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Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison likely will start tomorrow night against the Tennessee Titans after practicing a second day in a return from a left knee injury that has sidelined him most of the season.Though Harrison was listed as questionable on the Colts’ injury report after yesterday’s workout, Coach Tony Dungy had said before the session he expected Harrison to start. He would not commit to a number of plays for the eight-time Pro Bowl selection."But he’ll start the game, and we’ll see how it goes," Dungy said before the practice.Harrison, who has not played since Oct. 22 at Jacksonville, went through a full workout Thursday and was able to take part in yesterday’s practice with nike Matt Forte Jersey Bears Matt Forte Womens Youth Mens Kids Sale no apparent problems.Earlier this week, Dungy had said that if Harrison played, he might keep quarterback Peyton Manning in the game longer to work on their timing.Meanwhile, two-time Pro Bowler Bob Sanders agreed to a five-year contract extension, a deal that will keep him with Indianapolis through 2012 and makes him one of the league’s highest-paid safeties.The deal reportedly is worth $37.5 Bears Matt Forte Womens Youth Mens Kids Sale million and includes $20 million in guaranteed salary.Sanders’s average salary of $7.5 million under the extension is nearly $1 million more than what Pittsburgh’s Troy Polamalu got in his new deal in July, and the guaranteed money is more than what Ed Reed got when he signed an extension with the Ravens in June 2006.Sanders’s contract was to expire after this season.BRONCOS: The determination that took Rod Smith from an undrafted wide receiver out of Missouri Southern to a Pro Bowl selection and a two-time Super Bowl champion may spell the end of his career.The Denver co-captain, 37, revealed that his surgically repaired left hip hurts more than ever and that a specialist will resurface or replace the joint in January."I was always told you play this game as long as you can and if I’ve played my last football game, I did that," said Smith, who has more catches, touchdown receptions and receiving yards than any undrafted player in NFL history. "And so I’m okay with that."AROUND THE LEAGUE: Nearly all of the NFL’s former drug testing agents filed a federal lawsuit yesterday, saying they were fired and effectively blacklisted because of a labor dispute.The drug testers — most of whom were retired FBI and DEA agents nike Matt Forte Jersey — were replaced this year after the league decided to outsource the job of collecting player urine samples to independent company Comprehensive Drug Testing.In the lawsuit, 93 former drug program agents said the NFL’s firings were in retaliation for their attempt to have themselves declared league employees, rather than independent contractors. . . .The league has fined official Jim Quirk one game check — $8,150 — for inappropriate physical contact with players, including Green Bay linebacker Nick Barnett.The decision came after Quirk grabbed Barnett by the neck and threw him to the ground while breaking up a scuffle during the Packers’ loss at Chicago on Sunday. Green Bay Coach Mike McCarthy had called Quirk’s actions "totally unprofessional."/* BEGIN TOP STRIP STYLES */#customTS-SingleThumbBlog width:454px;margin-bottom:6px;padding-bottom:6px;font:11px Arial;border-bottom:solid 1px #CCC;#customTS-SingleThumbBlog p margin:0;padding:0;#customTS-SingleThumbBlog a:link, #customTS-SingleThumbBlog a:visited text-decoration:none;font-weight:bold;#customTS-SingleThumbBlog a:hover text-decoration:underline;color:#C00;#customTS-SingleThumbBlog .redkicker font-weight:bold;color:#C00;margin-bottom: 4px;#customTS-SingleThumbBlog .thumbSlot float:left;width:80px;#customTS-SingleThumbBlog .textSlot float:right;width:368px;#customTS-SingleThumbBlog ul padding:0;list-style-type:none;font-weight:bold;margin:0;#customTS-SingleThumbBlog li background-image:url(http://media.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/images/bullet_3x3_999999.gif);background-repeat:no-repeat;background-position:0px .4em;padding-left:6px;padding-bottom:2px; Latest Posts From NFL News Feed More Posts | Sports Blog Directory #botPromoStrip background: #fff url(‘http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/sports/longterm/2007/photo/gray624.jpg’) no-repeat; padding: 7px 10px; margin: 5px 0 10px 0;More in the NFL SectionThe LeagueA conversation about what’s happening today in the NFL.NFL News FeedMark Maske keeps you up-to-date with all of the latest news in the NFL.Redskins InsiderJason Reid provides exlusive analysis of the Redskins.

