James, Hood released by Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals yesterday released veteran running back Edgerrin James, the team confirmed. James, 30, is in the final year of his contract and had been asking to be released. James spent the first seven seasons of his career with Indianapolis, the last three in Arizona.

He has rushed for 12,121 career yards and 80 touchdowns and caught 430 passes, 11 for TDs.

The Cardinals also cut former Eagles cornerback Rod Hood.

In other NFL news:

* Brett Favre was released from the reserve-retired list by the New York Jets, making the quarterback a free agent if he decides to again come out of retirement.

* The Albany Firebirds, an arenafootball2 franchise, offered Michael Vick a 1-year contract at the league standard: $200 a week plus a $50 bonus for a win. Also, lawyers for the suspended quarterback say they are making progress on a new bankruptcy plan, but are not ready yet to submit it to a judge for approval.

* Carolina signed undrafted free agent Gerald Cadogan, a tackle from Penn State.

Philly File

* Guard Jose Ortiz and forward Jeff Lord, both of Math, Civics and Sciences, have committed to play basketball at Cheyney. Also, MC&S guard Khalif Deane is bound for Division III Eastern.

Sport Stops

* Florida's top veterinarian blamed the deaths of 21 elite polo horses on an overdose of selenium, a common mineral that helps muscles recover from fatigue.

* The IOC said six Olympic athletes, including two medalists, were nabbed for blood doping in retests of their Beijing samples.

* Danny Kladis, the oldest former Indianapolis 500 driver, has died at 92. *