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SPORTS MONDAY SEPTEMBER 16,2002 THE HAYS DAILY NEWS • B3 Early showdown for Eagles, Redskins can steal the ASSOCIATED PRESS Buffalo Bills wide receiver Peerless Price, left, breaks a tackle by Minnesota Vikings safety Ronnie Bradford in Sunday's game in Minneapolis. Bills beat Vikings in OT '_ MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Buffalo Bills hope -'their first two games aren't the start of a tiring trend. "It'd be nice to win one in regulation," quarterback Drew Bledsoe said after the Bills beat the Minnesota Vikings 45-39 in overtime Sunday, Buffalo's second straight game that went to an extra period. Peerless Price streaked untouched for a 48-yard touchdown reception in OT, and Bledsoe set career and franchise highs with 463 yards passing. ..'• "It took everything we had," Bledsoe said, "but • '• hopefully this is a step for us in the right direction." ; The Bills, who lost 37-31 to the New York Jets last ' week when Chad Morton began overtime with his ,, second kickoff return for a touchdown, played back', to-back OT games for just the second time hi their ' -history — first done in 1987. It was also the third ''' time since 1995 that a team opened a season with two overtime games. Indianapolis split the two games in "" 1995, as did Tennessee in 1997. Mike Hollis tied it as time expired in regulation with a career-long 54-yard field goal that hit the .,crossbar and bounced over. That answered Moe Williams' 3-yard TD run that put the Vikings (0-2) up 39-36 with 26 seconds left — the fourth lead change of the fourth quarter. Bledsoe surpassed the 30,000-yard mark for his career, tying for the third-fastest player to do so. He completed 35 of 49 passes for three touchdowns — two to Price, who had 13 catches for 185 yards. , STEELERS 17 \*"-~'-'- ''• - ' At Pittsburgh; Rich Gannon broke nearjy every major single- game Raiders passing record, even those from the early days of *' the AFL Oakland's defense helped by forcing five turnovers as '-"• the Raiders beat the winless Steelers. .'•" Gannon came out throwing and kept throwing, completing 43 ' v of 64 passes for 403 yards and a touchdown. The 43 completions were only two short of the record held by Drew Bledsoe, who also had a record 70 attempts In a 1994 overtime win against Min«'. nesota. •'•-. The Raiders (2-0) rushed only 14 times, and their second at'"'tempt resulted in a 36-yard TD by Charlie Garner. it.. GIANTS 26, RAMS 21 ii.- At St. Louis, Kerry Collins completed 14 of his first 15 passes as the Giants (1-1) built a 17-point second-quarter lead and held 'j'"jpn to beat the defending conference champions. ' w ' St. Louis' offense has produced 37 points in two games as the ' ?',-Rams fell to 0-2 for the first time since 1998, the year before they " began their sudden rise to the top of the NFC. -, .-„ Colins finished 22-of-26 for 307 yards, and Jason Sehorn re•'. turned an interception 31 yards for a touchdown for his fourth ca- r <"reer defensive TD and fifth overall. '.b "!C PATRIOTS 44, JETS 7 At East Rutherford, N.J., Tebucky Jones and Victor Green had - defensive touchdowns and Tom Brady threw two TD passes for •' * the Patriots, who seem to have dispelled all doubts that their Su'"'per Bowl win was a fluke. '*' Adam Vinatieri kicked three field goals as New England (2-0) '"won its eighth straight regular-season game. The Patriots held the Jets (1-1) to one first down until Matt Turk ran 14 yards on a fake punt with 4% minutes left in the third quarter. DOLPHINS 21, COLTS 13 At Indianapolis, Ricky Williams ran for 132 yards on 24 carries and caught a touchdown pass, then watched tb.e Dolphins' defense hold on to win for the fifth straight time in Indianapolis. Williams became the first Dolphins rusher to top 100 yards two straight games since Bernle Parmalee In 1994. Jay Fiedler was 13-of-18 for 187 yards and two touchdowns, and he also ran for a 1-yard TD for Miami (2-0). Edgerrin James had 138 yards rushing on 30 carries for the Colts (1-1), breaking Eric Dlckerson's club record with his 25th career 100-yard game. SAINTS 35, PACKERS 20 -•"• At New Orleans, Aaron Brooks, who spent the 1999 season as Green Bay's third-string quarterback, was 16-of-28 for 217 , yards as New Orleans jumped out to an early 21-3 lead. The Saints (2-0) allowed 357 total yards, but the Packers (11) had just 95 on the ground. Green Bay converted just 3-for-13 third downs, compared with 7 of 12 for the Saints. Brett Favre was 29-of-44 for 270 yards and two touchdowns, but his streak of 158 straight passes without an Interception ended when Darrin Smith picked off one in the first quarter. Deuce McAllister, who took over for Ricky Williams as the Saints' main running back this season, rushed for 123 yards on 21 carries. It was his second straight game with over 100 yards rushing. COWBOYS 21, TITANS 13 At Irving, Texas, Quincy Carter quieted his critics, for the moment at least, by passing for 240 yards and no interceptions as Dallas rallied from last week's bitter defeat to expansion