ENCINITAS, Calif. -- NFL Hall of Famer Lance Alworth got his Super Bowl ring back Tuesday -- 21 years after it was stolen.
The former wide receiver for the San Diego Chargers and the Dallas Cowboys contacted authorities after receiving a phone call Sept. 7 from a caller demanding $40,000 for the ring.
The San Diego County Sheriff's Department discovered the ring was scheduled to be sold Nov. 20 at an auction house in Laguna Niguel with an opening bid of $44,000.
The ring was stolen in 1992 from a now-defunct San Diego restaurant, where it was part of a display of sports memorabilia.
"It's a miracle to have it back after all these years," a smiling Alworth said at a news conference where he showed off the ring.
No arrests have been made, but sheriff's officials said they are focusing on three suspects they declined to identify.
Bengals moves: The Bengals put cornerback Leon Hall on the injured reserve list Tuesday, more than a week after he injured his right Achilles tendon.
With middle linebacker Rey Maualuga on crutches Tuesday with a knee injury, the Bengals (6-2) promoted linebacker J.K. Schaffer from their practice squad for a game on Thursday at Miami (3-4). The Bengals also waived defensive end DeQuin Evans a day after he returned from suspension.
Working way back: Jerry Kill has begun to work his way back into the job.
The Minnesota coach won't be back on the sideline yet Saturday when the Gophers play at Indiana, though, and Kill just might keep it that way the rest of the season.
Hey, his team has won two games in a row. What's the rush?
"My daddy used to say, 'If it ain't broke, don't try to fix it,' so I ain't really going to try to fix anything," Kill said Tuesday at his first regular news conference appearance in four weeks.
Father banned from Illinois: Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase's father has been banned from campus for a year after his arrest over an altercation at Saturday's football game, university police said Tuesday.
Nathan Creer was arrested after an argument at Memorial Stadium during Saturday's game against Michigan State, university police Chief Jeff Christensen said.
Early return: The Chicago Bears aren't ruling out an early return for injured quarterback Jay Cutler.
Expected to miss at least four weeks because of a torn groin muscle, Cutler hopes to be back sooner. He says "that's the goal."
Cabrera surgery: Miguel Cabrera underwent muscle repair surgery Tuesday and the Detroit slugger is expected to be ready for spring training.
The operation was performed by Dr. Bill Meyers in Philadelphia and the team said Monday that it was successful. Cabrera faces 6-8 weeks of rehabilitation.
Grand marshall: Organizers of Detroit's Thanksgiving parade say that former Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland will be the grand marshal.
Leyland became manager of the American League club in 2005. He announced he was stepping down after the Tigers' 2013 season ended.
Sponsorship ends: EA Sports' popular PGA Tour game will no longer be named for Tiger Woods.
The company announced on its blog that it and Woods have made a "mutual decision to end our partnership" and that the company would keep working with the PGA Tour on its next golf title.
EA Sports' popular golf game has been named for Tiger Woods since it first came out in 1998. This year's game, titled "Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14," will be the last one to bear his name.
Aeros now RubberDucks: Splish, splash, Akron's minor league team is ready for a bath.
No longer known as the Aeros, they're now the RubberDucks.