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Shawn Springs grew up in Silver Spring, where virtually all his friends were rabid fans of the Washington Redskins. But his father, Ron, was a Dallas Cowboys running back for six years. The Springs household was decorated with Cowboys paraphernalia, and Ron tutored his son about the Cowboys’ rich history. So Shawn Springs — who starred in football and track at Springbrook High — was raised an avid Cowboys fan."You don’t have any choice if your dad plays for the Cowboys," Springs said, laughing. "So you have Cowboys stuff all over your bedroom."It was a sin in my household to be a Redskins fan."Springs remained a Cowboys fan at Ohio State and even after he was drafted third overall by Seattle in 1997. The longtime Washingtonian — who also lived in Dallas and Ohio — remained an anomaly among childhood friends until the 2004 season when he signed with the Redskins following seven seasons with the Seahawks.After receiving the first installment of his $10 million signing bonus, Springs changed allegiances. " ‘Hail to the Redskins.’ Yeah," recalled Springs, who was born in Williamsburg, where his father starred in high school. "I became a Redskins fan."Tomorrow night at Texas Stadium, Springs will try to help defeat his father’s old team and his former favorite team, which has won nine straight at home.Last season in Dallas, the Cowboys won, 13-10, although Springs had an interception, two sacks and six tackles. (Wideout Patrick Crayton scored a touchdown with 30 seconds left after being initially defended by Springs. 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Texans RB Ryan Moats and his wife, Tamishia, said during a televised interview yesterday morning that Dallas police officer Robert Powell pointed his gun at Tamishia Moats during the recent traffic stop in which Powell prevented Ryan Moats from seeing his dying mother-in-law."When you’re in a situation like that, you really don’t think about how dangerous it is because honestly, he could have shot me," Tamishia Moats said during an appearance on ABC’s "Good Morning America." "He pointed the gun at me, and he basically said, you know: ‘Don’t take another step. Don’t move. Get back over here.’ . . . And in my mind I’m thinking, ‘Or else he’ll shoot.’ [But] I was thinking: ‘I am going to go inside the hospital. I nike C.J. Mosley Jersey Lions C.J. Mosley Womens Youth Mens Kids Sale will be by my mom’s side no matter what.’ At that point in time, I was ready for whatever he was going to do."Powell reportedly has told his superiors he drew his gun during the incident but did not point it at anyone. Lions C.J. Mosley Womens Youth Mens Kids Sale Tamishia Moats ignored Powell’s command to stay by her vehicle and went inside the adjacent hospital to be with her mother.– BRONCOS: According to the Denver Post, QB Jay Cutler has forfeited a $100,000 workout bonus written into his contract by missing more than 10 percent of the team’s offseason conditioning sessions.Cutler has been at odds with the club and its rookie head coach, Josh McDaniels, and asked to be traded.McDaniels said at last week’s annual league meeting that the team would attempt to repair its relationship with Cutler, who became upset after McDaniels and the Broncos considered trade offers for him in connection to a potential deal this offseason that would have sent QB Matt Cassel to Denver.According to the Denver Post, Cutler left his offseason home in Nashville for an unspecified location elsewhere in the country and isn’t expected to be at the Broncos’ facility within the next two weeks. The Broncos have a minicamp scheduled for April 17-19.– GIANTS: WR Plaxico Burress is scheduled to be in court today. Burress faces a weapon possession charge and a possible jail sentence of 3 1/2 to 15 years in connection with the November incident in which he shot himself in the leg at a New York nightclub.There have been recent reports that a potential plea deal is being negotiated, although such an agreement reportedly might include jail time for Burress.– RAVENS: Baltimore’s preseason schedule begins Aug. 13 against the Washington Redskins at M&T Bank Stadium on a Thursday night. The Ravens will face the New York Jets and former Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan, hired as the Jets’ head coach, 11 days later at home, then finish the preseason with games at Carolina and Atlanta."It’s a good schedule against quality teams," Ravens Coach John Harbaugh said in a written statement released by the club. "We know our fans will like playing the Redskins because of the regional rivalry. Getting the chance to play on national television against the Jets is something that will excite the players."We keep telling the players that we’re working to get better every day. That will be our continued goal in the preseason — to try to improve with each of the four games and then be ready for the regular season."