Rams sign ex-Chiefs kicker
St. Louis The St. Louis Rams signed kicker Pete Stoyanovich on Tuesday as a temporary replacement for the injured Jeff Wilkins.
Stoyanovich's first game with the Super Bowl champions will be Sunday on the road against the Kansas City Chiefs, who released him last week. Stoyanovich, who had been with the Chiefs for four-plus seasons, was let go after missing two kicks inside the 40 the last two weeks.
Stoyanovich, a 12-year veteran, missed a 36-yard attempt in an overtime loss to the Titans and a 37-yarder in a victory over the Seahawks. He also missed a field goal in the regular season-finale last year, allowing the Raiders to win in overtime and keep the Chiefs from making the playoffs.
Wilkins, who injured his right quadriceps muscle on the opening kickoff in Sunday's 45-29 victory over the Falcons, is expected to be sidelined 1-3 weeks.
Chiefs apologize for timing
Kansas City, Mo. A spokeswoman for the Kansas City Chiefs apologized Tuesday for the timing of the team's news release, which leads off by saying that Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan will be at Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams.
Morgan Shaw of the public relations department said Chiefs officials tried to pull back distribution of the weekly release late Monday night when it was learned the governor and two others had died in a plane crash.
Ramirez wants career contract
Cleveland Manny Ramirez might try to take the Cleveland Indians long and deep for a new contract.
Ramirez, the RBI machine who is eligible for free agency after the World Series, and his agent, Jeff Moorad, are expected to ask the Indians for a long-term, "career" contract next week when they meet with Indians owner Larry Dolan and general manager John Hart. An Indians spokesman confirmed Tuesday that the sides will discuss Ramirez's future next week, but that a day and location had not been determined.
Mets-Cards lowest-rated LCS
New York The New York Mets' five-game victory over the St. Louis Cardinals produced the lowest TV ratings ever for a league championship series. Fox Sports' coverage of the NLCS averaged a 6.2 rating.