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IN SPORTS: Andre Agassi dominates the fifth set to defeat Todd Martin for his second U.S. Open title. 1C f MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 1999 The Palm Beach Post s c SECTION CC DOrUTT DIIKI Rocket Ismail beats the Redskins with KUlRtl null a 76-yard TD in overtime. 2CC 4 . ..... . PROFOOTBALL Ike f to Davis, not QBs, is key tonight DENVER This quarterback soap opera is getting waaaaaay out of hand. Curtain rises on Dan Marino's Quest, Act 17, with questions on his arm, future and how this might end;1" jS .'.. .... 1 r . Is, for example, John Elway ever 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 DOLPHINS : at BRONCOS TODAY: 9 p.m. TV: WPBF-25? WLPG-10 V By Mark Woods Falm 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 A , ' J salute and perhaps, finally, Elway s s V I send-off into car sales or politics or 11 n whatever is anvbodv's eiiess. v ' 'I " i 4 T 2 INSIDE: Rosters, scouting report for tonight's game. Greg And then there's the Brian and Bob Stoda Griese thing. Brian is the kid from Miami i 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 Please 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. 4CC PATRIOTS JETS 30 28 tog estaverae T! :oes clown eis on N.Y. 'can t do anything' as All-Pro QB ruptures Achilles' tendon, out for season iff fift. WJk N 4 . By Thomas George The 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 head and 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 Parcells. 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 white flag up," Parcells said. "We will have to adjust and make the most of it and see what we can do." Linebacker 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, Super Bowl, Super Bowl.' Now you'll be saying, We're dead, we're dead, we're dead.' " Dolphins coach Jimmy Johnson wasn't going to say that. Johnson; who coached Testaverde at the University of Miami, and the Dol phins were watching the Jets game on their flight to Denver for tonight's season opener. "Vinny was an outstanding player and, of course, with my background having coached him in college I hate it for Vinny," Johnson said. "But the Jets have an outstanding football team. And just like any other team that has an injury. We know we've had a bunch of them ourselves." But that thought didn't strike Jets receiver Keyshawn Johnson. "Never in a million years did I think I was going to lose my starting, quarterback," Johnson said. He was relatively composed during his postgame news conference, with cameras rolling and lights flashing and writers penning his every word, and then Johnson actually said what a lot of the Jets privately felt. His , comments were full of expletives and he said: "There's nothing you can do. You can't do anything. " And he pounded his fist on the lectern and, full of dejection, left the interview room. Please see JETS, 5CC JOHN GREILICKThe Associated Press 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 WHY WE'RE HAPPY FOOTBALL IS BACK , yKt v- . nearly justifying S ;, ' ; k sports talk radio. 4. Troy Aikman and t Brett Favre showing t J the old guys can still 10. The Rocket. Roger, Dallas, we have liftoff. 9. 49ers' Bryant Young returning, starting, making three tackles . . . merely walking. 8. Trend! (We hope.) No TV timeouts in first quarter of 49ers-Jaguars because early games ran late. 7. Jake Plummer telling teammates, "You gotta i believe!" Then making all of us h TENNESSEE 36, CINCINNATI 35 I; New stadium for Titans, same pathetic D for Bengals. I;- DALLAS 41, WASHINGTON 35 (OT) : 21-point rally matches Dallas record. I' MINNESOTA 17, ATLANTA 14 About 8 months too late, but they'll take it. : JACKSONVILLE 41, SAN FRANCISCO 3 Dom, Dom, Dom, Dom (Capers) in Jax; doom in S.F.? DETROIT 28, SEATTLE 20 I 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 j : Welcome to the NFL, Slash tellsHval Browns, j 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 Warmer: 316 yards, 3 TD passes. wing it; Edgerrin James ' showing the young guys can indeed bring it. f 3. Joe Theismann on ESPN. At a time when we have mute buttons. i 2. Dawgs barking in Cleveland. Art Modell sobbing j I in Baltimore. 1. 9 o'clock tonight. ABC. f Dolphins-Broncos. Somebody believe, again. And six other tight finishes. 6. Lions 28, Seahawks 20. An excuse for Chris Berman to remind us, "That's why they Rlay the game." ; " I' ,V- cue Hank Williams. ' 1i i(Ti ill ' i Tn i A fli i

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