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Favre isn't saying

whether he'll play

Brett Favre is not ruling himself out of Sunday's game at New England despite two fractures in his left ankle. The 41-year-old Favre wore a large, gray walking boot on his left leg to the podium for his news conference Wednesday, and he said he doesn't anticipate participating in a full practice at all this week. The Minnesota quarterback said he's always had a knack for healing quickly, which gives him hope he'll be back when the Vikings play the Patriots.

49ers go with Smith

With quarterback Alex Smith ruled out because of a separated shoulder, San Francisco 49ers coach Mike Singletary is going with Troy Smith against the Broncos at London's Wembley Stadium on Sunday. Singletary said the former Heisman Trophy winner will get his first start in three years.

TENNISCourier new captain

for U.S. Davis Cup

Jim Courier, the four-time Grand Slam champion, was picked by the U.S. Tennis Association to be the new captain of the Davis Cup team, replacing Patrick McEnroe, who resigned last month. Courier helped the United States win the Davis Cup in 1992 and 1995, and he finished with a 16-10 record in singles, 1-0 in doubles. The Americans were 13-1 in series in which Courier played, and three times he clinched a U.S. victory in the fifth and final match.

Wozniacki upsetSam Stosur upset Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-3 at the WTA Championships in Doha, Qatar, keeping alive the race for the top ranking for at least one more day. Stosur, a runner-up at the French Open, played some of her most inspired tennis this year. The Australian used a powerful forehand and strong serve to rattle the normally consistent Wozniacki. - AP

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