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j IN SPORTS: Andre Agassi dominates the fifth set to defeat Todd Martin for his second U.S. Open title. 1C a c jirTSECTION CC: - 1- H -V; "YV- . . 1 1 Monday, September 13, 1999 The Palm Beach Post ROCKET RUN Rocket Ismail beats the Redskins with a 76-yard TD in overtime. 2CC PRO FOOTBALL 1 7 r: ad? Due faa 1 Davis, not QBs, is key tonight : DENVER This quarterback soap opera is getting waaaaaay out of hand. ; Is, for example, John Elway ever Curtain rises on Dan Marino's Quest, Act 17, with : questions on his arm, future and how this might end,: , 1 viij r.-v going to leave the scene? Or has he decided to live the remainder of his life as one big retirement party? How city planners expect to pack the entire population of metropolitan Denver into Mile High Stadium for tonight's halftime salute and perhaps, finally, Elway's send-off into car sales or politics or whatever is anybody's guess. And then there's the Brian and Bob Griese thing. Brian is the kid from Miami By Mark Woods Palm Beach Post Staff Writer DENVER The story of Dan Marino feels like a cross between Cats and Gilligan's Island. It is an amazingly successful, record-setting, seemingly never-ending show. It also is a string of episodes where the Skipper and his crew believe that this is the time they get off the darned island, only to inevitably have something spoil their plans again. The curtain for the latest act the final act? rises at 9 tonight. You will recall that when the last act ended, we were in Denver's Mile High Stadium. And just when it looked like Marino had something that might get him off the island a defense that allowed the fewest points in the NFL during the regular season it turned out to be : Please see MARINO, 4CC DOLPHINS at BRONCOS TODAY: 9 p.m. TV: WPBF-25,: : WLPG-10 INSIDE: Rosters, scouting report for tonight's game. 4CC Greg Stoda born to Bob, who is the father who was . ' what else? a Dolphins quarterback in his day. The fact that Griese the Younger, beginning his Mease see STODA, 4CC 1998 file photo by ALLEN EYESTONEStaff Photographer John Elway and Dan Marino meet after their playoff game last season. 'It would be great to see Danny get a Super Bowl win and get the recognition that he really does deserve,' Elway says. PATRIOTS 30 28 fwm JETS .estaverae O down fers it goes 1 ets on 0 N.Y. 'can't do anything' as All-Pro QB ruptures Achilles' tendon, out for season Now what? Rick Mirer is the starting Jets quarterback now. Here's what they have: Last season he was 5-for-12 for 63 yards, with 1 interception and a 24.0 quarterback rating. So, if the Jets want to upgrade, here's who may be out there: FREE AGENTS Craig Erickson, Mark Rypien, Gino Torretta, Craig Whelihan, Thud Busby, Scott Zolak, Jeff Hostetler, Joe Namath. IT'LL COST 'EM Jeff Blake (Bengals), Steve Bono (Panthers), Bubby Brister (Broncos), Ty Detmer (Browns), Gus Frerotte (Lions), Danny Kanell, (Falcons), Chris Miller (Broncos), Warren Moon (Chiefs). r 33 1 Mf?M JM V? r'oiri ;ksa ..... a . ( j 1 1 By Thomas George Vie New York Times EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ. The game was not yet 23 minutes old, the New York Jets' season of a Super Bowl dream had not even reached its first halftime when Vinny Testaverde went down Sunday, on his knees, hunched into a human ball. Howling. With his left Achilles' tendon ruptured, with a pain in his heart that told him it was over for him for the year, right then, right there, on a Jets' fumble that bounced around and with