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2C THE PALM BEACH POST TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1999 Sports WHO AM I? I was the first U.S. president to attend a major league baseball game while in office. (Answer below) QUOTE OF THE DAY "As long as that arm stays on that shoulder." TODAY IN HISTORY In 1986, Chicago's Walter Payton rushed for 177 yards to reach the 15,000-yard plateau, and scored his 100th career rushing TD. TYPflUr RRAYTftM Hanwar . cornerback, when asked how long Miami QB Dan Marino r turns 38 on Wednesday. V Mirer: Is he this year's Vinny? WATCH people in spoars'"77": . w i ii i pwww-M rwi tm m mm Injury report NAME TEAM INJURY STATUS Brett Favre Packers Hand Probable Thurman Thomas Bills Liver, kidneys Out six weeks Chris Chandler Falcons Hamstring Uncertain Ricky Williams Saints Ankle Uncertain Lawrence Phillips 49ers Concussion Uncertain Steve Beuerlein Panthers Knee Probable Fred Taylor Jaguars Foot Uncertain Chad Brown Seahawks Neck Questionable Fred Thomas Seahawks Fibula Out for season DETROIT LIONS: Defensive tackle Luther Elliss signed a six-year contract extension through the 2005 season. GREEN BAY PACKERS: Quarterback Brett Favre, who led a dramatic game-winning drive while playing with an injured right hand and then wept at his post-game news conference, said he cried tears of joy, not pain. "I'm emotional anyway," he said. "It wasn't that my arm was broken or my thumb. I don't know what it was." JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: Running back Fred Taylor, a former Glades Central and University of Florida star, wore an air cast over his sprained left foot at practice. Coach Tom Coughlin said it was too early to tell how severe the injury was and whether Taylor would be available for Sunday's game against Carolina. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS: Ricky Williams, whose NFL debut consisted of 10 carries for 40 yards before re-spraining his left ankle, will be listed as questionable for Sunday's game at San Francisco. If he is not healthy, coach Mike Ditka would rather hold out Williams, since the Saints are off the following week. ST. LOUIS RAMS: Fullback Derrick Harris, who lost his starting job to Robert Holcombe in training camp, was waived. Harris was a sixth-round draft pick out of UM in 1996. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS: Former Pro Bowl safety Merton Hanks, released last week after eight seasons with the 49ers, signed with the Seahawks. Seattle, which had four players injured Sunday, including linebacker Chad Brown and cornerback Fred Thomas, will use Hanks in its nickel defense. Bills' Thurman Thomas will be out at least six weeks with a bruised liver and kidneys. Palm Beach Post Wire Services An encouraging thought for New York Jets fans who think the season is over because Vinny Testaverde is gone with a torn Achilles' tendon: Maybe Rick Mirer is this year's Vinny. NFL Yes, losing Testaverde may have dropped the Jets from the top of the AFC to the middle, left Keyshawn Johnson distraught and Bill Parcells hiding his face from cameras as he exited the field. But remember that Testaverde, the No. 1 overall pick in 1987 from the University of Miami, was viewed a failure until last season, just as Mirer, No. 2 overall in 1993, is viewed now. "There are lot of similarities if you look at the beginning of our careers," Mirer said Monday. "Vinny showed me last year that good things can happen." Parcells has been through this before. In 1990, the Giants lost Phil Simms but won the Super Bowl with untested Jeff Hostetler. . "That was 11 games into the season, a big difference," Parcells said. "It was quite an urgent situation then, a lot was on the line when it happened. We knew the playoffs were coming up and we would certainly be involved in them. Now, we just have to try to win a game." With Parcells' help, Mirer son, has never missed more than two games in an NFL season. Thomas, 33, was hit in the ribs by Indianapolis cornerback Tyrone Poole. CHICAGO BEARS: The Bears continued to play musical kickers, re-signing veteran Jeff Jaeger just two days after releasing him. Rookie Brian Gowins, released once this season, was waived again but could be re-signed to the practice squad if he clears waivers. CINCINNATI BENGALS: Rookie cornerback Charles Fisher tore three ligaments in his left knee during the Bengals' season-opening loss at Tennessee and will miss the rest of the season. DALLAS COWBOYS: Coach Chan Gailey remained on an emotional high after the Cowboys' comeback from a 35-14 deficit in their 41-35 overtime victory at Washington. "We talk about don't quit you can come back, if they can score 20 in the third quarter you can score 21 in the fourth quarter, but until you do it and see it and feel it and it happens, you're not sure," Gailey said. "Now, they realize they can." Place your results-getting Palm Beach Post ad today. Call 820-4300. pa iilLJiL; ED BAILEYThe Associated Press Tiffany Rich (right), a 10-year-old who has cystic fibrosis, and her friend Callie