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Young: I'm not depressed, I want to play football

NFL

Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young insists that he never wavered in his commitment to football. All that concern over his mental state? He said he was upset as he dealt with his first serious injury, and he didn't realize he had to tell his mother where he was going anymore. Then the media went overboard. Young spoke publicly yesterday for the first time since Titans coach Jeff Fisher called police for help in locating the quarterback Monday night because of concerns over his emotional well-being. His mother, Felicia Young, also told a local newspaper that the quarterback had indicated he didn't want to play football anymore because of all the negativity he faced. "I was never depressed," Young said. "Football, this is my life. This is my dream. All I did all these years growing up to get to this point and never had an injury like this before in my life. It's a hard time because I'm a competitor, and I definitely want to be out on the football field with my teammates." As far as his sprained knee, Young said it is sore and he is working hard to recover. He won't rush back too soon for fear of aggravating the injury. The Titans have listed him as out for Sunday's game at Cincinnati.

Bills:: Coach Dick Jauron said Jason Peters looked good in practice, but added he'll likely wait until tomorrow before determining whether to add the Pro Bowl left tackle to the active roster. Peters took part in only his second full-team practice since ending an offseason-long holdout last weekend.

Giants-Jets:: Officials from both teams are considering awarding naming rights for their new stadium to a German company that once had ties to the Nazis. Officials from German-based Allianz - one of the world's largest insurance firms - said they've atoned for past history and should not be judged by the company's World War II record. The naming rights negotiations between Allianz and the Giants and Jets were first reported by The New York Times, which estimates the potential price tag could reach $20 million to $30 million a year. A spokeswoman for the New Meadowlands Stadium Corp. which is overseeing the construction of the new home of the Giants and Jets, would not confirm details of the negotiations because no deal has been made. Spokesmen for both teams could not be reached to comment.

Saints:: New Orleans reached a settlement with injured defensive tackle Hollis Thomas. Payton initially announced Wednesday that Thomas, who had surgery to repair a torn right triceps, was going to be placed on injured reserve. That would have ended the defensive tackle's season but also would have kept him under contract with New Orleans in 2009. However, Thomas agreed to an undisclosed payment in order to get his release.

Rams:: Starting defensive end Leonard Little might not play against the Giants on Sunday because of a hamstring injury.

Long takes gold in 200 individual medley

PARALYMPICS

Middle River's Jessica Long got her third swimming gold medal in Beijing, winning the women's 200-meter individual medley in world-record time (2 minutes, 41.85 seconds). Long, who entered the Games as the world-record holder in the event, broke her old mark in the preliminaries and then swam even faster in the finals. "I felt really relaxed," said Long, who has won five medals in as many races. "I just went out there and did my thing." Next up for the 16-year-old: the 400-meter freestyle. Phil Scholz, a Loyola College sophomore, placed fifth in the men's 400-meter freestyle. Earlier this week he finished eighth in the 100-meter butterfly. "I went in with more confidence so I am definitely feeling a little bit stronger," said Scholz, who will compete next in the 100-meter freestyle. MIKE KLINGAMAN

Control room for ballpark to be built by Va. company

CAMDEN YARDS

The Maryland Stadium Authority has picked a Virginia company to construct a $2 million control room, capable of beaming high-definition audio and video to the new scoreboard system at Camden Yards. The authority selected Communications Engineering Inc., which expects to complete the work by February, well before the start of the 2009 baseball season. The new control room was always scheduled to be part of an overall $9 million upgrade to the park's audio and digital systems. That project launched last fall after the Orioles and the authority settled a dispute over financing to avoid arbitration hearings. The park's new video boards have operated all season but are expected to feature sharper images next year, with the control room in place.

CHILDS WALKER

Truck champ Hornaday used testosterone

ET CETERA

Ron Hornaday Jr., the defending NASCAR Craftsman Trucks champion who is second in this year's standings, admitted using testosterone for more than a year before it was added to the sport's banned list. Hornaday, 50, told ESPN he received shipments of testosterone and human growth hormone from December 2004 to January 2006 and that the drugs came from an anti-aging center that has been linked to drug-related scandals in the NFL and Major League Baseball. He said he stopped using testosterone because it did not help him with a medical condition that later turned out to be a hyperactive thyroid. NASCAR officials said they plan to meet with Hornaday.

Golf:: Shanshan Feng and fellow rookie Anna Rawson each shot a 5-under 67, to share a one-shot lead in the Bell Micro LPGA Classic in Mobile, Ala. ... Steve Wilson of Mississippi defeated Todd Mitchell of Illinois, 5-and-4, in the 36-hole final of the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship in River Hills, Wis., to earn an invitation to next year's Masters. ... Joan Higgins of California became the oldest winner of the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship at 52 after her 1-up victory over Lynn Simmons in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Hockey:: The Carolina Hurricanes signed center Eric Staal to a seven-year contract extension. The deal worth $57.75 million will pay him an average of $8.25 million starting in 2009-10 and will last through the 2015-16 season. Staal had 38 goals and 44 assists last season.

Pro basketball:: Deanna Nolan scored 17 points as the host Detroit Shock (21-12) beat the WNBA's Washington Mystics, 78-66. Alana Beard led the Mystics (10-22) with 16 points.

Soccer:: There might be an addition to Italian soccer stadiums if fan violence persists: jail cells. The suggestion comes after a violent opening weekend to the Serie A season. Napoli fans caused a riot on a train to Rome, and more violence broke out when the train reached the capital for the AS Roma-Napoli game.

Olympics:: Swedish wrestler Ara Abrahamian, who was stripped of his bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics for dropping it on the mat during the medal ceremony, filed an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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