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December 31, 1993

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) _ The Detroit Lions announced that defensive coordinator Robert Widenhofer would not return next season.

″Our defense did some excellent things under Woody’s leadership, but we both agreed it was time for him to move on,″ head coach Wayne Fontes said Wednesday in a statement. A replacement for Widenhofer was not immediately announced.

Widenhofer, 49, was named defensive coordinator in 1989. He was the head coach at Missouri from 1985-88.

″Wayne and I sat down and talked about it, and we both feel good about what’s best for me and the Lions,″ Widenhofer said in a statement. ″I only wish we could have played better on defense this season.″

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - Cris Carter, the Minnesota Vikings’ top receiver despite missing four games with a broken collarbone, was activated from the injured reserve list.

Carter, who had 53 receptions for 681 yards and six touchdowns during the regular season, is expected to play in Saturday’s playoff game against Washington. In order to make room for Carter, the Vikings put running back Keith Henderson on injured reserve Wednesday.

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MARTIN, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee-Martin football coach Don McLeary said that defensive coordinator Larry Shanks and passing game coordinator Morgan Hout will not be retained next season.

McLeary, also men’s athletics director, said Wednesday that a change was needed in the best interest of the football team.

Shanks, who also was assistant head coach, has spent 10 years at Tennessee- Martin. Hout, former head coach at Liberty, spent three seasons at the Ohio Valley Conference school.

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - The Buffalo Bills announced strict crowd control measures aimed at curbing boisterous fans at Sunday’s AFC playoff game against Houston.

General manager Bill Polian said Wednesday that the Bills won’t tolerate a repeat of the team’s last home game Dec. 12 against Denver, when fans throwing snowballs sparked fights and arrests.

″Any person throwing objects, including snowballs, will have their license to be on the premises revoked and they will be ejected and-or arrested,″ Polian said.

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HONOLULU (AP) - Louisville, Oklahoma State and Clemson will join Hawaii, Army, Evansville, Florida and Cal-Santa Barbara in the 1993 Rainbow Classic.

The 30th edition of the tournament will be held Dec. 27-30.

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