Pegadiotes, 12, sit on the Tide Ford Taurus. The girls created the winning paint design as part of a contest. Ricky Rudd's car gets a makeover Palm Beach Post Wire Services She's not even close to getting her learner's permit, yet Tiffany Rich's imprint will be felt by NASCAR next month. The 10-year old San Francisco girl, with the help of 12-year-old Callie Pegadiotes, designed the No. 10 Ford Taurus driven by Ricky Rudd, which will debut at the Napa Auto Care 500 in Martinsville, Va., on Oct 3. Rich, who has cystic fibrosis, created a 'Tide-dye" motif for the car, which was displayed Monday at FAO Schwarz in New York. The girls won a contest held at Give Kids the World, an Orlando-based charity that fulfills the wishes of terminally ill children and their families. Tide will make a donation to the foundation for every lap completed by Rudd at the Oct 3 race. "I can't believe it" Rich said. "I thought we wouldn't win." Bergkamp takes the scenic route Terrified of flying, Dennis Bergkamp started a 750-mile car journey from London to Florence, Italy, on Sunday so he can play in Arsenal's Champions Cup game against Fiorentina today. The Gunners slumped out of the competition at the same stage last season, and were hampered by not being able to field the talented Dutch striker in away games, notably a loss to Dynamo Kiev. "He will not step onto an aircraft and we have accepted that," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said after the Gunners' 3-1 victory against Aston Villa on Saturday. "But when you have a player like Bergkamp, it is difficult to think about just letting him stay at home when you can get him to a game like this by other means." How about ice cream and cake? Art Spander of the Oakland Tribune, commenting on Arnold Palmer, who turned 70 on Friday: "Once that used to be his score. On a bad day. Now it's his age. But as long as he's out there ready to make a charge, hell never grow old. " 'Arnold Palmer,' Curtis Strange once observed, 'makes people feel like he's their best friend.' What a beautiful, accurate poignant summation of a man. What a glorious way to be recognized." TODAY'S ANSWER: Benjamin Harrison in 1892. - 1 "1 J Practice an afterthought at Panthers' training camp On the On television Baseball 10:05 p.m. Marlins at Giants Golf 9 a.m. World Championship of Women's Golf Golf Channel Soccer 8 p.m. U.S. Open Cup final: ESPN Colorado Rapids vs. Rochester Raging Rhinos could quarterback the Jets to the playoffs, even with an offense that also has lost starting wide receiver Wayne Chrebet for six weeks and third-down back Leon Johnson for the season. Mirer had a good rookie year in Seattle and has never been the same. He bombed in Chicago, which surrendered a first-round Eick to get him from the Sea-awks. Then he was third string behind Brett Favre and Doug Pederson in Green Bay last season before being acquired by the Jets last month. Mirer sounded optimistic Monday. "Here the quarterback doesn't need to make tons of decisions at the line, just execute plays," he said. "I just need to get up to speed." BUFFALO BILLS: Thurman Thomas, Buffalo's all-time leading rusher, will be sidelined for at least six weeks, coach Wade Phillips said. Thomas bruised his liver and kidneys on the first play of the team's season-opening loss at Indianapolis when he reached to catch a high pass from Doug Flutie. Thomas, in his 12th sea- T Training camp UP: Goaltender Sean Burke made several brilliant saves, including three point-blank shots on breakaways two by Oleg Kvasha and one by Peter Worrell. . . . Goalie Trevor Kidd also made several spectacular stops. . . . Rookie Eric Boguniecki, who had 32 goals and 34 assists at Fort Wayne in the IHL last season, rebounded his own shot off Burke's stick and slipped the puck into the lower right corner of the net. . . . Rob Niedermayer beat Burke with a nifty move from the right side. . . . Perhaps the most spectacular goal of the day came on a no-look, behind-the-back shot by Mark Parrish from just outside the crease. DOWN: Right wing Marcus Nilson (ankle) is listed as day-to-day. MISMATCH: Rookie goaltender Richard Shulmistra, who had a shutout in Thursday's scrimmage, must have thought there were too many men on the ice Monday as pucks were flying past him during a 5-on-l drill against Kvasha, Niedermayer, Parrish and defensemen Bret Hedican and Lance Pitlick. Chuck Otterson he said. "That's my main goal.' AROUND THE NHL Rangers 5, Coyotes 2: Stephane Quintal scored two goals and Adam Graves added a goal and an assist and New York (1-1) beat Phoenix (0-2-1) in Minneapolis. B Hasek takes to ice: Buffalo Sabres goaltender Dominik Hasek skated Monday for the first time since Brett Hull's controversial goal gave the Dallas Stars the Stanley Cup. Hasek, who was sidelined for several games last season by a groin injury but returned to lead the Sabres to the finals, said he plans to join the team for a full practice Thursday in Amherst N.Y. B The Associated Press contributed to this story. ? On radio Baseball 7:05 p.m. 8:05 p.m. 9:30 p.m. Yankees