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.
September 16, 1996 |
The Oakland Raiders celebrated Jeff Hostetler's return from injuries by breaking an eight-game losing streak in a ragged game featuring little offense and 18 penalties. The image of 320-pound defensive tackle Jerry Ball lumbering 66 yards for the game-breaking touchdown was a fitting ending to the Raiders' sloppy 17-3 victory over Jacksonville on Sunday. "I hadn't run the 40 in eight years," said Ball, who thought about jumping into the stands in celebration, but reconsidered.
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.
September 30, 1999 |
Giants Stadium is going to have a permanent grass field starting in 2000. The New York Giants and New York Jets decided Wednesday to switch from an artificial surface to an experimental tray grass system after receiving assurances from a grass consultant that the field would hold up with two teams playing on it.
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.