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Football briefs: CFL’s Alouettes welcome Chad ‘HuitCinq’ Johnson
First Published Apr 17 2014 08:46 pm • Last Updated Apr 17 2014 10:09 pm

• Former NFL star Chad Johnson, who once changed his last name to Ochocinco, will make his return to the gridiron in the Canadian Football League. The veteran receiver who spent most of his 11 NFL seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, signed a two-year deal Thursday with the Montreal Alouettes after impressing the team in minicamp. He last played in the NFL in 2011 with New England. The club tweeted, "Bienvenue à #HuitCinq," French for Ochocinco, which is Spanish for Eight Five. Johnson used to have the uniform number 85.

• Former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb was released Thursday from a Mesa, Ariz., jail after serving a one-day sentence for a Dec. 15 DUI arrest.

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• The Metrodome is no more. Project leaders for the new Minnesota Vikings stadium say the demolition of the team’s old home was completed Thursday. The final remnants were trucked away a month ahead of schedule. The building was razed to make way for a $1 billion stadium set to open in 2016.

• Sophomore quarterback Montell Cozart has won the starting job at Kansas, beating out T.J. Millweard and former BYU QB Jake Heaps after a strong spring game Saturday. Heaps lost the starting job to Cozart last season. Coach Charlie Weis opened the competition this spring, and it was expected to continue into fall. Instead, Weis said Thursday that Cozart had earned the job.

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