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Carried away? Not Dolphins

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published September 24, 2002

DAVIE -- The unbeaten Dolphins won't incur any penalties for excessive celebration in the wake of their win over the Jets.

With a 30-3 victory Sunday, the Dolphins snapped a streak of eight losses to their AFC East rival. But though the streak lasted four years, the glow of satisfaction after Miami snapped it faded fast.

"I thought I would be more excited," defensive end Jason Taylor said.

Taylor and his teammates tried to treat it like another early season win, and the Dolphins have had plenty of those.

"We've been 3-0 before, and it didn't do a lot for us. We won the division and got a T-shirt," said Taylor, who sprained the medial collateral ligament in his right knee; he said he expects to play Sunday against the Chiefs.

Since 1994, the Dolphins have been 3-0 four other times. Those teams won a total of two playoff games and none reached the AFC Championship Game.

Also, the team waived cornerback Lloyd Harrison, signed cornerback Paul Miranda and added guard Dwayne Pierce to the practice squad.

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COWBOYS: Practice squad player DeVeren Johnson was arrested on charges that he pushed his way through a security checkpoint at Bradley International Airport in Hartford, Conn., and left without being screened. He was released on a $500 cash bond and was ordered to appear in court Oct. 8.

49ERS: Everything is back to normal. Terrell Owens is unhappy, Steve Mariucci is answering more questions about feelings than football, and San Francisco is winning in spite of it all.

Sunday, Owens said his team lacks a "killer instinct," as evidenced by Mariucci's decision to run out the clock instead of trying to score deep in Washington territory in the final two minutes of a 20-10 win.

Monday, Mariucci downplayed his All-Pro receiver's comments. The two have had a detente in their rocky relationship and Mariucci, ever the public peacemaker, insisted this was only a hiccup caused by Owens' competitive nature.

"There's no relapse. There's no fester here," Mariucci said.

Mariucci said he knew several players wanted to get a blowout in the same way Washington blasted San Francisco in a preseason game seven weeks earlier, but he chose to run out the clock.

San Francisco improved to 2-1 though a third of the team was affected by a stomach virus.

Owens didn't speak to reporters after a light workout.

RAIDERS: Citing jury misconduct, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Richard C. Hubbell ordered a new trial in the team's $1.2-billion conspiracy lawsuit against the league.

In a 9-3 vote last year, a Superior Court jury rejected the Raiders' claims that the league sabotaged the team's plans to build a new stadium in the Los Angeles area and that the team still owned the rights to the Los Angeles market.

The misconduct allegation was raised after five jurors said they overheard a member of the panel say he hated the Raiders and team owner Al Davis and would never vote in their favor, Raiders attorney Larry Feldman said. Hubbell heard the first trial.

TEXANS: The team, allowed to enter the season with three extra players under expansion rules, cut its roster to the league norm of 53 players by waiving offensive lineman Chad Overhauser, free safety Kevin Williams and linebacker Troy Evans. Also, fullback Ed Stansbury was released from the practice squad.

TICE APOLOGY: Vikings coach Mike Tice called Panthers counterpart John Fox to apologize for not shaking hands after Carolina's 21-14 win.

Tice was angry because Fox called a timeout with eight seconds left so kicker Jon Hilbert could attempt a 39-yard field goal.

The kick failed, but had it been good, the Vikings would have needed two scores in four seconds to win.

"He's fine with it and I'm fine with it and that's all that matters," Tice said.

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