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Delhomme to start again for Browns

Berea, Ohio -- Veteran quarterback Jake Delhomme is slated to make his third straight start Sunday for the Cleveland Browns at Buffalo.

Delhomme led the Browns (5-7) to wins over Carolina, his former team, and Miami, after taking over for rookie Colt McCoy, who injured an ankle.
McCoy, who was hurt Nov. 21 against Jacksonville, was back at practice at the team's training facility in Berea, Ohio, Friday and could be a backup in Sunday's game.

Delhomme has thrown for 975 yards and three touchdowns since McCoy was sidelined.

Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

Roethlisberger limping but likely to play

Pittsburgh -- Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's sprained foot likely won't keep him on the sidelines Sunday against Baltimore, Pittsburgh Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday.

However, Roethlisberger is wearing a special boot and may be limited in practice this week because of the injury, suffered in the first half against Buffalo last weekend.

"I am going to be optimistic and hopeful and he may be a full participant, but there is a chance he couldn't be," Tomlin said. "There is some pain and discomfort. We will see where the week takes us."

Roethlisberger threw for 246 yards but was sacked five times in the Steelers' 19-16 overtime victory against the Bills.

NHL: Washington 4, Buffalo 2

Washington -- Michael Neuvirth won his NHL-leading 12th game Wednesday, making 31 saves in helping Washington fight off Buffalo 4-2.

The Capitals built a 3-0 lead before Buffalo scored twice in the span of 48 seconds of the middle period.

Neuvirth blanked the Sabres on 10 shots during the third period and Washington finally clinched it when Alexander Semin scored an empty-net goal with only 4 seconds to play.

The Capitals have produced at least a point in nine straight games and they improved to 10-1 at home this season. Washington leads the NHL with 29 points and Semin has a point in nine consecutive contests.

Nicklas Backstrom, Matt Bradley and Dave Steckel scored for Washington during the game's first 22:45.

Buffalo found in swimming pool

Cleveland, Ga. -- A Georgia man said he and his wife investigated a pair of large holes in their swimming pool cover and were surprised to find a buffalo in the empty pool.

Chris Nonnemaker of White County said rescuers threw carpet into the pool Saturday morning to help the animal with traction and it was lassoed and removed, WSB-TV, Atlanta, reported Monday.

The White County Sheriff's Office said the buffalo was one of three escapees from a neighbor's farm a few weeks ago. The other two buffalo were previously recaptured.

The owners of the buffalo in the pool said they euthanized the animal.

Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

NHL: Buffalo 4, Atlanta 1

Atlanta -- Ryan Miller took a shutout into the third period Wednesday and Buffalo ended a five-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over Atlanta.

The Sabres won their season-opening game in Ottawa on Oct. 8, then struggled on offense while going through their five straight setbacks -- four of which came at home.

Buffalo had scored fewer than two goals a game coming into its meeting with Atlanta, but outshot the Thrashers 42-18 and took the lead for good 5:03 into the contest on a goal by Tyler Ennis.

Tyler Myers and Cody McCormick both scored for Buffalo during the opening 3 minutes of the second period.

NFL: Detroit 28, Buffalo 23

Detroit -- Paul Pratt highlighted a streak of 28 unanswered points with a 102-yard interception return Thursday in Detroit's 28-23 pre-season victory over Buffalo.

The Bills scored the game's first 16 points before the Lions got their offense in gear. Drew Stanton threw two touchdown passes in the second half for Detroit.

After Pratt's interception return gave the Lions a 28-16 lead with 6:27 to go, Buffalo's Levi Brown guided the Bills 71 yards in 13 plays. Chad Simpson scored on a 1-yard run with 16 seconds remaining.

Buffalo also had an interception return for a score, a 41-yarder by Drayton Florence in the first minute of the game. Rian Lindell added three field goals for the Bills.

N.Y. firm recalls 'Grab and Go Sandwiches'

Washington -- A New York meat packer is recalling 380,000 pounds of potentially contaminated delicatessen meats, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday.

Zemco Industries of Buffalo is recalling cases of "Grab and Go Sandwiches" made of black forest ham, hot ham, hard salami, and pepperoni, Virginia ham and Angus roast beef.

The packages include the vendor number 398412808 and the production dates of June 18 through July 2, the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Services said.

Although no illnesses have been reported in association with the products, the recall is prompted by potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

NFL: Washington 42, Buffalo 17

Landover, Md. -- Donovan McNabb threw a scoring pass in his Washington debut Friday and Rex Grossman tossed for two TDs, lifting the Redskins over Buffalo 42-17.

The opening pre-season game for both teams featured a 77-yard punt return for a score by Washington's Brandon Banks early in the third quarter while the Redskins were on their way to a 35-3 lead. The contest featured the first appearance as Washington coach for Mike Shanahan.

McNabb, who spent the first 11 seasons of his career with Philadelphia, started the game and was 5-of-8 for 58 yards. He threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Armstrong with 1:46 to go in the first period to put the Redskins in front for good.

Police: Cat 'marinating' in car trunk

Buffalo, N.Y. -- Police conducting a traffic stop in New York state said they discovered a living cat in the trunk of the car "marinating" in preparation for cooking.

Buffalo police said they pulled over Gary Korkuc, 51, of Cheektowaga, after he allegedly drove through a stop sign Sunday night and officers heard a cat crying from the trunk of the car, The Buffalo News reported Tuesday.

Officers said they found the car "marinating" in a mixture of crushed red peppers, chili pepper, salt and oil.

Korkuc, who adopted the 4-year-old feline May 11, told police he was planning to cook the cat because it had been "mean" to him.

The motorist was arrested on one count of cruelty to animals.

Bus driver alerts 2 families to fire

Buffalo, N.Y. -- A Buffalo, N.Y., bus driver who spotted a fire while he made an early morning run may have saved the lives of 10 people, a resident of the burning house said.

Richard Lucas told WGRZ-TV, Buffalo, he saw smoke coming out of the back of a house at about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday and decided it "didn't look right." He stopped the bus and got out, leaving a full load of passengers, and hammered on the door.

Juan Huertas, who lives in the two-family with his wife and three children, said later Lucas saved all their lives. Emily Hunter, who lives upstairs with her three children and a nephew, called the bus driver her "guardian angel."

Once he knew everyone was awake and safe Lucas got back in the driver's seat and continued on his way.