A University of Idaho football player was shot to death, and police arrested two brothers from Seattle after a car chase that extended across two states.

Eric McMillan, 19, was pronounced dead early Monday at an area hospital, Moscow (Idaho) police Capt. Cam Hershaw said. McMillan was a starting cornerback for the Vandals and played Saturday against Washington State. A motive for the shooting was not immediately clear.

Police responding to a report of gunshots Sunday afternoon arrived at McMillan's house to find someone already had taken him to the hospital, Hershaw said.

Based on a description and license plate number given by witnesses who saw a car speeding from McMillan's home, sheriff's deputies pursued the vehicle, officials said.

A spike strip across a highway ended the chase several hours and jurisdictions later. Matthew R. Wells II, 27, and James J. Wells, 25, were arrested Sunday night on Interstate 90 near Vantage, Wash., about 150 miles west of Moscow.

The brothers, former football standouts at a high school in Seattle, were being held in a Washington jail. . . .

The Minnesota Court of Appeals refused to reinstate a lawsuit against the Minnesota Vikings for the actions of its trainers before the death of lineman Korey Stringer.

The appellate court agreed with a Hennepin (Minn.) County judge, who dismissed the lawsuit in April 2003 on grounds that trainers didn't commit gross negligence in Stringer's death from heat stroke during 2001 training camp.

* AUTO RACING: Robby Gordon apologized for intentionally causing an accident in Sunday's Nextel Cup race at New Hampshire International Speedway.

The wreck entangled the cars of Tony Stewart and Jeremy Mayfield and, as a result, put them out of contention for the cup championship in the final nine races of the season.

Gordon was angered 17 laps into Sunday's race when Greg Biffle caused him to spin. After radioing to his crew that he would retaliate, he made good on the threat by intentionally wrecking Biffle later in the race.

* PARALYMPICS: Swimmer Jessica Long, 12, of Dundalk, Md., won the gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle in Athens.

-- From News Services

Robby Gordon, pictured at race in June, picked up intensity over weekend by deliberately crashing into Greg Biffle during race. He later apologized.