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Jet's backups turn on the afterburners

NFL PRESEASON GAMES Running back Little John Flowers made a case for why he should make the final cut when the NY Jets trim their roster to only 53 players from 70 by Sunday

NY TIMES NEWS SERVICE , PHILADELPHIA

For the sixth straight year, the Redskins are atop Forbes magazine's annual list of NFL franchise valuations at US$1.26 billion. The value has increased 15 percent since last year, when Washington became the first American sports team to pass the US$1 billion mark with a value of US$1.1 billion.

This year, Redskins are one of three NFL teams valued at more than US$1 billion. The archrival Dallas Cowboys are worth US$1.06 billion. The defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots are valued at US$1.04 billion.

The Redskins have been atop the Forbes list since unseating the Cowboys in 2000. Dallas had held the top spot since 1993.

The Redskins had US$287 million in operating revenue last year, up from US$245 million in 2003, with an operating income of US$53.8 million, down from US$69.6 million the previous year.

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