at Blue Jays Mets at Rockies Marlins pre-game 10:05 p.m. Marlins at Giants On the Internet Tell us what you think about the Marlins, Dolphins, Heat, Panthers, UF, FSU and Miami as you read the latest stories at www.GoPBI.comsports. On the Area events All events canceled because of Hurricane Telephones For questions about the sports section, please call: Sports department 820-4440 Fax number Walk $7.50 Ride $12.00 after 1 :00 p.m. 5 OK m GoPBI.com i. ,i...r 7 .r..r. 9X 3 3 r By Chuck Otterson Palm Beach Post Staff Writer CORAL SPRINGS Hurricanes dominated conversation at the Florida Panthers' training camp Monday. Most of the talk before, during and after morning and afternoon workouts at Incredible Ice had little to do with the Carolina franchise the Panthers are scheduled to play in an NHL exhibition tonight at Fort Myers, however. The game was cancelled Monday night and may be rescheduled. "It looks like this is for real," coach Terry Murray said as Hurricane Floyd continued moving toward South Florida. "At the very least, well get some high winds. "It's very dangerous, and we're trying to make the players aware of that." Many of the Panthers, being from western Canada or Europe, have no experience with anything resembling a Category 4 or 5 hurricane. "I'm not really afraid of them," said Pavel Bure, who lives on the 20th floor of a beachfront high-rise. "I don't know what to expect, but I'm not going away. Ill see how wet it is; next time I may go away." Rob Niedermayer said he's "more nervous than I was last year (when Hurricane Georges approached). I was in a condo on the seventh floor, now I'm in a house. I never really had to deal with anything like this." "I honestly don't know anything about hurricanes," Ray Whitney said. "The size doesn't mean anything to me because I don't know anything to compare it to. It's a little scary." General Manager Bryan Murray said he "never had to think about hurricanes till I came down here except for one time in Hartford when they taped the windows of the hotel." The Panthers were scheduled to play the Hurricanes at 7:30 tonight in the first of three exhibitions in four days. Instead their first game will be Thursday against the Predators in Knox-ville, Tenn. Terry Murray said Bure, who is coming off knee surgery, probably won't play in any of the three. "We've got a lot of young kids we want to take a look at," he said. "I'm not going to put Pavel in the lineup the first few games. "You can't play your veterans every night We'll give some young guys an opportunity." Bure said there was "no reason to risk" his knee in a meaningless exhibition. "The real games Iftart Oct 2," air SpoitsChannel WBGF-93.5FM WPSL-1590AM WQAM-560AM, WQBA-1140AM, WJNO-1040AM, WJNX-1330AM WQAM-560AM, WQBA-1140AM, WJNO-1040AM, WJNX-1330AM, WBGF-93.5FM field Floyd. , 820-4481 up for top award In brief between Andre Agassi and Todd Martin drew a 7.1 overnight rating and a 14 share, up 133 percent from last year Second-seeded Alex Corretja defeated David Prinosil 64, 64 in the opening round of the Mallor-ca Open in Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands. Among those who also advanced were Francisco Clavet and Alberto Martin. (Results, 70 Arena football: Former NFL quarterback Ron JaworskJ is part of a group that purchased an Arena Football League expansion team. Commissioner David Baker said the location of the league's 19th team, which be play no later than 2002, has not been determined. Pro basketball: New Jersey Nets center Jayson Williams will undergo more surgery on his right knee today. Williams, an All-Star in 1997-98 and one of the NBA's top rebounders, broke his right leg and partially tore knee cartilage in a collision with teammate Stephen Marbury against Atlanta on April 1. Williams underwent surgery the next day. Dolphins-Bills Tickets! Palm Beach Interactive is giving away 4 tickets! Register to win each week at... www.GoPBI.com McDougall, Hill Palm Beach Post Wire Services Florida State's Marshall McDougall, who had an NCAA record six homers and 16 RBI in one game last season, and shortstop Bobby Hill, who helped Miami to the national championship, were named finalists Monday for the Golden Spikes award. Other finalists for the award given annually to the nation's top amateur baseball player were Detroit Tigers catcher Eric Munson, Colorado right-hander Jason Jennings, both first-round picks in June's amateur draft, and Nebraska first baseman Ken Harvey. Hill was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the second round, and McDougall was selected by Boston in the 26th round but neither has signed. The winner will be announced Nov. 3 in Las Vegas. B Tennis: For the third straight year, the women posted a higher overnight rating than the men in the U.S. Open finals. Saturday's upset victory by Palm Beach Gardens' Serena Williams over Martina Hingis drew a 7.2 overnight mark and a 17 share, double last year's title match between Hingis and Lindsay Davenport. Sundayt men's final t'r y ) ,

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