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HOUSTON -- Steve Slaton wanted the ball more.


So the rookie marched up to Houston coach Gary Kubiak at halftime, grabbed him by the shirt and told him so.


Kubiak listened and Slaton responded with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to lead the Texans to a 30-17 win over slumping Jacksonville in their Monday Night Football debut.



Fast Facts

• Mario Williams has 11 sacks this season while the rest of the Texans team has combined for nine sacks.

• Jaguars quarterback David Garrard has thrown 11 interceptions in 12 games.

• The Texans appeared on "Monday Night Football" for the first time in the franchise's seven-year history.

• Jacksonville running back Fred Taylor needs 18 yards to tie O.J. Simpson for 17th place on the NFL's all-time rushing yardage list.

-- ESPN research

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"I wanted to run the ball," Slaton said. "I wanted to let him know that if he needed someone to count on, it was me."


Mario Williams had a season-high three sacks and forced a fumble, Andre Johnson added a TD reception and Kris Brown kicked three field goals in the win, a highlight in Houston's disappointing season so far.


The top pick in the 2006 draft, Williams brought down quarterback David Garrard in the second, third and fourth quarters. He forced a fumble by Garrard on his last sack and Houston recovered on the 7.


"Our defense was excellent throughout the game," Kubiak said. "Our defense played extremely well, gave us tremendous opportunities."


Williams' sack set up Slaton's 7-yard score that made it 23-3 with 4:35 to go. Slaton tacked on a 40-yard TD run and finished with 130 yards rushing on 21 carries. He also had two catches for 52 yards in front of a franchise-record crowd of 70,809.


"Nothing's too big for him," Kubiak said. "To watch him get stronger at the end of the game is impressive."
Dayton Flyers Go 0-For But Win

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. -- Dayton broke a 13-year-old record for 3-point shooting futility on Friday against Auburn -- and the Flyers still won.


In a 60-59 overtime win in the Chicago Invitational Challenge, Dayton went 0-for-24 on attempts from 3-point range. That broke the previous NCAA record of 0-for-22, set by Canisius against St. Bonaventure on Jan. 21, 1995.


But Marcus Johnson -- who missed a team-high five 3-point attempts himself -- scored eight of his team-high 16 points in overtime as the Flyers prevailed.


"Our guys stuck with it and gutted it out," Dayton coach Brian Gregory said, according to the Dayton Daily News. "It wasn't pretty. But when you beat an SEC team on a neutral court, it's hard not to call that pretty."


Auburn did not distinguish itself from long range, either. The Tigers (3-2) went 7-for-31 on 3-pointers as the two teams combined to miss their first 29 3-point attempts.


"I've been around a long time, and I don't think I've seen an 0-for-24," Auburn coach Jeff Lebo said, according to the Dayton Daily News.


Johnson, a 6-foot-3 guard, scored four points at the start of the overtime period for a 52-49 Dayton lead and the Flyers (5-0) never trailed again.


After driving one-handers by Chris Wright and London Warren gave Dayton a 56-52 lead with 31 seconds to play, Johnson protected the advantage by making four straight free throws to clinch the victory.


DeWayne Reed scored a game-high 22 points for Auburn, including a game-high four 3-point baskets in a game marked by poor shooting on both sides. Auburn shot only 34.5 percent (20-58) from the field -- but that was slightly better than Dayton's miserable 27.8 percent (20-72) field goal percentage. The Flyers also shot 46.2 percent from the free throw line (12-26).


Wright had 10 points for Dayton while Barber and Tay Waller scored 10 points each for Auburn.
FANTASY ALERT: Plaxico Out Double Entry

New York Giants receiver Plaxico Burress suffered an accidental gunshot wound Friday night in a club, according to multiple sources.


Details of the incident weren't immediately available, but according to a source the wound was not considered life-threatening.


Burress, who was not expected to play against the Washington Redskins on Sunday with a hamstring injury, was not at team meetings and did not attend the team's Saturday walkthrough.


