NFL

49ers 37, Redskins 22

Vikings 21, Saints 20

Bears 20, Buccaneers 6

Packers 38, Lions 30

Falcons 10, Chargers 9

Eagles 17, Cardinals 7

Dolphins 22, Colts 21

Steelers 12, Oilers 9, OT

Jets 22, Bills 17

Browns 13, Patriots 6

Bengals 20, Seahawks 17

Rams 27, Broncos 21

Bucs hoping to coax Johnson into coaching

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - The NFL's worst franchise might offer the kind of challenge that would coax Jimmy Johnson back to the sidelines.

In the Tampa Bay area, the Buccaneers' 2-6 record has fueled speculation - and hope - that Johnson will replace Sam Wyche as coach next year.

"It's the nature of the beast," Johnson said Thursday. "When somebody loses, my name surfaces."

And the Buccaneers lose often. They need four more defeats to extend their league record of 11 consecutive seasons with at least 10 losses.

"They've been bad for so long, I guess it's kind of accepted," Johnson said. "And that's unfortunate."

The former coach of the Dallas Cowboys and Miami Hurricanes visited with reporters at a reception in the Eden Roc hotel, where he plans to open a restaurant next January.

By then, he could be back in coaching.

"Toward the end of the season I'll look at my options," Johnson said. "I don't want to be a distraction to anybody."

Sprained knee sidelines Douglas

BOSTON - Boston Celtics guard Sherman Douglas has a sprained knee ligament and his status is listed as day to day.

The team said tests Sunday revealed a sprained medial collateral ligament in the left knee. Douglas was hurt in a collision during Saturday's game against the Indiana Pacers.

Douglas, who returned home with the team following Saturday's game, underwent an MRI at New England Baptist Hospital in Brookline.

Team spokesman Jeffrey Twiss said a radiologist will examine the tests Monday to determine if there was accompanying cartilage damage.

Maverick league gets some support

LOS ANGELES - If it were up to the striking Major League Players Association and its chief Donald Fehr, the maverick United Baseball League would open next year, a year earlier than planned.

"I think it would be a good thing for everybody," Fehr said Sunday. "If the new league can establish itself as credible, establish that the money is there and that the league is in for the long haul, then I think players will begin to treat it as an alternative - strike or no strike; settlement or no settlement."

TV HIGHLIGHTS

Golf: Volvo Masters, PSN, 5:30 p.m.

Boxing: Olympic Showcase: USA vs. Cuba PSN, 6:30 p.m.

NFL football: Giants at Cowboys, Channel 4, 7 p.m.

Boxing: Fuentes-Ojeda (junior welterweights), PSN, 9 p.m.

College football: Northeast Louisiana, Channel 11, 10:30 p.m.

Volleyball: WPVA Top of the Tour, PSN, 2 p.m.