Sports Briefs

Posted: Monday, August 30, 2004

Everyone wins in MetroStars, Crew match

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Former MetroStars midfielder Ross Paule scored on a penalty kick in the 33rd minute, lifting the Columbus Crew to a 1-1 tie with the MetroStars Sunday night.

The MetroStars (9-8-6) maintained their two-point advantage over the Crew (7-5-10) in the Eastern Conference standings.

Paule, who was traded to Columbus during the off-season, converted the kick after MetroStars defender Jeff Parke pulled down Kyle Martino just inside the penalty area. Paule's shot, his fourth goal of the season, eluded MetroStars goalkeeper Jonny Walker to the right side of the net.

The kick came 12 minutes after the MetroStars took a 1-0 lead on a goal by John Wolyniec, his seventh of the season. Amado Guevara, the league's leading scorer, struck the crossbar with a shot, and Wolyniec knocked in the rebound.

The MetroStars dominated with 13 shots on goal, but Crew keeper Jon Busch made 12 saves. He entered the match as the third best goalie in the MLS with a 1.10 goals-against average.

Goalie Jonny Walker made two saves for the MetroStars, facing only three shots.

The MetroStars lost midfielder Joselito Vaca to a right knee injury in the first half. He may be out up to four weeks.

Giants go with Warner over Manning

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Eli Manning remains the New York Giants' quarterback of the future. For now, the job belongs to Kurt Warner.

Briefly citing Warner's experience and recent play, coach Tom Coughlin announced Sunday that the two-time MVP had beaten out the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft for the starting job in the season opener at Philadelphia on Sept. 12.

''We give Kurt the ball and say, 'Kurt, let's go win,''' Coughlin said, ending a competition that has dominated training camp.

The choice wasn't surprising in the wake of Friday's 17-10 loss to the Jets. Warner played well and Manning did not during his worst day on the field since signing a $45 million contract in late July.

Warner hit 9-of-11 passes for 104 yards, leading the Giants to their only touchdown against the Jets. Manning was 4-of-14 for 20 yards, with two interceptions and a fumble that was returned for a Jets touchdown.

Coughlin's decision puts Manning in a backup role for the first time since his redshirt freshman year at Mississippi in 2000, when Romaro Miller started.

''I wasn't upset by it,'' Manning said. ''I figured it might come. It doesn't change anything. I still have a lot to learn.''

That's why the Giants signed the 33-year-Warner in June after he was released by the St. Louis Rams. It was expected that he would be the caretaker quarterback until Manning, the brother of co-MVP Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts, was ready.

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