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No. 17 Auburn finally feeling respected

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - The Auburn Tigers finally feel they've gotten the nation's respect.

The 5-0 Tigers cracked the Top 25 at No. 17 this week after a road win over Tennessee.

Linebacker Craig Stevens says it's nice that people are noticing how Auburn is playing.

The Tigers face another SEC road game on Saturday, visiting Arkansas and seeking their first 6-0 start since 2004 when they went undefeated with coach Gene Chizik as defensive coordinator.

Chizik says there's a long road ahead. Auburn still has two Top 5 teams left to play in No. 4 LSU and No. 3 Alabama.

No stats from UAPB-Alcorn State

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) - Stats from Arkansas-Pine Bluff's matchup against Alcorn State last week will not count after the game was called off at halftime because of bad weather.

UAPB and Alcorn St. were scoreless when the game in Pine Bluff was halted Thursday night. The Southwestern Athletic Conference announced Tuesday that the game has been ruled a "no contest."

Cowboys: Romo knew it was 4th down

IRVING, Texas (AP) - Tony Romo really can count to four, at least the Dallas Cowboys say so.

A video shot on Sunday by KDFW shows Romo holding up three fingers following a fourth-down incompletion that sealed Dallas' loss to Denver on Sunday. It is an indication he thought there was another down left.

The tape shows Romo appearing to tell his offensive linemen to get ready for another play, then signaling to refs that the last play was third down. He is told it was fourth and then he swears.

The Cowboys had burned their second down by spiking the ball to stop the clock. On third and fourth downs, Romo threw to Sam Hurd in the end zone, but Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey broke up both tries, denying the Cowboys of a potential tying touchdown.

Cowboys sign CB Gordon to fill roster vacancy

IRVING, Texas (AP) - The Dallas Cowboys have signed cornerback Cletis Gordon, filling a vacancy on the 53-man roster and bolstering a secondary that might be without starting safety Gerald Sensabaugh for the next month.

Gordon has been with San Diego, Houston and Detroit this season. He broke into the league with San Diego in 2006 when current Dallas coach Wade Phillips was the Chargers' defensive coordinator.

In 30 career games, including one start, Gordon has 17 tackles, two pass breakups and 12 special teams tackles.

Sensabaugh broke a plate in his right thumb on Sunday. Alan Ball, who has been backing up at cornerback and safety, will be needed more at safety, so Gordon helps replenish the cornerbacks.

He also fills a special teams void after running back Chauncey Washington was released Monday. Washington was re-signed Tuesday to the practice squad.

Report: Cowboys facility should have survived wind

DALLAS (AP) - A report by a federal agency says the Dallas Cowboys' tentlike practice facility collapsed in winds it should have been able to withstand.

In a 121-page report released Tuesday, the National Institute of Standards and Technology said the steel and fabric building fell under wind loads "significantly less than those required under applicable design standards."

The 88,000-square-foot structure collapsed on May 2, leaving team scouting assistant Rich Behm (beem) paralyzed from the waist down and 11 others less severely injured.

Behm and Cowboys special teams coach Joe DeCamillas, who suffered a broken vertebrae, are suing the building's manufacturer, Summit Structures LLC, and others associated with the project.

Tom Fee, a Dallas attorney who is representing Summit in the lawsuit, issued a written statement reiterating the company's position that an unusual weather event contributed to the collapse.

Frank Branson, the attorney for Behm and DeCamillas, said the report confirms much of what his experts have already learned.

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