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Cowboys, Bengals kick off preseason

Dallas Cowboys linebacker Brandon Sharpe dives into the end zone on an interception return for a touchdown in 16-7 win. (Associated Press)
Dallas Cowboys linebacker Brandon Sharpe dives into the end zone on an interception return for a touchdown in 16-7 win. (Associated Press)

NFL: Terrell Owens chatted amiably with his former Cowboys teammates. Chad Ochocinco wore gold shoes for his few plays.

Otherwise, the Cincinnati Bengals barely were noticeable Sunday night as Dallas won 16-7 in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio.

Most of the regulars worked short shifts. At least the Cowboys’ starters looked sharp during their minimal stints.

Tony Romo led them to the Cincinnati 2 with a steady opening drive before they stalled and David Buehler kicked a 20-yard field goal. Romo was 5 for 10 for 59 yards.

Buehler added field goals of 34 yards in the second quarter and 23 yards in the third.

Dallas quarterback Matt Nichols (EWU) was 2 for 2 for 9 yards in limited action. He’s battling for the third string spot on the Cowboys’ depth chart.

Raiders sign Brennan: The Oakland Raiders signed free agent quarterback Colt Brennan and could have the former Hawaii star on the field for Thursday’s preseason opener at Dallas.

Brennan took a handful of snaps with the Raiders’ second-team offense, completing 4 of 6 throws. He also spent time with quarterbacks coach Paul Hackett after practice before heading to his room for a crash course in Oakland’s offense.

Falcons’ Jenkins out 4-6 weeks: Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Michael Jenkins will miss four to six weeks with a right shoulder injury.

Jenkins fell on the shoulder during the Falcons’ scrimmage Friday at a local high school. He had stopped short of the 30-yard line and stepped upfield a couple of yards to try to catch the pass on quarterback Matt Ryan’s play-action pass.

Sounders blank Dynamo 2-0

MLS: Fredy Montero scored off a long kick downfield from goalkeeper Kasey Keller early in the 64th minute to help the Seattle Sounders extend their MLS unbeaten streak to five games with a 2-0 victory over the visiting Houston Dynamo.

The Sounders (8-8-4, 28 points) have gone 4-0-1 since a 3-1 loss at Los Angeles on July 4 and have climbed into fourth place in the Western Conference.

In addition to his first-ever point in MLS play, Keller picked up his seventh shutout of the season.

Nalbandian wins Mason Classic

Tennis: David Nalbandian of Argentina beat eighth-seeded Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus 6-2, 7-6 (4) in the Legg Mason Tennis Classic final in Washington, becoming the first player ranked outside the top 100 to win an ATP title this year.

Nalbandian needed a wild-card invitation to get into the field because he is ranked 117th after missing about 12 of the past 15 months because of hip surgery and a left hamstring injury.

Kuznetsova takes Carlsbad title: Unseeded Svetlana Kuznetsova squandered four match points before winning her first title in 10 months with a 6-4, 6-7 (7), 6-3 win over No. 4 seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland in the Mercury Insurance Open finals in Carlsbad, Calif.

Kuznetsova effectively used her booming forehand early, but had to survive losing leads of 4-0 and 6-3 in the second-set tiebreak.

Catchings paces Fever past Mercury

WNBA: Tamika Catchings scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the visiting Indiana Fever past the Phoenix Mercury 104-82, putting Indiana atop the Eastern Conference with two weeks left in the regular season.

Briann January (Lewis and Clark) had two points, eight assists and three steals for the Fever.

Thompson sets all-time scoring record: Sparks forward Tina Thompson became the WNBA’s all-time leading scorer Sunday night against the San Antonio Silver Stars.

Thompson surpassed Lisa Leslie, who retired last season after amassing 6,263 points, by making a 16-foot jump shot in the third quarter.

Oh Boy! Oberto wins Seafair Regatta

Miscellany: Steve David with Oh Boy! Oberto won the Albert Lee Cup at Seafair race for unlimited hydroplanes on Lake Washington in Seattle.

David held off a determined challenge from Dave Villwock, driver of Spirit of Qatar.

About two lengths separated the two boats at the end for one of the closest finishes in Seafair racing history.

Superdome catalyst Dixon dies: Businessman Dave Dixon, who fought to bring an NFL team to New Orleans and was the catalyst behind construction of the Louisiana Superdome, died on Sunday. He was 87.

Dixon had been ill since January, said his son, Frank Dixon, who confirmed his death.

IAAF slashes budget due to economic crisis: The international track and field association announced it is slashing spending to stave off financial problems as a result of the economic crisis.

The budget deficit for 2010, which had earlier been forecast at $16 million, is now about $9 million after the cuts and a deal sealed in June with electronics giant Samsung to sponsor the Diamond League meets.