Wednesday, December 20, 2006


TO fined for spitting

Dallas Cowboys big name TO has been fined US$35,000 by the NFL for spitting in the face of Atlanta Falcons cornerback DeAngelo Hall in last Saturday's 38-28 win.

The fine by new commissioner Roger Goodell is more than double the US$17,000 fine levied by former commissioner Paul Tagliabue against Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor for spitting in the face of Tampa Bay running back Michael Pittman in a play-off game last season.

Taylor was ejected from the game for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Owens spat on Hall after Dallas' sixth play from scrimmage, but it was not seen by the officials. Earlier in the series, Hall used his forearms to shove Owens.

Then after tight end Jason Witten caught a pass, Owens spat on Hall before heading back to the huddle.

"I got frustrated and I apologise for that (spitting)," Owens said. "It was a situation where he (Hall) kept bugging me and getting in my face."

"I lost all respect for the guy," Hall said of Owens. "You don't spit in another grown man's face."

Owens later beat Hall for a seven-yard touchdown late in the first quarter and a 51-yard score midway through the second quarter. He has 77 catches for 1,040 yards and 11 touchdowns this season.

Owens played just seven games with the Philadelphia Eagles last season before the club banished him for conduct detrimental to the team. He publicly criticised numerous members of the organisation - including star quarterback Donovan McNabb.

Signed to a three-year, US$25 million contract in the off-season by the Cowboys, Owens created quite a stir when he was admitted to a Dallas hospital on September 26 for what was classified by police as an "accidental overdose" of prescription painkillers.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006


Bad news for all you Dolphins fans...Culpepper Injured

The Miami Dolphins have shut down Daunte Culpepper for the rest of the year, placing the quarterback on injured reserve.

On November 30, the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair damaged cartilage in his right knee.

Culpepper, who turns 30 in January, appeared in just four games with the Dolphins this season before being sidelined with a shoulder injury.

The veteran looked shaky when he did play, throwing for 929 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions while being sacked 21 times.

With Culpepper at the controls, Miami went just 1-3 and averaged fewer than 13 points. The Dolphins (6-7) have fared much better lately with backup Joey Harrington

who is 5-4 as the starter.

Culpepper underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL, MCL and PCL last November while with the Minnesota Vikings. That did not deter the Dolphins from acquiring Culpepper from the Vikings last March for a second-round pick.

In seven-plus seasons with Minnesota and Miami, Culpepper has 21,091 career passing yards and 137 TDs with 89 interceptions.


Weeks 13 and 14 Recaps

Week 14 Recap

Bears 42-27 Rams
Saints 42-17 Cowboys
Broncos 20-48 Chargers
Bills 31-13 Jets
Seahawks 21-27 Cardinals
Packers 30-19 49ers
Titans 26-20 Texans
Vikings 30-20 Lions
Giants 27-13 Panthers
Eagles 21-19 Redskins
Falcons 17-6 Buccaneers
Colts 17-44 Jaguars
Patriots 0-21 Dolphins
Raiders 10-27 Bengals
Ravens 20-10 Chiefs
Browns 7-27 Steelers

WEEK 13 Recap

Baltimore 7-13 Cincinnati
Arizona 34-20 St. Louis
Atlanta 24-14 Washington
Detroit 21-28 New England
Indianapolis 17-20 Tennessee
Kansas City 28-31 Cleveland (OT)
Minnesota 13-23 Chicago
N.Y. Jets 38-10 Green Bay
San Diego 24-21 Buffalo
San Francisco 10-34 New Orleans
Jacksonville 24-10 Miami
Houston 23-14 Oakland
Tampa Bay 3-20 Pittsburgh
Dallas 23-20 N.Y. Giants
Seattle 23-20 Denver
Carolina 24-27 Philadelphia

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