida Marlins in paying the full amount to the 32-man replacement roster.

Schlopy clinches title

BLACKCOMB, British Columbia - Olympian Erik Schlopy of Park City, Utah, clinched the North American Championship Series giant slalom title and closed in on the overall crown by winning the GS at the NorAm Finals Monday.

Schlopy posted the fastest time on each run for an overall clocking of 1 minute, 59.04 seconds. The victory gave gave Schlopy 254 points with two NorAm races remaining. Rahlves, the NorAm super-G champion and the only other skier with a chance of catching him, has 221 points with a slalom Tuesday and a super-G Wednesday.