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Published: Friday, January 31, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 31, 2003 at 12:34 a.m.

COLTS

Indianapolis kicker Mike Vanderjagt apologized Thursday to coach Tony Dungy, quarterback Peyton Manning and the rest of his teammates for criticisms he said came from his frustration with losing. In a Canadian cable TV interview earlier this week, Vanderjagt said Manning should show more emotion, Dungy is too nice to be effective and many other Colts players lack a passion for the game. ``Basically, I spoke before I thought,'' Vanderjagt said in a statement. ``I am extremely frustrated by losing and expressed it in the wrong manner and in the wrong forum.'"

LIONS

Former San Francisco coach Steve Mariucci interviewed for the Detroit head coach vacancy. Mariucci arrived Wednesday evening in Detroit to tour Ford Field and meet with Bill Ford, team vice chairman. Mariucci spent most of Thursday at the Lions' training facility before heading home, team president Matt Millen said in a statement. ``Steve and I will continue to discuss this opportunity over the next few days,'' Millen said. Ford will be in San Francisco on Saturday to give the keynote speech at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention, but it's not known if he'll meet with Mariucci.

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