American Football: THE PENNY DROPS FOR MAD CHAD.
Victory against St Louis in Sunday's final game of the season would guarantee Pennington's side a place in the Super Bowl hunt despite a late-season collapse.
The quarterback, who signed a $64million contract earlier this season, slammed his media critics a fortnight ago, accusing them of lying about his ability to motivate his team-mates.
But they hit back after his dismal performance against New England last week, with one reporter calling Pennington "more like Joe Schmoe than Joe Montana" and another claiming "the $64m quarterback turns into the $64 quarterback whenever the Jets face an elite team."
Now Pennington insists the controversy is behind him as he gets ready to face the Rams, who also need a win for their play-off hopes.
He said: "I've put it behind me and I hope they have too. No matter if they're telling the truth or not, the press always have the last word and now I realise that."
Washington's Clinton Portis is being sued by a former team-mate... over his shirt number.
When superstitious Portis joined the Redskins in June he wanted the same 26 jersey he wore with Denver - and agreed to pay Ifeanyi Ohalete pounds 20,000 to give up the number.
But he has only coughed up pounds 10,000 so far and Ohalete, now with Arizona, has filed a complaint in Maryland District Court.
TV TIMES: Buffalo Bills v Pittsburgh Steelers, Sky Sports Xtra 6pm tomorrow; Denver Broncos v Indianapolis Colts Sky Sports Xtra 9.15pm tomorrow
PENNINGTON: Truce; PORTIS: Sued
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Jan 1, 2005|
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