Saints Brace For Dynamic Cowboys Offense

CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

METAIRIE, La. (AP) – Saints safety Jairus Byrd is certain New Orleans’ defense has corrected costly early season errors.

If he’s wrong, the Saints could be in for a long Sunday night against a Dallas offense driven by Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, Jason Witten and DeMarco Murray.

Byrd said Wednesday that proof of New Orleans’ progress on defense is evident on coaches’ video of the Saints’ Week 3 victory over Minnesota, even though the Vikings’ offense was missing key players.

“You go by what you have on film. Did you do the fundamentals well?” Byrd said. “The first two games we were beaten by fundamentals — communication and tackling. Did we improve on that? That’s what you look at and (the improvement) showed up.”

The Vikings were without star running back Adrian Peterson, then starting quarterback Matt Cassel went down early in the second quarter with a broken foot, leaving…

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Hemsky Lifts Stars Past Panthers In Shootout

CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) – Ales Hemsky scored the only goal in a shootout in the Dallas Stars’ 4-3 exhibition victory over the Florida Panthers on Wednesday night.

Hemsky beat Michael Houser with a deke to the backhand in the top half of the fourth round. Jussi Rynnas stopped all four Florida shooters in the tiebreaker, securing the victory with a save against Dave Bolland.

Dallas’ Alex Goligoski tied it at 3 midway through the third period, and Patrick Eaves and Kevin Connauton also scored for the Stars. Dallas opened the preseason Monday night with a 4-3 victory over St. Louis.

Shane O’Brien, Bolland and Brandon Pirri scored for the Panthers in their first game under new head coach Gerard Gallant.

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Giants, Redskins Lock Horns In All-Important Divisional Matchup

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WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York Giants and Washington Redskins dragged their sore bodies out of bed this week knowing that the next game would be only four days after the previous one.

Both teams also know that their respective 1-2 starts won’t cut it if the NFC East-leading Philadelphia Eagles are going to keep coming from behind to win every game.

So never mind the fact that no one seems to like the idea of playing a Thursday night game, or that Redskins coach Jay Gruden joked that he was “jittery” this week because of the “17 cups of coffee” he had consumed just to accommodate the cramped preparation schedule.

Neither team can afford to coast through this one and fall 2½ games off the pace.

“We need this in the worst way,” Giants safety Antrel Rolle told WFAN radio this week. “I’m excited, I’m gonna be…

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Why Qatar Is the World Cup’s Biggest Loser

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If the World Cup wasn’t financially worth something to the host nation, countries around the world wouldn’t duke it out for the honor. The winner for 2022, Qatar, already has massive new building projects and refurbishments for the area underway, but a shocking announcement came on September 22, 2014 that threatened to throw a wrench in the country’s plans.

According to FIFA executive committee member Theo Zwaniger, Qatar would no longer be the host of the 2022 World Cup due to its extreme heat at that time of year and the threat of legal action in the event of a heat-related injury or fatality. Though this has not been officially confirmed by FIFA or Qatar’s government leaders, if Qatar does indeed lose the massive global sporting event, Qatar will also lose a life-changing opportunity for the country and its people.

One problem area for World Cup host nations is the…

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Texeira Leads FC Dallas Past Seattle 3-1

CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

FRISCO (AP) – David Texeira scored two goals to help FC Dallas beat the Seattle Sounders 3-1 on Wednesday night.

FC Dallas (14-10-6) avenged two early season losses to Seattle (17-9-3) and beat the Sounders for only the second time in the last 10 meetings.

Texeira started the scoring in the eighth minute. He got behind the defense and hammered a shot to the far post. He added his third goal of the season — all against the Sounders — in the 78th minute. Andres Escobar worked his way through the Seattle defense and centered a pass to an open Texeira at the top of the 6-yard box.

In the 88th minute, Blas Perez headed a corner kick that slipped through the hands of Seattle goalkeeper Stefan Frei.

Seattle’s Lamar Neagle tied it at 1 from distance in the 58th minute for his second goal in three games. The Sounders…

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