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NFL briefs

August 20, 2009

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Williams sisters new owners

Miami — Venus and Serena Williams have found a new sport: pro football.

The tennis-playing sisters will become the latest celebrities to own a stake in the Miami Dolphins, a person familiar with the deal said Wednesday.

“There have been preliminary talks, and hopefully it’ll work out,” Serena Williams said Wednesday night.

Raiders release Neal

Napa, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders released veteran fullback Lorenzo Neal on Wednesday, ending his brief stay with the team.

Neal, who signed with the Raiders in May, was expected to push Oren O’Neal for the starting fullback job, but became expendable when O’Neal impressed Oakland’s coaching staff with his recovery from major knee surgery.

Titans not pursuing Harrison

Nashville, Tenn. — Coach Jeff Fisher says the Tennessee Titans are not pursuing veteran wide receiver Marvin Harrison.

Fisher said on Wednesday the team has had no contact with the free agent or his agent.

The Titans had been mentioned specifically in an ESPN report as a team interested in the former outstanding Colts receiver.

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