- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 20, 2009

From combined dispatches

The salt and pepper in Brett Favre’s hair is long gone, with only a few flecks of brown remaining in the silver atop his 39-year-old head.

He has a torn rotator cuff in that famously bionic arm, and it has been 12 years since he won the last of his three consecutive MVP awards.

Most Minnesota Vikings fans are celebrating Favre’s arrival as the missing link between their franchise and the Super Bowl glory that has eluded it for 48 years. But before they book February trips to Miami for the Super Bowl, one question remains to be answered: Just how much does Favre have left?

Even Favre doesn’t know.

“I’d be the first to admit that I don’t think I’m capable of making some of the plays that I used to make,” Favre said. “My mind may tell me I can. But I don’t know if physically I can do that. So understanding my limitations, how it pertains to what I can do, is all part of this process.”

Favre practiced with the Vikings for the second time Wednesday, and the team thinks there is at least one more year’s worth of magic in a right arm that turns 40 in October.

STEELERS: A former Nevada casino worker who accused quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of rape in a civil lawsuit should drop the case because her own e-mails and text messages prove she wasn’t assaulted, his attorney said.

The woman “should abandon her lawsuit immediately and admit that Ben Roethlisberger did not rape her,” Roethlisberger’s attorney W. David Cornwell said in a statement e-mailed to the Associated Press. “We believe that [the woman’s] own words directly refute the scurrilous allegations made in her complaint.”

The woman contends in the lawsuit filed last month in Washoe County District Court in Reno, Nev., that Roethlisberger raped her in his room at Harrah’s in Lake Tahoe in July 2008 when he was there to play in a celebrity golf tournament.

Cornwell provided 18 pages of e-mails and texts purportedly between the 31-year-old woman and a male friend.

BILLS: A sprained toe will prevent Terrell Owens from practicing until next week, meaning he’ll miss Buffalo’s preseason game at Green Bay on Saturday.

Coach Dick Jauron ruled Owens out of playing this week after the receiver missed his second straight practice Wednesday.

DOLPHINS: Venus and Serena Williams will become the latest celebrities to own a stake in the team, a person familiar with the deal said.

Musicians Gloria and Emilio Estefan and Marc Anthony recently bought small shares of the team. New Dolphins owner Stephen Ross also forged a partnership with singer Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville enterprise.

In other Dolphins news, the team released veteran cornerback Eric Green, leaving rookies Sean Smith and Vontae Davis to contend for a starting job.

BRONCOS: In his first public comments since his acquittal on misdemeanor battery charges last week, Brandon Marshall said he was upset with how the team handled it.

Marshall was miffed a member of the team’s public relations staff told his teammates not to gloat over his acquittal in an Atlanta courtroom Friday.

TITANS: Coach Jeff Fisher says Tennessee is not pursuing veteran wide receiver Marvin Harrison, denying an ESPN report from earlier in the day.

NBC: The NFL and NBC extended their contract for “Sunday Night Football” by two years to 2013.

The deal will continue to incorporate flexible scheduling for the final seven weeks of the season, ensuring matchups with the strongest playoff implications.

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