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Owens-Ochocinco duo becomes reality

A year after they were featured on HBO's "Hard Knocks," the Cincinnati Bengals have scripted their own reality show.

T.O. and Ocho. Two self-conscious stars, same NFL team as the Bengals reportedly reached a contract agreement with receiver Terrell Owens on Tuesday.

The Bengals were his first choice, giving him a chance to team with close friend Chad Ochocinco, who has already dubbed the pair Batman and Robin.

On his Twitter account, all Owens would say was, “Hoping 2 b a Bengal w/in the 24hrs!!” He’s expected to sign his deal when he arrives at camp.

By adding the 36-year-old Owens, the Bengals will lead the NFL in reality show stars. Ochocinco competed on “Dancing With the Stars” in the offseason, and has a dating show called “Ochocinco: The Ultimate Catch” currently running on VH1. After Ochocinco’s show comes “The T.O. Show.”

‘ASSASSIN’ DIES

Jack “Assassin” Tatum, a Pro Bowl safety for the Oakland Raiders who intimidated opposing players with bone-jarring tackles, has died. He was 61.

He’s also a player who will always be tied to one of the game’s most tragic moments — a hit in a 1978 preseason game that left New England Patriots receiver Darryl Stingley paralyzed from the neck down.

Tatum died of a heart attack, according to friend and former Ohio State teammate John Hicks.

EX-HAWK TO PAY

Former receiver Tommy Kane has been ordered to pay $590,000 to his children and their guardian for pain and suffering.

Kane, a third-round pick by Seattle in 1988 out of Syracuse, is serving an 18-year sentence after pleading guilty to manslaughter in November 2003 stabbing death of Tamara Shaikh.

EXTRA POINTS

Star receiver Wes Welker was placed on New England’s active physically unable to perform list as he recovers from knee surgery. He could come off the list if deemed fit enough during camp. ... Baltimore Ravens second-round draft pick Terrence Cody failed his conditioning test and was not permitted to participate in the team’s first training camp practice. ... The NFL will distribute a new poster to teams that warns of the dangers from concussions in much harsher language than the league had previously used. ... Denver rookie Tim Tebow has agreed to a multiyear contract with Jockey International Inc. to be an underwear spokesman.

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