Houston. Carter perfectly executed a play fake for a 17-yard touchdown, then turned another well-run play-action into a 38-yard touchdown pass to Joey Galloway early in the fourth quarter. The Titans (1-1) had been in control the first 2'A quarters, despite quarterback Steve McNalr getting a mild concussion in the second quarter. He returned for the third quarter with Tennessee leading 10-7, but Dexter Coakley Intercepted his pass and returned it 52 yards for a touchdown and the Cowboys' first lead of the season. BEARS 14, FALCONS 13 At Atlanta, Brian Urlacher recovered a fumble by Michael Vick, sacked the speedy Atlanta quarterback twice and had 12 tackles as the Bears improved to 2-0 for the first time since 1991. Jim Miller threw a 14-yard TD pass to David Terrell early in the third quarter and the Bears held on, thanks to a missed field goal. Vick put the Falcons (0-2) in position to win, driving his team 44 yards to the Chicago 28. But the Falcons couldn't get a first down, and Jay Feely's 45-yard field-goal try was wide left. BUCCANEERS 25, RAVENS 0 At Baltimore, Karl Williams returned a punt 56 yards for a touchdown and Derrick Brooks scored pn.a 97-yard interception • "returnIs Tampa Bay gave Jon Grude'h tils' first victory as Buccaneers coach. The BUGS (i-1) limited the Ravens (0-2) to six first downs before the fourth quarter and repeatedly frustrated quarterback Chris Redman as Baltimore was shut out for the first time since Nov. 9, 1997. Redman, making his second NFL start for the Ravens, wore modified hightops, a tribute to the late Johnny Unitas, who also played college ball at Louisville and served as Redman's mentor. CHARGERS 24, TEXANS 3 At San Diego, Junior Seau, the perennial Pro Bowl linebacker, intercepted rookie David Carr to set up one of Curtis Conway's two touchdowns, and defensive end Raylee Johnson recovered Care's fumble in the end zone for another TD by the Chargers (2-0). Carr was sacked nine times and was just 6-of-25 for 87 yards as Houston failed in its bid to become the first expansion team to win its first two games. BROWNS 20, BENGALS 7 At Cleveland, late in the second quarter, Bengals quarterback Gus Frerotte was trying to avoid a sack by Cleveland's Orpheus Roye when Frerotte flung the ball with his left — non-throwing — hand. Kenard Lang Intercepted the toss and ran 71 yards to set up a touchdown that put the Browns ahead 17-0. Kelly Holcomb had another solid game as Tim Couch's fill-in, throwing for two touchdowns and 198 yards behind a depleted line as the Browns (1-1) sliced up an overmatched defense. Corey Dillon ran for 103 yards for Cincinnati (0-2). PANTHERS 31, LIONS 7 At Charlotte, N.C., Rodney Peete passed for 310 yards — his most since 1992 while with Detroit — and a touchdown for Carolina. The Panthers, 2-p for the first time since 1996, doubled their win total from a year ago; when they lost their last 15 games. Julius Peppers lived up to his billing with three sacks and a forced fumble for Carolina. The Lions (0-2) dropped their 10th straight road game and appeared just as bad as last year's team that went 2-14. CARDINALS 24, SEAHAWKS 13 At Seattle, Thomas Jones ran for a career-high 173 yards and MarTay Jenkins had a 95-yard kickoff return In the fourth quarter as the Cardinals rallied for the victory, ending Dilfer's 15-0 record as a starter. Despite the loss Dilfer, whose last defeat came' with the Ravens against Pittsburgh two years ago, was 29-of-47 for a career-best 352 yards and a touchdown for the Seahawks (0-2). The Cardinals (1-1) won the first regular-season game at Sea- hawks Stadium. LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Fred Smoot needed only one look at the standings to understand the importance of tonight's game between the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles. "Big. Big. Big," the Redskins corner- back said. "Right now, we show." A victory would give the Redskins (1-0) a two-game lead over the defending division champion Eagles (0-1) and a huge swath of momentum before a national audience. "We realize it's a long season," Redskins coach Steve Spurrier • said. "Division game, though. Division games are a little more important. Obviously within your division adds a little bit extra something." Even though the Eagles lost their opener, a look at the schedule shows the game is more crucial for the Redskins as they try to establish a new identity under Spurrier. Washington has road trips to San Francisco, Tennessee and Green Bay in the next four games, while Philadelphia has home dates against Dallas and Houston and a road trip to Jacksonville coming up. "I wouldn't say a must-win," Philadelphia safety Brian Dawkins said. "But this is a key game." The game should also prove a sterner test for Spurrier's offense, which rolled up 442 yards in a 3123 victory over defensively challenged Arizona, with Shane Matthews going 11-for-ll on third downs. Spurrier usually doesn't work his game plan around specific defensive players, which means he's likely to try to throw at stellar defensive backs Dawkins, Troy