Testaverde spinning, twisting, trying to pounce on it. Snap. Off the field he went, in a cart, with all Jets eyes following him, with the 78,227 fans in Giants Stadium watching in a deep trance. The New England Patriots were mesmerized, too. How can such a thing happen? In the first game? With an All-Pro quarterback? Snap. And thus, the Jets spent the rest of the game wondering one thing: How are we going to recover from this? They asked themselves that daunting question for this game and for the season. For the game, they could not, losing 30-28 on an Adam Vinatieri 23-yard field goal with three seconds left. For the season? "When you lose your quarterback, everybody is going to have to adjust," said Jets coach Bill Par-cells. Parcells knows Testaverde who a few hours after the game was scheduled for surgery faces a grueling recovery that will last at least a year. "No, I'm not putting the while flag up," Parcells said. "We will have to adjust and make the most of it and see what we can do." -'. Former Dolphins LB Bryan Cox said: "Vinny is a big part of what we do. It's tough, man. They ain't going to cancel the schedule. You guys were talking, 'Super Bowl, Supet Bowl, Super Bowl.' Now you'll be saying, 'We're dead, we're dead. JOHN GREILICKThe Associated Press Please see JETS, 5CC Vinny Testaverde is carried off the field in the second quarter. Said Bryan Cox: 'It's tough, man. They ain't going to cancel the schedule.' . . . SUNDAY'S SCORES RE HAPPY FOOTBALL IS BACK WHY WE' it, sv Roger, Dallas, we slO. The Rocket ;fiave liftoff. 5. Giants vs. Bucs, nearly justifying sports talk radio. 4. Troy Aikman and Brett Favre showing that the old guys can still 49ers' Bryant Young !returning, starting, making 'three tackles . . . merely walking. .j. Trend! (We hope.) No TV Ntimeouts in.first quarter of i:,49ers-Jaguars because early itgames ran late. ui. Jake Plummer telling Nfeammates,;"You gotta TENNESSEE 36, CINCINNATI 35 New stadium for Titans. Same pathetic D for Bengals.-" DALLAS 41, WASHINGTON 35 (OT) " 21-point rally matches Cowboys record. MINNESOTA 17, ATLANTA 14 - Vikings' fewest points since 14-13 loss to Lions in '97. JACKSONVILLE 41, SAN FRANCISCO 3 Dom, Dom, Dom, Dom (Capers) in Jax; doom in S.F.? DETROIT 28, SEATTLE 20 1 Mike Holmgren couldn't bear to watch. Could Barry? N.Y. GIANTS 17, TAMPA BAY 13 " Giants get 4 first downs - and 4 Dilfer giveaways. PITTSBURGH 43, CLEVELAND 0 Steelers' yards: 460. Browns' yards: 40. . CHICAGO 20, KANSAS CITY 17 Ex-Gator Shane Matthews: 245 yards, 2 TD passes. GREEN BAY 28, OAKLAND 24 Ailing Brett Favre leads 82-yard drive in final 1:51. INDIANAPOLIS 31, BUFFALO 14 Edgerrin James runs for 112, edge over Ricky Williams. NEW ORLEANS 19, CAROLINA 10 Saints score on opening kickoff, lose Williams. NEW ENGLAND 30, N.Y. JETS 28 " Could things have possibly gone worse for Tuna? ARIZONA 25, PHILADELPHIA 24 Jake Plummer is awful, magnificent in 21-point rally. ST. LOUIS 27, BALTIMORE 10 Kurt Warner: 316 yards, 3 TD passes. . ! wing it; Edgerrin James showing the young guys can indeed bring it. 3. Joe Theismann on ESPN. At a time when we have mute buttons. 2. Dawgs barking in Cleveland. Art Modell sobbing in Baltimore. uciicvc: i mci i ii iarii ig an ui uo believe, again. And six other ; tight finishes. 6. Lions 28, Seahawks 20. An : excuse for Chris Berman to ; remind us, "That's why they : play the game." - 1. 9 o'clock tonight. ABC. Dolphins-Broncos. Somebody cue Hank Williams. VV'V ' u , V fcuJliiii. ' ill .JlTHtlti. llllif U in i ! f - mifflin.,?- "" "