October 12, 1986 |
Pittsburgh freshman Jeff Van Horne kicked a 29-yard field goal with 1:25 to play, and Notre Dame's John Carney was wide with a 44-yard attempt with 23 seconds left as the Panthers defeated the Irish, 10-9, Saturday. Van Horne's winning kick was set up when freshman defensive tackle David DiTommaso blocked a Notre Dame punt to give Pitt possession at the Irish 34. Carney kicked three field goals, including one from 48 yards in the first half, but he missed two as the Irish fell to 1-4.
April 12, 1993 |
The Chicago Bears have agreed to terms with New Orleans fullback Craig (Ironhead) Heyward, sending an apparent farewell message to incumbent Brad Muster. A team spokesman said Sunday that Heyward will sign in the next day or two. He reportedly will get $3 million for three years plus a $200,000 bonus each season if he reaches accepted weight levels. Heyward has weighed close to 300 pounds in some seasons.
September 5, 1996 |
Injured Dallas Cowboy running back Emmitt Smith threw away his neck brace Wednesday and declared himself ready for the New York Giants. "I honestly feel like I can go," Smith said. "I'm still sore, but I think I'll be OK." It was less than 48 hours earlier that Smith fell on his head and shoulder trying to carry out a play fake in a 22-6 loss to the Chicago Bears.
November 15, 1998 |
The NFL's Tennessee franchise, transplanted from Houston, will have a new nickname in 1999: Titans. "We wanted a new nickname to reflect strength, leadership and other heroic qualities," owner Bud Adams said Saturday in making the announcement. The team was the Houston Oilers from 1960 until it relocated to Tennessee two years ago when it became the Tennessee Oilers. Titans was the original nickname of the New York Jets in the old American Football League.
December 27, 1992 |
For the New Orleans Saints and New York Jets, Saturday was another typical day. The Saints stuck with a no-flash game plan that got them to the playoffs, and the Jets did all of the things that got them nowhere. The result was a 20-0 victory by the Saints--their first shutout of the season--that ensured them of playing at home in a wild-card playoff, and a merciful end to the Jets' miserable season.
November 22, 1987 |
Junior tailback Kelly Skipper scored two touchdowns Saturday as Fresno State beat New Mexico State, 34-10, in a Pacific Coast Athletic Assn. game at Las Cruces, N.M. New Mexico State (2-9, 0-7) has won only two PCAA games in four seasons in the conference. Skipper scored on a five-yard run in the second quarter and put the Bulldogs (6-5, 4-3) ahead to stay, 17-10, with a two-yard run in the third quarter.
September 22, 1997 |
Two early knockout blows helped the St. Louis Rams defeat the New York Giants. On the first play of Sunday's 13-3 victory, linebacker Michael Jones and free safety Keith Lyle sandwiched Giant quarterback Dave Brown at the end of a six-yard scramble, knocking him unconscious. On the Giants' second series, running back Tiki Barber needed several minutes to recover from a jarring collision with strong safety Toby Wright.
November 6, 1998 |
Jeff George practiced with the first-string offense for the second straight day Thursday. He reported no problems with his healing groin muscle, but his return as Oakland Raiders quarterback this weekend remained uncertain. George has not played since injuring his groin in the first quarter of the Oct. 4 game at Arizona, and is hoping to return for Sunday's game at Baltimore. "Jeff took a lot of snaps. He looked better," Coach Jon Gruden said.