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  • It’s about time...

    All is again right with the world.
    Sure, there’s some craziness in Europe with the economy or whatnot. Libya is collapsing before our eyes. The U.S. is running out of oil, water, food, jobs and self-respect.
    Meh.
    It’s fall. There’s green chile and there’s football. That’s all you need.
    There was some speculation about this being a rough year for the chile crop, but chile is plentiful at the supermarket. And there was some speculation about the NFL season being nixed over a few dollars and cents the owners and players were squaking about.
    But all is forgiven. Tonight, the past two Super Bowl winners, the New Orleans Saints and the Green Bay Packers meet in the 2011 season opener.

  • Packers, Saints face off tonight

    Green Bay Packers

    2010 Record: 10-6, second place, NFC North; 4-0 in postseason, defeated Steelers in Super Bowl XLV
    Head Coach: Mike McCarthy, sixth season
    Additions: LB K.C. Asiodu
    Departures: RB James X. Johnson, LB Nick Barnett, G Daryn Colledge, DE Cullen Jenkins, G Jason Spitz, RB Brandon Jackson, RB Ahman Green, LB Brady Poppinga
    Key Draft Picks: OT Derek Sherrod (1), WR Randall Cobb (2), RB Alex Green (3), CB Davon House (4), TE D.J. Williams (5)

  • Rain postpones all of Tuesday's US Open matches

    NEW YORK (AP) — A little after 3 p.m. Tuesday, Rafael Nadal settled in at a table in the U.S. Open players' cafeteria and sprinkled some salt on his lunch of salmon and rice.

    The day's work for the defending champion was complete, consisting of a 1½-hour practice session indoors at Flushing Meadows instead of his scheduled fourth-round match outdoors, because steady rain washed out all of Tuesday's action.

    Sitting a couple of seats away, Toni Nadal — Rafael's uncle and coach — laughed at a question about the scary scene during a post-match news conference over the weekend, when his nephew grimaced and called for a trainer's help for right leg cramps, then slid out of his chair to the floor.

  • Williams wins in two sets to advance Monday

    NEW YORK (AP) — They are two different players and, at times, it looks as if they’re playing two different games.
    There’s the Serena Williams style, filled with intimidation and huge shots. And there’s the way Caroline Wozniacki does it, with great hustle and even better conditioning.
    Both players made it through the fourth round of the U.S. Open on Monday and stayed on a path that could collide in the semifinals — Williams with a big-serving 6-3, 6-4 victory over No. 16 Ana Ivanovic and Wozniacki with a 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-1 win over No. 15 Svetlana Kuznetsova that took 3 hours, 2 minutes.

  • Vick signs another big contract

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Michael Vick shared some laughs, and offered up an occasional smile. But for the most part, his Tuesday press conference announcing his new contract was handled the same way he’s handled everything since he landed in Philadelphia two years ago.
    All business.
    “The common goal is to bring that ring back to the city of Philadelphia. That’s why we play,” Vick said. “That’s what we’re all working for. As a competitor, I don’t feel my career will be complete without that.”

  • Crittenton arrested in California

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former NBA player Javaris Crittenton was in police custody after being arrested at a Southern California airport to board a flight to Atlanta, where his lawyer said he would go to surrender in a murder case.
    Crittenton, who was suspended from the league for having guns in a locker room with teammate Gilbert Arenas, was arrested Monday evening at John Wayne Airport in Orange County after checking in for a redeye Delta Air Lines flight, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said. She said he was with a male companion who was not arrested.

  • Colts pick up Collins

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts are bringing one veteran quarterback out of retirement.
    No, not that one.
    On Wednesday, the Colts agreed to terms with Kerry Collins to back up Peyton Manning, who would likely replace the four-time MVP in the lineup if Manning can’t start the season. Manning is still recovering from offseason neck surgery.
    “It is a good opportunity to have Kerry become part of the team,” coach Jim Caldwell said in a statement released by the Colts. “He is a veteran quarterback who has started many games and he brings dimension and depth to the quarterback position, which will be helpful. He is familiar with our division and will make a great addition to our roster.”

  • Boise St. favored in Mountain West race

    Boise State leapt at the chance to leave behind the Western Athletic Conference and join the Mountain West.
    It’s just a far different looking conference than the Broncos were anticipating.
    “What makes it a lot tougher is the new environments, new situations, new teams, new stadiums, new fans. We were comfortable in the WAC because we had been there, we had been all those places,” Boise State offensive tackle Nate Potter said. “Mountain West has a bunch of good teams we’re going to look out for.”
    Boise State’s move is the big news, but the arrival of the blue turf on the Mountain West footprint comes knowing that TCU is on its way out.

  • Oklahoma is nation's top team

    NEW YORK (AP) — Being voted preseason No. 1 is a tradition at Oklahoma, and this season is no different.
    The Sooners will start out top-ranked in The Associated Press college football poll for the 10th time, more than any program in the country.
    The defending Big 12 champions received 36 of 60 first-place votes and 1,464 points in the Top 25 released Saturday.
    Auburn, last season’s national champion, will start the season No. 23, one spot behind where it began in 2010.
    If the rankings are any indication, the national title race could be a scramble.
    No. 2 Alabama, one of a record eight Southeastern Conference teams in the preseason poll, wasn’t far behind OU, receiving 17 first-place votes and 1,439 points.

  • Hurricanes facing big allegations

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Hurricanes’ entire football team took the practice field Wednesday amid mounting allegations by a former booster and convicted Ponzi schemer who claimed he treated players with sex parties, nightclub outings, cars and other gifts.
    Nevin Shapiro told Yahoo! Sports he provided extra benefits to 72 football players and other athletes at Miami from 2002 to 2010. His claims involve several current players, but coach Al Golden said it was too soon to take disciplinary action.
    The Hurricanes open their season Sept. 5 against Maryland.