The Harrington name was on the winning side twice yesterday in the Detroit area.

First, Lions quarterback Joey Harrington threw for three touchdowns and 176 yards on 18-of-25 passing in a 28-16 victory over the Houston Texans in Detroit's home opener. Harrington iced the game with a 14-yard touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Roy Williams, who made a fingertip catch while dragging his feet in the near corner of the end zone with 4 minutes 41 seconds to play in the fourth quarter.

"Joey put it in a spot where only I could catch it," Williams said.

Then later in the day, about 20 miles from Ford Field at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Township, Mich., Ireland's Padraig Harrington, a cousin to Joey, helped finish off the European team's record 181/2-91/2 victory over the Americans in the Ryder Cup.

Padraig contributed to Europe's most lopsided win by beating Jay Haas, 1 up, in one of the later singles matches. But even under the intense pressure of the Ryder Cup, Harrington could not help but get updates on his football-playing relative.

"Yeah, I was hearing it on the golf course as I was going around," Padraig said. "I was getting reports all the way around. A good day for the Harringtons."

Joey Harrington later made it clear to reporters that he was rooting for his cousin, who totaled four points for Europe in the three-day event, but not the European team.

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