– Mark MaskeBEST READER COMMENT Ever wanted to be in The Washington Post? Now you can. The League’s team of experts will select the best comments to appear in the Sports section and online. GRAND PRIZE At the end of the season the most-excerpted reader wins a pass to join The Washington Post during our annual Draft Day Extravaganza. Learn more at http://washingtonpost.com/theleague#botPromoStrip background: #fff url(‘http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/sports/longterm/2007/photo/gray624.jpg’) no-repeat; padding: 7px 10px; margin: 5px 0 10px 0;More in the Ravens SectionNFL InsiderThe Post’s Mark Maske provides exclusive analysis and keeps you up-to- date with all of the latest NFL news.Fantasy ChallengePut your fantasy analysis, nike C.J. Mosley Jersey drafting and trading skills to the ultimate test with this free, full-featured fantasy league.Slideshow: Checkin In With Ovechkin–>

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Pat Hill, the man with the Fu Manchu mustache and sweat-stained hat, has built Fresno State into one of the nation’s most robust mid-level college football programs, winning 10 of his last 16 games against Bowl Championship Series schools. But losses to less recognizable conference opponents have denied Fresno State the chance to join Utah as the only so-called mid-major school to play in the BCS.”You know what they did?” Hill said of last season’s undefeated Utes. “They did it every week, something we have not done here.”This season’s Fresno State team, Hill’s ninth, figures to be his best, laden with talent and maturity, two requisites as the Bulldogs navigate an intriguing and typically treacherous schedule. Hill’s mantra this fall: “Twelve Game 7s.”To that end, it is no surprise the first game Hill referenced in a telephone interview was not the program’s long awaited Nov. 19 matchup at Southern California, the two-time defending national champion. Hill instead pointed to Oct. 8 in Las Cruces, N.M., against New Mexico State, one of the country’s worst teams.”I think we can paint a very vivid picture of what happened to us when we went to Ruston, La., and they [players] will understand it,” Hill said. “We’ve never had that before, those life experiences you can really count on.”Last season, resounding back-to-back road victories over Washington and Kansas State fueled talk of a Fiesta Bowl berth waiting at season’s end. All players heard from outsiders entering the Oct. 2 conference opener at Louisiana Tech was how they needed to beat Tech by the same margin Miami and Tennessee had in September, by at least 25 points, to stay on BCS course.”Sometimes,” defensive tackle Garrett McIntyre Cardinals LaRon Byrd Womens Youth Mens Kids Sale conceded, “you overlook games or wonder about the BCS. We can’t do that.”After dominating the first half yardage-wise, Hill eyed players in the locker room and did not see facial expressions usually associated with a team holding a six-point lead. He saw panic — “big panic.”"The pressure trying to win by score was more important than just winning,” he nike LaRon Byrd Jersey Cardinals LaRon Byrd Womens Youth Mens Kids Sale said of players’ mind-sets. “It is the constant pressure that as soon as you get in contention for one of those [BCS] games, you have to do something that gets style points.”Tech won, 28-21, leaving Hill nearly at a loss for words and Tech fans acting as if they had won the Rose Bowl. Students carried a dismantled goal post to parties. Linebacker Jeremy Hamilton hollered, “No BCS for y’all!”He was right, and it was not the nike LaRon Byrd Jersey first time a rank-and-file Western Athletic Conference school quashed Fresno State’s bold postseason aspirations. Former quarterback David Carr, who was chosen first overall in the 2002 NFL draft, led the Bulldogs to consecutive victories over BCS schools Colorado, Oregon State and Wisconsin to open 2001.Carr graced the cover of Sports Illustrated; school officials said at the time their money could not buy the amount of positive publicity the program received. But losses to Boise State and Hawaii midway through the season caused national media types to scatter from California’s San Joaquin Valley as fast as they had arrived.CONTINUED    1  2  3   Next >#botPromoStrip background: #fff url(‘http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/sports/longterm/2007/photo/gray624.jpg’) no-repeat; padding: 7px 10px; margin: 5px 0 10px 0;More in the Sports SectionTerrapins InsiderGet the latest updates on Maryland basketball and football.Recruiting InsiderJosh Barr keeps you in the loop on the local and national prep talent.D.C. Sports BogDan Steinberg gives you an inside look at all of your favorite local teams.

