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Moss admits to marijuana use

Receiver denies abusing the drug

Oakland Raiders receiver Randy Moss admits he has used marijuana since entering the NFL seven years ago, and still smokes it ''every blue moon."

''I have used marijuana . . . since I've been in the league," Moss said in an interview for HBO's ''Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel," scheduled to air Tuesday. ''But as far as abusing it and, you know, letting it take control over me, I don't do that, no."

When pressed whether he still smokes marijuana, the star receiver said: ''I might. I might have fun. And, you know, hopefully . . . I won't get into any trouble by the NFL by saying that, you know. I have had fun throughout my years and, you know, predominantly in the offseason."

Moss's agent, Dante DiTrapano, said HBO was trying to intentionally damage the player's reputation. He said Moss was talking about past use in the interview.

''In an attempt to promote their dying network, they have maliciously couched his remarks in a manner that is confusing and leaves room for negative interpretation," DiTrapano said. ''Randy is not in the NFL substance abuse program and has complied with all urinalysis required by the league, the team, insurance companies, endorsers, etc."

Bears' offer final

Upset and frustrated that running back Cedric Benson is still a holdout and the only first-round draft pick without a contract agreement, the Chicago Bears have made their final offer to the fourth overall selection.

''After missing all of training camp, we want to make it abundantly clear that the Chicago Bears have made their best and final offer to Cedric Benson," general manager Jerry Angelo said in a statement.

''No dollars are left on the bargaining table and at this point the only contract discussions that will be entertained will be reflective of the considerable loss of value to the club created by the player's extended absence."

Benson's holdout reached its 26th day yesterday and the former Texas star has already missed two exhibition games.

Gates gets warning

The San Diego Chargers told Antonio Gates that he will be suspended for three games, including the season opener against Dallas, if he doesn't end his holdout by tomorrow afternoon. To avoid a suspension, the team told the All-Pro tight end he needs to either sign a new multiyear deal or the $380,000, one-year contract he was tendered as an exclusive-rights free agent. The sides have been negotiating for a long-term deal since the middle of last season. ''We just can't agree on money and years," general manager A.J. Smith said. Smith indicated the team is still open to negotiate, but it also needs to know if Gates ''is going to be part of the team." Last year, in just his second season, Gates had 13 touchdown catches to set the NFL single-season record for tight ends . . . Prosecutors in Miami asked a judge to revoke bail for ex-NFL player Barret Robbins following his arrest in Texas on a marijuana possession charge. Robbins, a former Pro Bowl offensive lineman with the Oakland Raiders, is free on $51,000 bond on attempted murder charges stemming from a fight with Miami Beach police officers in January in which he was shot twice in the chest. Robbins was arrested Saturday in San Antonio after a police officer smelled marijuana coming from his car and saw a pipe inside the vehicle . . . Brad Childress says he has no hard feelings toward Terrell Owens, whose disrespect for the Philadelphia Eagles' offensive coordinator was one reason the wide receiver was sent home from the team's training camp last week. After Owens was dismissed for a week by head coach Andy Reid, he said Childress was antagonistic and spiteful toward him. Reid reportedly was upset because Owens told Childress, ''Don't talk to me unless I talk to you." Asked if Owens owed him an apology, Childress said, ''I don't have any hard feelings." . . . Veteran cornerback Ray Mickens agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Cleveland Browns, giving the team's injury-depleted secondary some depth and experience. Mickens was released earlier this month when the Jets signed free agent Ty Law . . . The Baltimore Ravens re-signed linebacker Peter Boulware, the team's all-time leader with 67 1/2 sacks. Boulware, 30, was brought back after knee injuries to Adalius Thomas and Dan Cody, whose emergence led to Boulware's release three months ago . . . Indianapolis Colts two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Dwight Freeney practiced with the team for the first time since undergoing offseason shoulder surgery . . . Oakland Raiders starting outside linebacker Sam Williams tore his anterior cruciate ligament in a practice with the Houston Texans . . . After missing nearly two weeks with a groin injury, running back Maurice Clarett returned to practice on the last day of camp for the Denver Broncos.

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