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ESPN TO INTRODUCE VIDEO FIRST-DOWN MARKER

You say you've always wanted to know EXACTLY where the first-down line is for teams during football games? ESPN is at your service.

During Sunday's night's Cincinnati-Baltimore game, ESPN will introduce "1st and Ten." Viewers will see a yellow line on their screens where the first down marker is.

In a process developed through SporTVision, the location of the first-down yard line is entered into the system's computer. Viewers should immediately know if a player has made a first down.

Fox Sports had its glowing hockey puck. Now, ESPN has a yellow first-down line. The first-down line should be easier on the eyes than the glowing puck was.

Elway likely to play, coach says

DENVER -- John Elway tested his injured leg Friday, and his coach thinks he'll be able to play this weekend against the Washington Redskins.

The Denver Broncos quarterback went half speed on his strained right hamstring. He remains questionable on the injury report, but coach Mike Shanahan sounded upbeat.

"John looked good," Shanahan said after the brief workout. "He practiced the whole practice and he didn't have any repercussions from yesterday, so it looks like he'll be in good shape."

Panthers extend Davis deal

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- All-pro cornerback Eric Davis has signed a contract extension with the Carolina Panthers through the 2001 season.

Davis, who was a Pro Bowl selection with San Francisco in 1995 and 1996, has started 32 of 34 games and has 10 interceptions for Carolina. Davis, who played six seasons with the 49ers, signed with the Panthers as a free agent before the 1996 season.

Davis' original contract with Carolina would have expired after the 1999 season.

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