Report: Giants' Burress accidentally shoots self


Super Bowl hero Plaxico Burress accidentally shot himself in the right thigh and spent the night in the hospital, another dramatic turn in a tumultuous season in which the star New York Giants wide receiver has been fined and suspended. The Giants said the shooting happened Friday night and Burress was released from the hospital early yesterday. The team did not say where the shooting took place, what hospital Burress went to or how badly he was injured. However, a team official told the Associated Press that Burress shot himself in a nightclub. A league official told ESPN the bullet went through the skin and muscle tissue of Burress' right thigh and did not hit any major arteries and that there were no broken bones. New York City police said they were investigating whether the incident took place at Latin Quarter, a sprawling 15,000-square-foot, two-story restaurant and club in the Radisson Lexington Hotel in midtown Manhattan. Police added that they have not spoken to Burress or recovered the gun used in the shooting. According to a report on the New York Post's Web site, Burress was trying to get into the club when he was confronted by security guards looking for weapons. Burress then moved to a secluded area with a guard and started taking out the gun. He apparently started trying to unload bullets from the gun and bobbled it, and a shot went off accidentally, sources told the Post. Burress could be charged in the incident if he did not have a license to carry a concealed weapon in New York. The NFL also is likely to investigate whether Burress violated its personal-conduct policy, which might lead to a suspension. Burress injured a hamstring two weeks ago against the Ravens, and the Giants said Friday that he would not play today against the Washington Redskins. Burress, who caught the winning pass in the Giants' Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots, was belatedly rewarded, signing a five-year, $35 million contract hours before the season opened in September. Burress has 35 catches for 454 yards and four touchdowns this season.

More Giants: : Veteran safety Sammy Knight will miss the rest of the season because of a hip problem.

Bears: : Chicago put Nathan Vasher on injured reserve with a broken right hand, ending the defensive back's season. Vasher, who was chosen for the Pro Bowl in 2005, appeared in eight games this season, including seven starts. He recorded 29 tackles with one interception and three pass breakups. Corey Graham is expected to move into his starting role for tonight's game against the Vikings.

Et cetera: : Colts safety Bob Sanders (right knee) will miss today's game in Cleveland. ... Dolphins defensive tackle Paul Soliai was suspended for the second time this season for an unspecified violation of team rules.

Pneumonia sidelines Notre Dame's Harangody

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Notre Dame forward Luke Harangody is out indefinitely with pneumonia. Harangody, the Big East Player of the Year last season, became ill after scoring 29 points and grabbing 13 rebounds in No. 8 Notre Dame's 81-80 victory over No. 6 Texas on Tuesday in the semifinals of the Maui Invitational. Despite feeling ill, he had 13 points and seven rebounds in a 102-87 loss to top-ranked North Carolina in the championship game Wednesday. Harangody, a junior, leads the Irish in scoring (22.6 points) and rebounding (11.2). Coach Mike Brey said Harangody could return Dec. 13 against Boston College.

Choi leads Skins Game with $75,000 birdie putt


K.J. Choi rolled in a 3-foot birdie putt worth $75,000 on the third hole, giving him the first-day lead in the 26th annual Skins Game in Indian Wells, Calif. Phil Mickelson earned $25,000 with a spectacular eagle-3 on the fourth hole, and two-time defending champion Stephen Ames and Skins Game rookie Rocco Mediate were shut out on the first nine holes. But with the foursome halving the final five holes of the front nine, $900,000 of the event's $1 million purse is still alive for today's final nine holes at the Celebrity Course at Indian Wells Golf Resort. Choi, also making his Skins Game debut, played the best golf of the group with five birdies.

World Cup of Golf:: Brendan Jones made a 4-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole, giving Australia a 9-under-par 63 and a share of the lead with Spain after the third round in Shenzhen, China. Miguel Angel Jimenez and Pablo Larrazabal of Spain, who held a four-stroke lead after two rounds, settled for a 67. Both teams were at 2-under 194.

Nash, Blue Jackets too much for Capitals

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