December 18, 2006 |
The New Orleans Saints returned to their lockers to find hats and T-shirts commemorating the franchise's first playoff berth since 2000. Players hastily stuffed them in bags as they dressed and left the stadium looking frustrated. "I won't be celebrating at all tonight if that's what you're wondering," quarterback Drew Brees said after the Saints clinched the NFC South by default Sunday while losing, 16-10, to the underdog Washington Redskins. "I have the shirt. I have the hat.
August 25, 2002 |
Reggie Barlow returned a punt for a touchdown, and Oakland's defense looked vastly improved Saturday as the Raiders held off San Francisco, 17-10, in an exhibition game before a half-filled Coliseum at Oakland. The Battle of the Bay turned into the Battle of the Backups, considering all the scoring drives were led by Marques Tuiasosopo and Rick Mirer of the Raiders (1-2), and Tim Rattay of the 49ers (1-3).
December 30, 1998 |
Look out, college football. The Miami Hurricanes are blowing through opponents again. Edgerrin James and James Jackson each ran for two touchdowns as the 24th-ranked Hurricanes routed North Carolina State, 46-23, Tuesday night in the Micron PC Bowl. Scott Covington threw for 320 yards and two TDs, including an 80-yarder to Santana Moss, as Miami (9-3) rolled up 594 yards of offense to cap its comeback from three years of NCAA sanctions.
October 27, 2003 |
Donovan McNabb threw a touchdown pass, ran toward the sideline, stopped, raised his arms, looked toward the crowd and took in their applause. It had been awhile since McNabb heard cheers. McNabb completed 17 of 23 passes for 141 yards and one touchdown, and Correll Buckhalter ran for 100 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Philadelphia Eagles to a 24-17 victory over the New York Jets in Chad Pennington's return Sunday. "We knew what we're capable of," McNabb said.
November 22, 2004 |
Curtis Martin's injured knee wouldn't let him play Sunday. His heart wouldn't let him quit. Knowing he was too hurt to be effective, Martin still wanted to be in the huddle as the New York Jets tried to rally in the fourth quarter. So he went to Coach Herman Edwards and asked a favor. "I said, 'Just let me go in there, look the offensive linemen in the eye and see if we can't get this thing going,' " Martin said.
October 7, 2002 |
Priest Holmes gave Kansas City yet another stellar fourth-quarter finish. The running back caught a 19-yard touchdown pass from Trent Green with 27 seconds left as the Chiefs beat the New York Jets, 29-25, Sunday. Holmes was unstoppable as a back and receiver. He ran for 152 yards and a touchdown against the league's next-to-worst rushing defense, and also caught nine passes for 81 yards and the winning score. Holmes refused to talk after the game, so Green gushed instead. "What can't he do?"
November 1, 2008 |
Kansas City running back Larry Johnson was suspended for Week 10 of the NFL season by Commissioner Roger Goodell for violating the league's personal conduct policy. Johnson already was deactivated the last two weeks by Kansas City and also won't play Sunday against Tampa Bay. He will miss the Chiefs' game at San Diego next weekend under the suspension. The suspension will cost him about $147,000, or one game check.
December 14, 2000 |
SMU was placed on two years' probation by the NCAA on Wednesday, just as the school was recovering from being the only major college football program to get the "death penalty." The NCAA cited recruiting violations in broadening the penalties already imposed by the university. The governing body said an SMU coach engaged in academic fraud and made payments to students two years ago. The NCAA did not place any restrictions on TV appearances or eligibility for bowl games.
November 17, 2003 |
Edgerrin James softened up the New York Jets' defense and punter Hunter Smith blasted through it. While James carried for a season-high 127 yards and three touchdowns Sunday, it was Smith's 21-yard run on a fake field goal that gave the Indianapolis Colts a 38-31 victory. "It just opened wide up," Smith said after scoring his first touchdown in five NFL seasons. "I think anyone could have scored on that one." Perhaps anyone could have scored Sunday, period.
October 8, 2006 |
Charlie Frye Cleveland * While at Akron, he set 54 passing and total offense records. Bruce Gradkowski Tampa Bay * Had nation's second-best completion rate as a Toledo sophomore. Byron Leftwich Jacksonville * At Marshall, he led one of the most potent offenses in the country. Chad Pennington New York Jets * Marshall's QB rivaled another MAC star: Central Florida's Daunte Culpepper. Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh * When he was at Miami of Ohio, Big Ben also handled punting.