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Seahawks agree to rename their stadium ‘Qwest Field’

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Qwest Communications International Inc., the No. 4 regional U.S. telephone company, reached a sponsorship agreement with the Seattle Seahawks to put its name on the team's football stadium.

The Seahawks, who reached the first round of the National Football League playoffs last season, didn't disclose terms of the agreement. Seattle was 8-0 at Seahawks Stadium last year, joining New England, Kansas City and St. Louis as the only teams to go undefeated at home in 2003.

Seahawks Stadium, which seats 67,000 fans and has 5,000 additional seats available for special events, opened with the 2002 NFL preseason. It will be renamed "Qwest Field" under terms of the agreement.

As part of the agreement, Qwest will support local Seahawks charities and will be the team's telecommunications supplier.

L.A. LOOKING AT COLISEUM: Mayor James Hahn said he now thinks a modified Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum would be the appropriate home for the possible return of an NFL team to the city.

A $400 million renovation to prepare it for a pro team would reduce the Coliseum's seating capacity from 92,500 to 78,000 seats and add 200 luxury boxes. It also would add new locker rooms and a press box.

NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue last week said the league would decide on an LA-area stadium site by next spring, and hopes to have a team there by 2008. Other sites being considered are Pasadena's Rose Bowl and a former landfill in Carson.

QUARTERBACKS ON THE MOVE:Kurt Warner's agent worked on a deal with the New York Giants on Wednesday to bring the two-time NFL MVP here to mentor top draft pick Eli Manning . . . Vinny Testaverde might be headed for a reunion with coach Bill Parcells. Testaverde's agent said Parcells's Dallas Cowboys and two other National Football League teams have expressed interest in signing the 17-year veteran quarterback, who was released by the New York Jets in a salary-cap move. Kordell Stewart agreed to a one-year contract Wednesday with the Baltimore Ravens, who plan to put the quarterback to work immediately. Stewart will receive the league minimum $760,000 to replace the injured Anthony Wright as the backup to Kyle Boller.

CROUCH CUT: The Green Bay Packers waived former Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch, who was attempting to make a comeback with the National Football League team as a safety.

REDSKINS CUT PAYROLL: The Washington Redskins cut linebacker Jeremiah Trotter, running back Trung Canidate and guard Dave Fiore on Wednesday, saving the team about $4.7 million under the salary cap for 2004.