The Giants organization was not commenting on the story.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress will miss Sunday's game against Washington with a sore right hamstring.

Burress pulled the hamstring in the Giants' win over Baltimore on Nov. 16. He then aggravated the injury in the opening series last Sunday against Arizona, and then sat out the rest of that game.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Friday that Burress "is progressing, no doubt. He is getting better."

Domenik Hixon, who is dealing with an ankle injury, will start in Burress' place.

The last time Burress missed a game was Nov. 5, 2006, when he sat out with a back injury. He played in every game for the Super Bowl champion Giants last season despite a persistent ankle injury.

Linebacker Jonathan Goff (hamstring) also will not play against the Redskins, while three players -- running backs Brandon Jacobs (knee) and Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) and defensive tackle Fred Robbins (shoulder) -- are listed as questionable. Coughlin said Jacobs was able to practice Friday, while Bradshaw and Robbins could not.

Meanwhile, Hixon and defensive ends Justin Tuck (lower leg) and Jerome McDougle (knee) all practiced fully Friday and are probable for Sunday's game.

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press

NHL: Jokinen Streak Ends At 397 With Injury

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Phoenix Coyotes center Olli Jokinen will be sidelined for at least two weeks by a shoulder injury, ending his consecutive games streak at 397.

Olli Jokinen


Phoenix Coyotes


2008-09 Season Stats
21 7 11 18 3 29


Jokinen, the team's second-leading scorer with seven goals and 18 points, was injured in the first period Wednesday night at Columbus when he was checked hard into the boards by Blue Jackets defenseman Marc Methot.

Jokinen went to the bench apparently favoring his left shoulder, then went to the locker room for treatment and did not return to the game.

The Coyotes released no details of Jokinen's injury at Thursday's practice, but coach Wayne Greztky said Jokinen will miss Friday's home game against Colorado and "it looks like [he'll be sidelined] for two to four weeks."

Jokinen, acquired in a trade with Florida in June, last missed a game during the 2002-03 season while with the Panthers.

Meanwhile Thursday, forward Daniel Winnik was taken off the injured reserve list and will play Friday after missing six games because of an upper-body injury.

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press

Turkey Day Throwdown
PHILADELPHIA -- Donovan McNabb got pulled for Kevin Kolb again. This time, he earned a seat on the bench with a superb performance instead of a stinker.
McNabb threw four touchdown passes, Brian Westbrook tied a team record with four scores and the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Arizona Cardinals 48-20 on Thursday night.
IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys are ready for December.
On the verge of collapse just a few weeks ago, Tony Romo, DeMarcus Ware and the Cowboys guaranteed they will be a team to watch in the final month by crushing the Seattle Seahawks 34-9 Thursday for their third straight victory.

DETROIT -- The Tennessee Titans wanted to re-establish the run to get back on track after losing for the first time.


The Detroit Lions were very accommodating.



Fast Facts

• The Lions allowed the most points on Thanksgiving in team history as they fell to 0-12, tying the franchise record for the worst start to a season set in 2001. It was also the largest margin of defeat for the Lions in their Thanksgiving history.

•  The Titans rushed for 292 yards a week after rushing for only 45 in a loss to the Jets. Teammates Chris Johnson (125) and LenDale White (106) become the third set of teammates to rush for 100-plus yards on Thanksgiving in NFL history.

• Their 47 points were the most the Titans have scored since posting 48 at Green Bay in Week 5 of the 2004 season and the most by a team on Thanksgiving since the Lions won 55-20 against the Bears in 1997.

•  It was the second time the Lions have allowed 40-plus points this season (48 against the Packers in Week 2).

-- ESPN research

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Chris Johnson ran for 125 yards and scored twice in the first quarter and LenDale White had two touchdowns in the second and finished with 106 yards rushing, setting up Tennessee for a 47-10 win over Detroit on Thursday.
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