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COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY LOU CAPOZZOLA SKATEBOARDING The Flyers' Eric Lindros treads the boards in a first-round playoff showdown with the Sabres, which Philadelphia won 3-2 to even the series at one game apiece.

COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY KARIM SHAMSI-BASHA ALABAMA SLAMMERS At Talladega, Dale Earnhardt (3) and Kyle Petty (44) ride Bill Elliott into the wall on Lap 142 of the DieHard 500. When the smoke cleared, Earnhardt had second-degree burns on his face and neck, and Elliott had a bruised sternum.

COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY STU FORSTER/ALLSPORT GOALS TO NEWCASTLE Alan Shearer of Newcastle, in England's Premier League, puts the ball where Barnsley goalkeeper David Watson ain't during a 2-1 home victory.