October 02, 2008|By From Sun staff and news services

Cardinals' Boldin has fractured sinus


Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin has a fractured sinus as a result of what he called the worst hit he has received in his football career. He doesn't know how long he will be sidelined, but when he returns, there will be no change in his trademark tough, aggressive style, he said yesterday. "For me it was just a part of football," Boldin said. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended New York Jets safety Eric Smith for one game and fined him $50,000 for the helmet-to-helmet hit on Boldin in the end zone during the waning seconds of the Jets' victory over the visiting Cardinals on Sunday. "You never know somebody's intentions," Boldin said, "but I didn't think it was intentional."

Redskins:: Defensive end Jason Taylor appears likely to miss a second straight game as he recovers from calf surgery. Taylor did not practice yesterday and was limited to jogging along the side of the field. Asked whether he has ruled Taylor out for Sunday's game against the Eagles, coach Jim Zorn said: "I think that, but I wouldn't say that because we just don't know."

Titans:: Quarterback Vince Young practiced for the first time since spraining his left knee Sept. 7 and sparking concern after police were called to help search for him. He was limited, but took a few snaps with the scout team and the first-team offense. Veteran Kerry Collins will continue to start if 4-0 Tennessee keeps winning, coach Jeff Fisher said.

Travis Henry:: Former Broncos running back Travis Henry has been arrested after an alleged cocaine deal, the Drug Enforcement Administration said. Henry and James Mack were arrested Tuesday in Centennial, Colo., after the two met to buy cocaine from a person who was cooperating with authorities, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Steelers:: Down to one healthy running back, Pittsburgh brought back two players from last season, signing Najeh Davenport and promoting Gary Russell from the practice squad. The Steelers lost Pro Bowl running back Willie Parker to a sprained knee last week and first-round draft pick Rashard Mendenhall to a season-ending fractured shoulder Monday night against the Ravens. The earliest that Parker will play again is Oct. 19 at Cincinnati. Mewelde Moore, normally the Steelers' third-down back, is expected to start Sunday at Jacksonville.

Bengals:: Quarterback Carson Palmer handed off during practice but didn't participate in pass plays, part of the plan to help his sore elbow heal. Palmer sat out a loss to the Browns on Sunday, and coach Marvin Lewis plans to wait until late in the week to decide whether Palmer or Ryan Fitzpatrick will start Sunday at Dallas.

Patriots:: Coach Bill Belichick denied the claim by Raiders owner Al Davis that New England had a workout with Randy Moss before obtaining him in a trade with Oakland. Davis said Tuesday that the Patriots had tampered with Moss before the deal in April 2007 that brought the wide receiver to the Patriots for a fourth-round choice that year on the weekend of the NFL draft.

Saints:: New Orleans signed Joey Harrington as its third quarterback.

Mets' Santana has knee surgery


New York Mets ace Johan Santana had arthroscopic surgery on torn cartilage in his left knee and is expected to be ready for spring training. The injury was revealed in a magnetic resonance imaging Tuesday. It was a bit of a surprise because Santana pitched a three-hit shutout on short rest Saturday against the Florida Marlins. Santana was brilliant in his first season with the Mets, going 16-7 with a major league-best 2.53 ERA and 206 strikeouts in 234 1/3 innings.

More Mets:: Pitcher Ambiorix Burgos, who spent the season on the disabled list while recovering from elbow ligament replacement surgery, was driving a sport utility vehicle when it slammed into two women who later died, police in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, said. Local police still were searching for Burgos late yesterday.

Attendance:: Major League Baseball's attendance dropped by 1.1 percent this year, ending a streak of four straight record seasons. Baseball finished with 78.6 million total fans and an average of 32,539, the commissioner's office said. That was down from 79.5 million and a 32,785 average in 2007.

S. Williams drops match, will lose No. 1 ranking

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Serena Williams' game collapsed in Stuttgart, Germany, after she swept the first set, leading to a 0-6, 6-1, 6-4 loss to China's Li Na that will cost her the No. 1 ranking. By dropping the second-round match at the Porsche Grand Prix, Williams will be overtaken by Jelena Jankovic in Monday's new rankings, the WTA said. Williams rolled through the first set and appeared headed for an easy victory. "I started making a lot of errors and I just gave it to her," she said.

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