SAN JOSE -- The owners of the Great America theme park in Santa Clara confirmed Wednesday they're willing to sell the site to the San Francisco 49ers instead of waging a fight over parking for the team's proposed stadium.
Cedar Fair Entertainment Co., the Sandusky, Ohio-based owner and operator of Great America and more than a dozen other amusement and water parks, said it offered to sell the park to the 49ers after deciding that traffic congestion and parking headaches from the new arena would harm Great America's business and threaten its ability to stay open.
The 49ers don't have enough parking for their proposed $854 million stadium on 20 acres next to the Great America site. The team has been negotiating with Cedar Fair to use some parking spaces surrounding Great America, but the talks have been rocky.
The announcement by Cedar Fair was not a surprise. The 49ers went public Tuesday night with word that Cedar Fair had approached the team with an offer to sell Great America, and that the 49ers would entertain the idea as a way to secure more parking for the stadium.
Team spokeswoman Lisa Lang disputed the argument that Great America and a new stadium would clash. She said the team plans to keep the park open if it buys the park.
JAGUAR SWITCHED UP STORY -- Jaguars offensive tackle Khalif Barnes gave police two versions of his recent one-car accident, according to a supplemental police report.
Barnes initially called police around 6:30 a.m. on Sept. 29 and said he crashed into a tree after falling asleep while driving to a mandatory treatment session. Later, after police arrived at the scene and found Barnes gone, the player called back to report his 2007 Mercedes stolen. When an officer told Barnes he had listened to the original 911 call, the player decided to stick with his original story, according to the report.
Barnes, on probation for a drunken driving charge last November, was cited for careless driving and leaving the scene of an accident. He also was charged with violating a provision of his probation. Barnes wasn't charged with filing a false police report because he backed off the stolen car claim before it was written.
TESTAVERDE GETS ANOTHER SHOT -- The Panthers, with Jake Delhomme out for the season, signed 43-year-old Vinny Testaverde to a one-year deal, Testaverde, the No. 1 overall pick by Tampa Bay in 1987, has played in 226 games with 208 starts with six teams. He was cut by New England before the start of the season.
QUICK HITTERS -- The Buccaneers signed running back Zack Crockett, addressing a need for depth after losing Carnell "Cadillac" Williams and Michael Pittman to injury. ... Damon Huard's injured shoulder held up fine in practice and he will be the Chiefs' starting quarterback.