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As he sat by himself on a flight to Green Bay yesterday morning, Brett Favre struggled to find a sincere and graceful way to say he was finished with football.In the end, his tears told the story."It’s been a great career for me, and it’s over," Favre said, his voice cracking with emotion during a news conference at Lambeau Field two days after he announced his retirement. "As hard as that is for me to say, it’s over."Wearing an untucked shirt and blue jeans, Favre said he was convinced he nike Vontaze Burfict Jersey Bengals Vontaze Burfict Womens Youth Mens Kids Sale could still play, but had lost his passion to practice and prepare. Given that fact, he could draw only one conclusion: It was time to hang up his helmet.”I have way too much pride,” Favre said. “I expect a lot out of myself. And if I cannot do those things 100 percent, then I can’t play.”After the news conference, Favre put his Bengals Vontaze Burfict Womens Youth Mens Kids Sale arm around his tearful wife, Deanna, and left the stage — presumably for good. He takes with him a Super Bowl victory, virtually every quarterback record worth having and the widespread admiration of his peers and fans.Favre, 38, also leaves with graying hair and a deliberate gait — nike Vontaze Burfict Jersey signs that the years have taken a toll on the man who was celebrated for playing a serious and precise game with the carefree joy of a little boy.He cried yesterday as he discussed his decision. “I promised I wouldn’t get emotional,” he said. But as the tears flowed, he added: “I’ve watched hundreds of players retire and you wonder what that would be like. You think you’re prepared . . . “Favre thanked the Green Bay Packers for letting him play.”I hope that with every penny they’ve spent on me, they know it was money well spent,” he said. “It wasn’t about the money or fame or records. I hear people talk about your accomplishments and things. It was never my accomplishments, it was our accomplishments.”Favre is the NFL’s only three-time MVP, and leads the league with 442 touchdown passes, 61,655 yards passing and 160 victories. He started 253 consecutive regular season games, more than any other quarterback. Favre also holds the more dubious mark of 288 interceptions — an indication of the wild streak that only made him more human. The same was true of Favre’s struggle with an addiction to prescription painkillers, his support of his wife through her battle with breast cancer and a memorable Monday night game after the death of his father.Favre’s final pass was an interception in overtime of the NFC championship game, a mistake that set up the New York Giants’ field goal that sent the Packers home instead of to the Super Bowl. Most had figured Favre couldn’t exit that way.”I’m going out on top,” he said. “Believe me, I could care less what other people think. It’s what I think, and I’m going out on top.”Some who know Favre doubt he will be able to spend Sundays on the couch.”I don’t even want to think about next year,” he said. “Will I watch games? I’m sure I will. Will I be involved? I always made the joke I’d be here for an honorary coin toss. Well, that time may come, so I may be back for something like that. But as far as giving advice, I don’t think that will happen.”– From News Services/* BEGIN TOP STRIP STYLES */#customTS-SingleThumbBlog width:454px;margin-bottom:6px;padding-bottom:6px;font:11px Arial;border-bottom:solid 1px #CCC;#customTS-SingleThumbBlog p margin:0;padding:0;#customTS-SingleThumbBlog a:link, #customTS-SingleThumbBlog a:visited text-decoration:none;font-weight:bold;#customTS-SingleThumbBlog a:hover text-decoration:underline;color:#C00;#customTS-SingleThumbBlog .redkicker font-weight:bold;color:#C00;margin-bottom: 4px;#customTS-SingleThumbBlog .thumbSlot float:left;width:80px;#customTS-SingleThumbBlog .textSlot float:right;width:368px;#customTS-SingleThumbBlog ul padding:0;list-style-type:none;font-weight:bold;margin:0;#customTS-SingleThumbBlog li background-image:url(http://media.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/images/bullet_3x3_999999.gif);background-repeat:no-repeat;background-position:0px .4em;padding-left:6px;padding-bottom:2px; Latest Posts From NFL News Feed More Posts | Sports Blog Directory #botPromoStrip background: #fff url(‘http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/sports/longterm/2007/photo/gray624.jpg’) no-repeat; padding: 7px 10px; margin: 5px 0 10px 0;More in the NFL SectionThe LeagueA conversation about what’s happening today in the NFL.NFL News FeedMark Maske keeps you up-to-date with all of the latest news in the NFL.Redskins InsiderJason Reid provides exlusive analysis of the Redskins.