SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Chargers finally looked like the world-beaters they were predicted to be, but it's probably too late.

LaDainian Tomlinson scored on a 3-yard run and Philip Rivers threw three touchdown passes, including a 59-yarder to Vincent Jackson, to give the Chargers a 34-7 victory over the Oakland Raiders last night.

It was San Diego's 11th straight win over its archrival in a series dating to the birth of the AFL in 1960.

The Chargers (5-8) snapped a three-game losing streak and won for just the second time in seven games. Once considered favorites to reach the Super Bowl, they will still need a miracle to reach the playoffs. They trail Denver by 21/2 games in the AFC West, and the Broncos have four to play.

The game may be best remembered, however, as the first NFL game broadcast to theaters live in 3-D.

It was not a rousing success.

Two satellite glitches blacked out the broadcast to theaters in Boston, New York and Los Angeles in the first half. On a few occasions, a quick camera movement or a refocusing had viewers pulling off their polarized lenses.

Steroid case.

A federal judge will be asked to decide today whether five suspended NFL players deserve a chance to play this weekend.

At issue is whether the league had a duty to notify its players and their union that a dietary supplement the five took contained a banned ingredient.

The NFL Players Association argued in a lawsuit filed yesterday in St. Paul, Minn., that the NFL knew about the tainted supplement but failed to share that information with players.

The union filed the lawsuit to block the suspensions of five of the six players for violating the league's anti-doping policy.

The union wants Kevin Williams and Pat Williams of the Minnesota Vikings eligible to play Sunday, along with Charles Grant, Deuce McAllister and Will Smith of the New Orleans Saints.

Union attorneys will go before U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson in St. Paul at 10:30 a.m. today to ask for a preliminary injunction.

The lawsuit does not include Houston Texans long snapper Bryan Pittman, who also was suspended.

The five players were suspended for four games for testing positive in training camp in July and August for the banned diuretic bumetanide, which can be used as a masking agent for steroids.

The NFL contends it is not obligated by its agreements with the union to issue specific warnings about products.

Kevin and Pat Williams had already obtained a temporary restraining order blocking their suspensions from Hennepin County District Judge Gary Larson on Wednesday. Yesterday, the NFL had that case moved into federal court.


Backup quarterback Vince Young was sidelined for practice again Thursday because of an infected right thumb.


New Orleans placed Kevin Kaesviharn on injured reserve, ending the safety's season. Kaesviharn had a neck injury that team officials described as a "stinger," or a pinched nerve.


Receiver Chris Hannon joined Miami off waivers from the San Francisco 49ers.


Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Charles Rogers is being held in a Pontiac, Mich., jail on $100,000 bond for a probation violation stemming from a September incident.

The Oakland Press of Pontiac and the Detroit Free Press reported that Rogers was arrested Sept. 12 in Novi after an incident involving a woman. Rogers was later charged with assault and battery, pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of trespassing, and was sentenced to probation and partial confinement.

Also, New York Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, speeding and driving without insurance after being pulled over by police in Hanover, N.J., last weekend.