Vincent, Blaine Bishop and Bobby Taylor as if they were no-namers from the USFL. "I really don't worry all that much about who the guys are on the other team," Spurrier said. "Not as much as other people." Spurrier presents just the type of challenge that a two-time Pro Bowler like Dawkins loves to face. "He's not a guy who's afraid to take chances," Dawkins said. "I like what he's doing. You need that. You can't be afraid to take chances in the NFL. "He doesn't hold anything back. He knows that there's going to be chances for us to make plays and his receivers to make plays. He knows that there's going to be balls thrown up to see who can get it. You love those type of challenges." The Eagles offense was also off and running last week, building a 24-10 halftime lead against Tennessee, before losing 27-24. Coach Andy Reid took the blame by admitting his play-calling got too conservative with the big lead, but Donovan McNabb also threw two interceptions and was sacked several times in the second half. "You have to be very critical of yourself," McNabb said, "watch the second half and see the opportunities we had and how we handled them. That makes us hungry to go out there and do better this week." First-game injuries hit the Eagles hard. Pass-rushing defensive end Derrick Burgess broke a bone in his foot, and guard John Wei- bourn broke a leg. Veteran Michael Sinclair was signed this week to take Burgess' place, and Doug Brzezinski, who has made just one start since 1999, is expected to take Welbourn's spot. Vincent, who missed the opener with a bruised knee, is expected to play Welbourn's injury evens out because the player he would be blocking, Daryl Gardener, is doubtful with an ailing back. Carl Powell is expected to get his first NFL start at defensive tackle. There will be reunions aplenty before the game. Five former Redskins have signed with the Eagles over the last three years, while four-year Philadelphia middle linebacker Jeremiah Trotter is in Washington. A few days ago, Trotter said he "would love to drop those guys to 0-2." "This is a special week for me," Trotter sad. "It's special when you go back and play your old team." Newman claims first win LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Ryan Newman wanted nothing more than for the rain to come. Riding in front of the field under a caution flag, he knew that if the clouds opened he probably would have his first Winston Cup victory. "We had a little angel floating around in the sky," he said Sunday after winning the rain-shortened New Hampshire 300. "I was like, 'Just please rain. There's no reason why you shouldn't rain right now.'" The rain did fall, and Newman solidified his credentials as the top young driver hi NASCAR. The victory at New Hampshire International Speedway came after consecutive 'Second-place finishes. It was his series-leading 13th top-five finish in 27 races. Don Miller, who heads Roger Penske's stock car program, expects many more victories from his 24-year-old driver, a Purdue graduate. "He's one of the best," Miller said. "He's got a lot of traits like other drivers. Like Mark Donohue, he's a real thinker. He's got the tenacity of a Cale Yarborough. He's got the aptitude to qualify like no other driver I've ever seen." Newman barely held off Kurt Busch, with Tony Stewart right behind, when the race was called after 207 of 300 laps. Newman showed his poise late in the race, holding his ground as Busch bumped him from behind. Asked if he knew how hard Busch was pushing him, Newman laughed. "That's what we've got mirrors for," he said. Lap after lap, Busch drew up to Newman's bumper, barley tapping him once. A caution for rain was waved on lap 199. After seven more laps, NASCAR ended the race. "It was a great race," said .Busch, also among the young racers beginning to have a major impact in NASCAR. "He just raced me clean, and I appreciate it," Newman said. Newman's only momentary confusion came after he took the checkered flag. "I couldn't tell whether it was rain or champagne," he said. Newman has eight top-five finishes in his last 10 starts. He had five second-place finishes before breaking through in his 35th career start. Kournikova loses in finals SHANGHAI, China (AP) — Anna Kournikova is still seeking her first WTA singles title. Anna Smashnova dashed Kournikova's hopes with a 6-2,6-3 victory in the final of the Shanghai Open on Sunday. The 21-year-old Russian, better known for her glamour and lucrative commercial endorsements, has lost all four finals she has played in her career. "I am quite disappointed. She played her game, and I didn't play the right way," Kournikova said. "I tried to mix it up. I should have been more aggressive, gone to the net more." Kournikova was slowed by unforced errors, repeatedly hitting balls too long from the baseline and missing key shots at the net, Smashnova, ranked No. 19, was precise and controlled throughout the match. Kournikova, playing in her first singles final since 2000, was looking for her first singles title in 115 WTA tournaments. "Not