Super Bowl hero Plaxico Burress accidentally shot himself in the right thigh and spent the night in the hospital, another dramatic turn in a tumultuous season in which the star New York Giants wide receiver has been fined and suspended. The Giants said the shooting happened Friday night and Burress was released from the hospital early yesterday. The team did not say where the shooting took place, what hospital Burress went to or how badly he was injured. However, a team official told the Associated Press that Burress shot himself in a nightclub. A league official told ESPN the bullet went through the skin and muscle tissue of Burress' right thigh and did not hit any major arteries and that there were no broken bones. New York City police said they were investigating whether the incident took place at Latin Quarter, a sprawling 15,000-square-foot, two-story restaurant and club in the Radisson Lexington Hotel in midtown Manhattan. Police added that they have not spoken to Burress or recovered the gun used in the shooting. According to a report on the New York Post's Web site, Burress was trying to get into the club when he was confronted by security guards looking for weapons. Burress then moved to a secluded area with a guard and started taking out the gun. He apparently started trying to unload bullets from the gun and bobbled it, and a shot went off accidentally, sources told the Post. Burress could be charged in the incident if he did not have a license to carry a concealed weapon in New York. The NFL also is likely to investigate whether Burress violated its personal-conduct policy, which might lead to a suspension. Burress injured a hamstring two weeks ago against the Ravens, and the Giants said Friday that he would not play today against the Washington Redskins. Burress, who caught the winning pass in the Giants' Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots, was belatedly rewarded, signing a five-year, $35 million contract hours before the season opened in September. Burress has 35 catches for 454 yards and four touchdowns this season.
More Giants: : Veteran safety Sammy Knight will miss the rest of the season because of a hip problem.
Bears: : Chicago put Nathan Vasher on injured reserve with a broken right hand, ending the defensive back's season. Vasher, who was chosen for the Pro Bowl in 2005, appeared in eight games this season, including seven starts. He recorded 29 tackles with one interception and three pass breakups. Corey Graham is expected to move into his starting role for tonight's game against the Vikings.
Et cetera: : Colts safety Bob Sanders (right knee) will miss today's game in Cleveland. ... Dolphins defensive tackle Paul Soliai was suspended for the second time this season for an unspecified violation of team rules.
Pneumonia sidelines Notre Dame's Harangody
Notre Dame forward Luke Harangody is out indefinitely with pneumonia. Harangody, the Big East Player of the Year last season, became ill after scoring 29 points and grabbing 13 rebounds in No. 8 Notre Dame's 81-80 victory over No. 6 Texas on Tuesday in the semifinals of the Maui Invitational. Despite feeling ill, he had 13 points and seven rebounds in a 102-87 loss to top-ranked North Carolina in the championship game Wednesday. Harangody, a junior, leads the Irish in scoring (22.6 points) and rebounding (11.2). Coach Mike Brey said Harangody could return Dec. 13 against Boston College.
Choi leads Skins Game with $75,000 birdie putt
K.J. Choi rolled in a 3-foot birdie putt worth $75,000 on the third hole, giving him the first-day lead in the 26th annual Skins Game in Indian Wells, Calif. Phil Mickelson earned $25,000 with a spectacular eagle-3 on the fourth hole, and two-time defending champion Stephen Ames and Skins Game rookie Rocco Mediate were shut out on the first nine holes. But with the foursome halving the final five holes of the front nine, $900,000 of the event's $1 million purse is still alive for today's final nine holes at the Celebrity Course at Indian Wells Golf Resort. Choi, also making his Skins Game debut, played the best golf of the group with five birdies.
World Cup of Golf:: Brendan Jones made a 4-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole, giving Australia a 9-under-par 63 and a share of the lead with Spain after the third round in Shenzhen, China. Miguel Angel Jimenez and Pablo Larrazabal of Spain, who held a four-stroke lead after two rounds, settled for a 67. Both teams were at 2-under 194.
Rick Nash scored twice and rookie goaltender Steve Mason stopped 26 shots to lead Columbus to a 3-0 victory over the Washington Capitals, ending the Blue Jackets' three-game home losing streak. Raffi Torres added a goal, his first of the season. Mason was sensational, making several sterling saves to pick up his second career shutout - and second in the past week. Mason cooled off torrid Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin, ending a 10-game points streak by the Russian in which he had 11 goals and 11 assists.
More NHL: : If Mats Sundin decides to resume his NHL career, the center will likely do it with a team other than the Maple Leafs. Toronto general manager Brian Burke, who officially joined the organization yesterday, said he spoke with Sundin recently and thought the former Toronto captain wanted to join a Stanley Cup contender.
Baseball: : Japanese pitcher Junichi Tazawa moved a step closer to signing with the Boston Red Sox after rejecting offers from three other major league teams. The right-hander, 22, contacted the Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners and Atlanta Braves on Friday to reject their offers, Kyodo News agency reported Friday. Tazawa is expected to hold a news conference early this week to announce his decision. The hard-throwing Tazawa is a standout in Japan's corporate leagues.
Horse racing: : Tale of Ekati won the $300,000 Cigar Mile on a disqualification at Aqueduct in New York. Harlem Rocker was first under the wire, a nose in front of Tale of Ekati. The result was reversed, with Harlem Rocker dropped into the place spot after a stewards' inquiry. Bribon finished third. ... Now It Begins bounded to the lead and narrowly held on to win the $50,000 Squan Song Stakes for fillies and mares at Laurel Park. Now It Begins carried jockey Charles Forrest to victory in 1:25.12 for the seven-furlong distance over the fast main track. Fascinatin' Rhythm finished a head back, and post-time favorite Vicar's Vixen was 2 1/4 more lengths back in third.
Figure skating: : World champion Mao Asada won the NHK Trophy in Tokyo, qualifying for the International Skating Union's Grand Prix finals and completing a Japanese sweep of the podium. Asada skated a near-flawless free program at Yoyogi Arena to finish with 191.13 points, comfortably ahead of compatriot Akiko Suzuki, who was second with 167.64. Yukari Nakano finished third with 166.87 and also secured a place in the finals. In the pairs event, Pang Qing and Tong Jian of China won the title to secure a place in the GP finals.
Soccer:: American goalkeeper Brad Friedel of Aston Villa made a record 167th consecutive Premier League appearance. The 37-year-old, who started the streak in August 2004 with Blackburn, overtook the previous record set by Portsmouth's David James in April.
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