DEION CONTEMPLATED SUICIDE: Deion Sanders said he attempted suicide last year when his marriage was crumbling, his father was dying and everything seemed to be falling apart.

"You're on the run, trying to reach out and hold on to something desperate," the Dallas Cowboys cornerback said in an interview broadcast Sunday on CBS' "NFL Today."

Sanders said he tried to kill himself about a year ago by driving his car off a cliff in Cincinnati, where he was playing baseball for the Reds.

"I attempted suicide, but God had his hands on me," Sanders said. "I ran the car off the cliff, and it was like a 40 . . . 30-foot drop. The car went down and hit and there wasn't a scratch on me or on the car."

Sanders estimated he was driving "about 65 or 70 mph" at the time.

He said he turned his life around after the crash and now loves the Lord with all his heart.

EAGLES, FRYAR AGREE TO DEAL: Philadelphia Eagles receiver Irving Fryar agreed to an incentive laden, three-year contact extension after the Eagles' 24-21 loss to Kansas City on Sunday.

Fryar, who turns 36 today, is in his 15th season and would be with the Eagles through the 2000 season if he meets performance incentives.

JAGS' SMITH INJURED: Defensive end Fernando Smith sprained his left knee during the second quarter Sunday against the Tennessee Oilers, joining a growing list of injured Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Jaguars already are missing end Tony Brackens and linebackers Bryan Schwartz and James Hamilton to injuries. On offense, they lost running back James Stewart for the season last week with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.


BROTHERS & TEAMMATES: The Cincinnati Reds became the first team in baseball history to have two pairs of brothers in the same lineup.

The Reds called up Stephen Larkin - the younger brother of Barry Larkin - on Sunday so they could pull off the first. The Larkins teamed with the Boones - Aaron and Bret - for an all-brother infield.

When the Reds took the field on Sunday, there was Stephen Larkin at first, Bret Boone at second, Barry Larkin at short and Aaron Boone at third. The four of them played infield together twice in the past during spring training games but had never been together in a major league game.


RED WINGS CUT KLIMA: Petr Klima, 33, who started his career with Detroit and was trying to make a comeback with the Red Wings, was cut Sunday.

SYDOR ENDS HOLDOUT: Darryl Sydor, a key member of the Dallas Stars' defensive corps, signed a four-year contract to end his holdout.


DAVIS CUP: Rather than mourn America's Davis Cup debacle, team captain Tom Gullikson is focusing on the future.

At least 21-year-old rookies Jan-Michael Gambill, whose victory Sunday in Milwaukee helped the United States avoid a shutout by the Italians, and Justin Gimelstob got their Davis Cup debuts out of the way.

"Hopefully, the next time they play, nerves won't be a big factor," Gullikson said. "You have to start sometime."

Gambill and Gimelstob represented a sneak peak at the future of U.S. Davis Cup, which will likely include practice partners Bob and Mike Bryan.

Playing without Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Michael Chang and Jim Courier, the starless but still favored U.S. team was upset by Italy 4-1.

Auto racing

NAPA 500: Not long into the NAPA AutoCare 500, Ricky Rudd's seat was burning his backside, and he figured there was no way he could go the distance in heat approaching 150 degrees inside his race car.

"It was like sitting on a hot iron and knowing you're getting burned but mentally just blocking the pain out," Rudd said of Sunday's race in Martinsville, Va.

His 20th career victory extended to 16 his string of seasons with a victory, breaking a record he shared with Dale Earnhardt and Darrell Waltrip.

LUXEMBOURG GRAND PRIX: The Formula One championship will be decided in the last race of the season.

Mika Hakkinen of Finland can capture the crown by finishing no worse than second place in the Japanese Grand Prix on Nov. 1 in his Suzuka.

Hakkinen captured the penultimate race of the season Sunday, beating Michael Schumacher out of the pit stops to win the Luxembourg Grand Prix in Nuerburgring, Germany.