Rams finally sold, will stay put in St. Louis

Rumors that the St. Louis Rams were being sold have been rampant the past couple of years, raising concerns that the franchise would end its recent sad-sack run with a move out of town.

The Rams announced Thursday that its majority owners have indeed agreed to sell their stake, but to a potential buyer within driving distance – and one who doesn’t want to relocate the once-proud franchise.

If approved by a 75 percent vote of NFL owners, Chip Rosenbloom and Lucia Rodriguez, the children of the late Rams owner Georgia Frontiere, will sell their 60 percent stake to Shahid Khan, a 55-year-old president of an auto parts manufacturer, Flex-N-Gate, in Urbana, Ill.

Extra points

One of the worst defensive seasons in New York Giants history claimed another victim – middle linebacker Antonio Pierce. The Giants released the 31-year-old veteran who quarterbacked the defense for the past five years in a tenure that included four trips to the playoffs and a Super Bowl victory. … The Jacksonville Jaguars released seven-time Pro Bowl receiver Torry Holt, three-time Pro Bowl left tackle Tra Thomas and defensive tackle Rob Meier. … The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to a contract extension with wide receiver Brian Finneran.