Report says St. Louis will cut Warner

Tuesday, April 20, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 2:39 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The St. Louis Rams told Kurt Warner he will be cut after June 1, the quarterback’s agent told the New York Daily News.

Mark Bartelstein, Warner’s agent, told the newspaper that Rams coach Mike Martz informed Warner on Monday of the team’s decision.

Bartelstein said the Rams gave the two-time MVP permission to contact other teams. That process has begun, the agent told the newspaper.

“We’re trying to find the right place and the right situation,” Bartelstein told the Daily News. “Kurt is in great shape, he’s as healthy as can be and ready to have a terrific season.”

Messages left for Bartelstein at his office and Martz at his home were not immediately returned late Monday night.

By waiting until after June 1 to cut him, the Rams lessen the hit on their salary cap. Warner will cost them $4.6 million this year and $6.7 million next year. He is slated to cost St. Louis $9.5 million this year.

An announcement from the Rams on Warner could come as early as Tuesday, the newspaper reported.

“Does he have to find a starting job to be happy? We’re going to keep an open mind,” Bartelstein said. “Most teams today have their starting quarterback set.”

Warner went to two Super Bowls in his first three seasons as the Rams starter, leading the team to the 1999 championship.

But the past two seasons he has been hampered by injuries and relegated to a backup.

Hickman Soccer: The Kewpies lost 2-0 to St. Teresa’s on Monday in Kansas City.

The Kewpies (6-2), who trailed 1-0 at halftime, had trouble scoring against St. Teresa’s quick and physical players, Hickman coach Sandy Paulsen said.

“Their backs were very tall and did a good job defending us,” she said.

Jade Mills made two saves in goal for Hickman in the first half and Bess Frissell had five in the second.

YOUTH SOCCER: The Columbia Tornadoes boys’ U-10 soccer team won the Raytown Soccer Club’s K.C. Cup.

The Tornadoes scored 26 goals and gave up two at the weekend tournament en route to a 4-0-1 record. The Tornadoes (34-3-3) have scored 213 goals this season and have finished no lower than second in any league or tournament.

MISSOURI MEN’S BASKETBALL: The Tigers announced the dates for their summer basketball camps at Hearnes Center.

The Tigers will conduct an Elite Camp for high school boys being recruited by Division I college teams on June 11-12 and will run Team Camps on June 13-16 and 20-23. Individual Camps for boys ages 10-18 will take place on June 27-July 1 and July 25-29. The Tigers are also offering a youth camp for boys and girls ages 6-10 on July 12-13.

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