only did the fans here wish me to win, but so did the fans all over the world," Kournikova said. HHS finishes llth BY THE HAYS DAILY NEWS SALINA — Senior Christa Tjeerdsma led the Hays High School girls' tennis team with a 14th-place finish Saturday at the Salina Central Invitational. Tjeerdsma finished with a 3-2 record in singles action. Hays High finished with 30 points, llth hi the team standings. Salina Central won the title with 98, followed by McPherson with 75 and Topeka High with 74. HHS senior Nicole Ediger finished 21st in singles action. In doubles action, senior Lindsay Miles and sophomore Abby Kruse led the way with a 16th- place finish. The duo finished with a 2-2 record. Hays High will compete in the Dodge City Invitational Thursday BRONCOS: Defense stymies 49ers • CONTINUED FROM PAGE Bl "You've got to be impressed with the quality of teams we've beaten so far." • Broncos defensive coordinator Ray Rhodes dropped two safeties and a linebacker into deep coverage, forcing the Niners to throw short completions. Tight end Eric Johnson caught seven passes for 69 yards, but linebackers Gold, John Mobley and Al Wilson swarmed all over the 49ers on those short receptions. The Broncos' simple adjustments were the secret to much of Tampa Bay's defensive success in recent years, and they're being copied throughout the NFL. The Giants used largely the same game plan against the 49ers last week. "The defense did a good job," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said. "That's an excellent offense to contain, and being able to put them into a one-dimensional game is really great." Griese, almost benched for Steve Beuerlein last week, was unimaginative but efficient in completing 14 of 19 passes for 119 yards. He threw a 1-yard scoring pass to Anderson in the third as Denver overcame a slow start on offense with 24 straight points over the final three quarters. A 39-yard pass interference penalty on the final play of the third quarter led to Gary's 1-yard TD run and a 17-7 lead for Denver. After Deltha O'Neal picked'off Jeff Garcia's pass at the 1, Denver went on a 99-yard drive, with Scottie Montgomery catching an 11- yard TD pass with 2:58 left. 'TWINS: No pile-on on field • CONTINUED FROM PAGE Bl '• The Twins have been on an emotional roller coaster since the day last November that Selig an- ^.nounced his intentions of shutting down two franchises. £. "We're the team that had to go >"' through contraction," Denny '-Hocking said. "It might be sweet- 'iil'jBr than this, but right now I don't Know how it could be." .-i., Hocking hit a two-run single in the seventh and LeCroy had a sac- ^irifice fly for the Twins, who had J hoped to celebrate on the infield at Jacobs Field. "We wanted to have a pile-on," ''"first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz .."said. "Maybe we can do that somewhere else." After getting the final out, the Twins headed inside to wait — and root for the free-spending '"Yankees. . L-«; "I could have never imagined .. that," Mientkiewicz said. "I'm looking at the TV, yelling, 'Come "On, (Jorge) Posada, let's go, you jW hit three home runs against us. Hit a home run.'" l "'•" Minnesota's magic number was stuck at three for two days as the Indians won the first two games of the series. But after Rick Reed pitched seven strong innings Saturday, Lohse had one. of his best outings. The right-hander allowed just two hits, walked none and struck out eight — one short of a career high. He was lifted following the rain delay for Johan Santana, who pitched two innings, Guardado then worked the ninth, retiring Karim Garcia on a grounder to Hocking at second to end it. Before the last out, Hocking looked to Mientkiewicz for advice on how to celebrate a division title they weren't sure was quite theirs. "Denny said to me, 'What do we do?' " Mientkiewicz said. "I said, 'I have no idea." We just decided as a group to walk off the field as professionals, and come in here and act like a bunch of crazy animals, and that's what we did." Then, looking around the room as his teammates lighted cigars and soaked each other, Hocking said, "I guess we're doing a pretty good job of acting like idiots." Bombers rally for victory BY THE HAYS DAILY NEWS HILL CITY - — The .. Paris (Texas) Bombers scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter to edge the Denver Titans 26-23 in the Battle on the Plains V Saturday night. The Bombers, the,2002 champions of the Dallas Amateur Football League, trailed 23-17 before Alonzo Harrison hit Walter Walker for a 76-yard scoring strike to give Paris the lead. Walker finished with six catches for 162 yards. Paris (9-3) finished with 304 yards of total offense, while Denver (12-2) finished with 253. The Bombers' win snapped a four- year whining streak by the Colorado Football Conference. Denver was that conference's 2002 champion. Area residents that competed in the game were Hill City football coaches Joe Anderson, Jon Coffey, Derek Reinhardt, Shawn Starr and Vince Walker. 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