September 16, 1991 |
Don Shula was going for his 300th victory and it was Dan Marino's 30th birthday, but the Detroit Lions gave them nothing to celebrate. Ray Crockett knocked away Marino's fourth-down pass in the end zone with 2:58 left Sunday, and the Lions beat the Dolphins, 17-13. "The important thing is this football team now," Shula said. "That's what I'm concerned with." The Lions (2-1) have bounced back since losing their opener to the Washington Redskins, 45-0.
August 14, 1994 |
Neil O'Donnell and Mike Tomczak each directed two scoring drives and the Pittsburgh Steelers rebounded from deficits in each half to beat the Raiders, 29-17, on Saturday night. Victor Jones, Pittsburgh's fourth-team fullback, scored on two 1-yard runs in the fourth quarter to prevent the Raiders from opening an exhibition season 3-0 for the first time in 11 years.
October 5, 1994 |
When Rob Fredrickson arrived in Oxnard for training camp in July, he had already lost some time and his position. But he never lost sight of his goal--the starting lineup. Fredrickson, the team's No. 1 draft choice out of Michigan State, reported nine days late because of contract negotiations. An outside linebacker in college, Fredrickson was being asked to move to the middle to back up second-year man Greg Biekert.
January 22, 1991 |
When bombs began dropping on Baghdad, sponsors of the 13th annual United Cerebral Palsy national telethon were thrown into a quandary: How do you operate a live, 21-hour broadcast when much of your 80-station network may feel compelled to run breaking news stories instead? The nonprofit charity agency decided that the show must go on--and be taped for probable later broadcast on 55 stations, including KCAL-TV (Channel 9) in Los Angeles, that decided to stick with war coverage over the weekend.
November 21, 1994 |
Without much fanfare, the Raiders have quietly become a defensive force. After a last-second loss to San Diego on Sept. 25, the Raiders have not allowed more than two offensive touchdowns in a game and the streak was extended Sunday in a 24-19 victory over New Orleans. The Raiders held the Saints' offense scoreless for 56 minutes until Jim Everett passed for two late touchdowns. New Orleans' first score came on a 42-yard fumble return by Tyrone Hughes in the third quarter.
July 16, 1994 |
When the Raider veterans reported to training camp Friday, defensive end Greg Townsend was not among them. "We asked him not to report," Coach Art Shell said. "We're working on a trade. Something will happen, hopefully by Monday." The most likely destination for Townsend, 32, is Philadelphia. The Raiders are believed to be asking for draft choices from the Eagles. Two factors combined to make Townsend expendable: --His salary. The 11-year veteran is scheduled to make $1.5 million this season.
October 21, 1994 |
THE COLLEGES The season has passed the halfway point--too late for Notre Dame's Lou Holtz or any other coach to redshirt his entire team. It's also that melancholy time of the year when winless records begin to disappear. The latest team to suffer such a blemish was Houston (1-5), a 39-33 winner (it hurts us to say that word) over the Smus (1-6). Bottom Ten selectors met in an emergency session afterward and activated Akron (0-6) for the No. 1 spot.
September 21, 1994 |
Two weeks to the day after he walked out of the Raiders' training headquarters in El Segundo, citing "personal problems," defensive end Scott Davis walked back in. It was the players' day off Tuesday and there weren't many others around. Davis came in shortly after noon, met with defensive line coach Gunther Cunningham, worked out and then left, gone before he could be asked for a comment. He was on the premises less than an hour.
September 5, 1990 |
Don Majkowski, the Green Bay Packers' Pro Bowl quarterback, agreed Tuesday to end a 45-day holdout and sign a one-year contract that will pay him at least $1.5 million, his agent said. Randy Vataha said the contract agreement, which with incentives could could pay Majkowski as much as $2 million, was reached during a meeting with Tom Braatz, Packer vice president, in Detroit.
June 16, 1994 |
Dan O'Brien flirted with his world record in the decathlon for nine events before succumbing to heat and dehydration at Knoxville, Tenn. With only the 1,500-meter run remaining in the USA-Mobil Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Wednesday night, O'Brien was 14 points ahead of his world-record pace. But he had nothing left for the 1,500, struggling home in 5 minutes 16.42 seconds. The weary O'Brien needed a 4:44.29 to break the record of 8,891 points he set at Talence, France, Sept.