ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Things have gone from bad to worse for
the Cowboys. Not only did Dallas drop a 41-35 decision at home to
the division-rival Giants last night, they lost the services of
quarterback Tony Romo for the next eight to 10 weeks due to a
Romo was hit hard by Giants linebacker Michael Boley (BOH'-lee),
who raced untouched into the pocket before the jarring collision
left Romo flat on his back. Romo was 5-for-7 for 39 yards and a
touchdown before the hit.
The Cowboys actually led 20-7 before Eli Manning led New York on
five straight scoring drives over the middle two quarters, good for
31 points. Manning tied a career high with four touchdown passes
while completing 25 of his 35 throws for 306 yards but also threw
three interceptions. Hakeem Nicks finished with nine receptions for
108 yards and two TDs as the 5-and-2 Giants won their fourth in a
row. Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs provided for 201 rushing
yards, with Bradshaw accounting for 126 yards and Jacobs scoring on
a 30-yard run.
Jon Kitna was 16 of 33 for 187 yards and two scores after
replacing Romo in the second quarter.
The outcome gives the Giants a one-game lead over Washington and
Philadelphia in the NFL East. The Cowboys are off to their worst
start in 21 years at 1-5.
(AP) - The Minnesota Vikings could be spending time without
Brett Favre (fahrv).
The Minnesota Vikings' 41-year-old quarterback has a fracture in
his left ankle that could end his NFL-record consecutive games
streak at 291. He injured the ankle while throwing one of his three
interceptions during a 28-24 loss at Green Bay.
Minnesota coach Brad Childress says Favre is wearing a walking
boot and adds the consecutive games streak won't affect his
decision whether to play him Sunday at New England.
The NFL is praising players for their clean play Sunday after a
crackdown on illegal hits -- specifically Brandon Meriweather and
James Harrison. The league's football operations chief says both
Meriweather and Harrison "heeded our emphasis" on eliminating
flagrant fouls by making clean, hard tackles in their team's
victories. Harrison was fined $75,000 and Meriweather was fined
$50,000 for illegal hits to defenseless opponents last week.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Jerramy Stevens has been
released, two days after being arrested and charged with possession
of marijuana. Police said the 30-year-old was pulled over in his
pickup truck for loud music and an officer smelled marijuana inside
San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith spent the morning in a
London hospital as he tried to learn if his left shoulder injury
will keep him from playing against Denver on Sunday at Wembley
Stadium. Smith was injured on a third-quarter sack and still had
his arm in a sling this afternoon.
Eagles coach Andy Reid says Michael Vick will be Philadelphia's
starting quarterback Nov. 7 against Indianapolis, barring any
unforeseen circumstances. The Eagles have a bye this week. Vick
missed the last three games with cartilage damage in his rib cage.
Jacksonville Jaguars right tackle Eben Britton faces
season-ending shoulder surgery after tearing his right labrum
Sunday at Kansas City. And Jags quarterback David Garrard expects
to pass his post-concussion tests Tuesday and be cleared to
practice the following day.
Jays get new skipper
(AP) - John Farrell is the new manager of the Toronto Blue Jays
after four seasons as the Boston Red Sox's pitching coach. He
succeeds Cito (SEE'-toh) Gaston, who retired after guiding the club
to an 85-77 season.
The 48-year-old Farrell was Cleveland's player development
director for five years before taking the job with Boston. This is
his first managerial position.
Also in the majors, the Yankees have fired pitching coach Dave
Eiland (EYE'-lihnd) after three seasons at the post. General
manager Brian Cashman would not divulge a reason for the decision
but said it has nothing to do with the Yankees' poor performance
against the Texas Rangers in the ALCS.
St. Louis manager Tony La Russa's entire coaching staff will be
back for 2011. Pitching coach Dave Duncan received a two-year
contract while Jose Oquendo (oh-KEHN'-doh), Mark McGwire, Dave
McKay and Joe Pettini accepted one-year packages.
And the World Series umpires have been announced. Sam Holbrook
and Bill Miller will make their Fall Classic debuts and work
alongside John Hirschbeck, Gary Darling, Mike Winters and Jeff
Two points for Habs and Jackets
UNDATED (AP) - The Los Angeles Kings are doing just fine without
Norris Trophy finalist Drew Doughty.
Michael Handzus (HAND'-zoos) scored in the fifth shootout round
to give the Kings their fifth victory in six games, a 3-2 decision
over the Minnesota Wild. Anze Kopitar (AHN'-zhay KOH'-pih-tahr) had
a goal and an assist to support Jonathan Quick, who blanked the
Wild after Nick Schultz scored 7:42 into the first period.
The Kings were playing their third straight game without
Doughty, who was placed on injured reserve on Monday while he
recovers from an apparent concussion. The defenseman is eligible to
return Thursday in Dallas but is more likely to comeback Saturday
against New Jersey.
Montreal and Columbus were the NHL's other winners on Monday.
The Canadiens pulled out a 3-2 win over Phoenix on Andrei
Kostitsyn's (kahs-TEET'-sihnz) goal 1:25 into overtime. Tomas
Plekanec (pleh-KAH'-nehch) and Michael Cammalleri (kam-uh-LEHR'-ee)
also scored and Carey Price made 27 saves as the Canadiens improved
Kyle Wilson notched his first NHL goal and Mathieu Garon turned
back 28 shots as Columbus beat the visiting Philadelphia Flyers
2-1. Garon preserved the win while the Blue Jackets were being
outshot 12-5 in the final period.
Pavelec ready to play
ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Thrashers have activated goalie
Ondrej Pavelec (AWN'-dray pah-vah-LEK'). The move comes less than
three weeks after he collapsed during the season opener.
The 23-year-old netminder returned to practice last week after
recovering from a concussion.
Extensive testing determined that Pavelec's initial problem was
merely a common type of fainting spell.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota Timberwolves swingman Martell
Webster will miss the first four to six weeks of the season
following back surgery.
Webster originally hurt his back while playing for Portland
during the postseason last spring and aggravated it during
preseason. He was acquired by the Wolves from the Trail Blazers for
Luke Bobbitt and averaged 12 points and three rebounds during the
Bucks tie up Jennings for third season
(AP) - The Sacramento Kings have exercised a contract option on
reigning Rookie of the Year Tyreke (ty-REEK') Evans, third-year
forwards Jason Thompson and Donte Greene, and second-year forward
Evans last season joined LeBron James, Michael Jordan, and Oscar
Robertson as the only rookies in NBA history to average at least 20
points, five rebounds, and five assists per game.
The Milwaukee Bucks are exercising the third-year option on
Brandon Jennings' rookie contract. Jennings started all 82 games
for the Bucks last year and finished third among rookies with 15.5
points, 5.7 assists and 1.3 steals.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have exercised their contract options
for six players, including starting point guard Russell Westbrook.
And the Chicago Bulls have exercised the fourth-year contract
option on All-Star forward Derrick Rose and third-year options on
two forwards, Taj Gibson and James Johnson.
SOCCER-PAUL THE OCTOPUS/OBIT
We hardly got to know him
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - Remember Paul the Octopus?
The tentacled tipster who fascinated football fans by predicting
results at the World Cup, died Tuesday in Germany.
Paul had reached the octopus old age of 2 1/2 years and died in
his tank at the Sea Life aquarium in Germany.
Paul correctly tipped the outcome of all seven of Germany's
games. He made his predictions by opening the lid of one of two
clear plastic boxes, each containing a mussel and bearing a team
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