Roethlisberger out as Steelers captain; Dixon to start opener
Ben Roethlisberger is no longer a Pittsburgh Steelers captain. Dennis Dixon is the new Steelers quarterback, at least for the time being. Roethlisberger, suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the season, was not chosen a Steelers captain in a vote by his teammates. He has been selected the previous two seasons. Wide receiver Hines Ward and tight end Heath Miller will be the offensive captains. In a different vote about the quarterbacks, Dixon got the one that counted — by coach Mike Tomlin. Dixon was selected over longtime backup Charlie Batch to start Sunday's opener against Atlanta, although he has started only one NFL game.
Redskins: Donovan McNabb is once again practicing with Washington after being sidelined two weeks with a sprained left ankle. McNabb was wearing a helmet instead of a baseball cap and took several snaps Monday during the 20 minutes of practice that reporters were allowed to watch. McNabb sprained his ankle in a preseason game against the Ravens on Aug. 21. Defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth took snaps only with the backups during the time the practice was open. Haynesworth continues to be relegated to reserve duty after months of tension between the two-time All-Pro and coach Mike Shanahan over several issues.
Jets: New York coach Rex Ryan said the team will re-sign veteran fullback Tony Richardson a day after cutting the popular player. The Jets will add Richardson to the 53-man roster, and Ryan said he will play in the season opener against the Ravens on Monday night.
Chargers: San Diego signed free agent quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan to a one-year contract. O'Sullivan spent 2009 with the Cincinnati Bengals, playing in three games.
Dolphins: Former first-round pick Jason Allen has won a starting job at cornerback for Miami, replacing second-year pro Sean Smith, coach Tony Sparano confirmed.
Buccaneers: Tampa Bay claimed rookie running back LeGarrette Blount off waivers and signed punter Chris Bryan. Blount was released by the Tennessee Titans after signing with them as an undrafted free agent and rushing for 118 yards and two touchdowns during the preseason. His draft prospects plunged after Oregon suspended him for eight games of his senior season for punching a Boise State player last September.
Seahawks: Seattle released veteran safety Jordan Babineaux, fullback Owen Schmitt and defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson. They were replaced on the roster by defensive end Raheem Brock, running back Michael Robinson and defensive tackle Junior Siavii.
Vikings: Minnesota has not ruled out that cornerback Cedric Griffin will play this week in New Orleans. Griffin blew out his left knee in the NFC championship game against the Saints in January, an anterior cruciate ligament injury that typically requires about nine months of recovery. Griffin recently returned to practice, but he was listed as a limited participant on the injury report released Monday by the Vikings.
Kobiskie raises win total to 10 on final day of Timonium meet
Ten was the magic number among riders and trainers during the seven-day Maryland State Fair meeting at Timonium, which concluded Monday afternoon. Dane Kobiskie sent out 28 starters over the past two weekends. Ten of his runners, including four Monday, met him back at the winner's circle, giving him the largest share of a $10,000 bonus that went to the top four conditioners at the meeting. Scott Lake finished second. J.D. Acosta rode two winners Monday and 10 overall to earn his second riding title in the past three years at Timonium. Jenna Joubert nearly caught Acosta on closing day, when she rode three winners to end her chase at nine. Live racing in Maryland returns to Laurel Park on Saturday for the start of the autumn meeting, highlighted by the 25th Jim McKay Maryland Million on Oct. 2.
Banjo's play gives Towson 3-2 win over St. Joseph's
Freshman forward Kay Banjo (Largo) scored the eventual game-winning goal in the 78th minute as Towson (2-0-0) overcame a late rally by host Saint Joseph's (0-2-0) to earn its second straight win, a 3-2 nonconference victory Sunday evening. Freshman forward Enrico Skrypzak scored in the 16th minute for the Tigers, who opened the scoring on an own goal by the Hawks in the fourth minute. Junior goalkeeper John Steele made four saves for Towson, who outshot Saint Joseph's, 14-12.