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NFL roundup: Rams claim Young; Lions keep cleaning house

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One day after Titus Young was waived by the Detroit Lions, the disgruntled wide receiver was claimed by the St. Louis Rams on Tuesday.

The Rams, according to USA Today, were the only team to put in a waiver claim for the 23-year-old receiver.

Young's 2013 base salary is scheduled to be $555,000. He had 33 catches for 383 yards and four touchdowns in 2012, which was his second NFL season after being drafted in the second round in 2011 out of Boise State.

His career totals with the Lions include 81 receptions for 990 yards and 10 touchdowns.

The Lions had problems with Young's behavior and comments all season, and he was disciplined several times.

Detroit continued their purge, releasing defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch and guard Stephen Peterman.

Vanden Bosch, who made 3.5 sacks this season, was scheduled to count $10.7 million against the salary cap next season. The Nebraska product has 58 sacks in 12 seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, Tennessee Titans and Detroit.

Peterman is an eight-year veteran who has played the last six seasons with the Lions.

--Defensive end Frostee Rucker was released by the Cleveland Browns after just one season with the team.

Rucker was a productive part of a rotation with Juqua Parker last season, finishing with 48 tackles, four sacks and a forced fumble while starting 16 games, but was a victim of the Browns' planned switch to a 3-4 defense.

--The Giants released linebacker Michael Boley.

Boley, 30, was a mainstay on the Giants' defense but had been slowed by injuries. By releasing him, the Giants can save $3.1 million of the $4.25 million base salary he was owed in 2013; the remaining $1.4 million is applied to the salary cap next season, the final year of his contract.

--Superdome officials warned of a possible power outage months before the Super Bowl, and they hurried to replace some equipment, according to multiple reports.

An Oct. 15 memo released by the Louisiana Stadium & Exposition District said tests on the venue's electrical feeders showed "some decay and a chance of failure." Entergy New Orleans, the company that supplies power to the stadium, and the structure's engineering staff "had concerns regarding the reliability of the Dome service from Entergy's connection point to the Dome," the memo said.

The cause of Sunday's 34-minute, third-quarter power outage is still being investigated. The blackout was embarrassing for New Orleans, though officials said the incident wouldn't damage the city's chances of hosting the championship again.

--Tens of thousands of Baltimore Ravens fans decked out in purple and black cheered, sang and danced during a celebration of their team's Super Bowl victory.

After a ceremony in front of City Hall that featured brief remarks from head coach John Harbaugh, the parade streamed past the Inner Harbor on the way to M&T Stadium. Players rode on a float and in flat-bed trucks and Humvees.

Police estimated more than 200,000 fans took part in the celebration throughout the parade route and city hall.

Baltimore officials said the event caused massive delays on bus lines and the city's light rail system. They also said many fans broke through the barricades that restricted automobile traffic.
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