ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Tim Tebow (TEE’-boh) showed off his
fancy moves on a wild play that didn’t even count.
Tebow’s failed scramble just before halftime stood as the play
of the game, until Stephen McGee – another option quarterback in
college – ran around to throw a 13-yard touchdown pass and a
two-point conversion with 15 seconds left, giving the Dallas
Cowboys a 24-23 victory over the Denver Broncos in a preseason
opener Thursday night. Tebow led the Broncos to two field goals in four drives. The first came on a drive that started on his own 10-yard line, the
other on a series that started 7 yards from the end zone.
He completed 6 of 7 passes for 91 yards. He also ran twice for
15 yards. McGee threw three TD passes. The Broncos next preseason game is next Saturday, August 20th at home against the Buffalo Bills.
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) – Tyler Hansen doesn’t have to glance over
his shoulder anymore, and he sure isn’t looking back with any
regrets. The senior quarterback, who was constantly concerned about
former coach Dan Hawkins pulling him in favor of son Cody Hawkins,
leads Colorado and new coach Jon Embree into their Pac-12 debut
this fall after the Buffaloes bolted the Big 12. Hansen is a senior but this is the first time he doesn’t have to look back to see if Cody Hawkins will be coming in to take his job. Hansen twice burned redshirt years to rescue the Buffs’ offense only to get bumped back to the sideline.
CINCINNATI (AP) – Johnny Cueto (KWAY’-toh) and two relievers
made a pair of first-inning runs stand up and the Cincinnati Reds
salvaged a split of their four-game series against the Colorado
Rockies with a 2-1 win on Thursday.
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. (AP) – After testing his injured right wrist on
the practice range, Rory McIlroy is playing round two of the PGA
Championship. The U.S. Open champion was injured on the third hole
yesterday when his club hit a tree root but went on to card a
respectable even-par 70. He teed it up seven shots behind Steve
Stricker, who carded a record-tying 7-under 63 to grab a two stroke
lead after 18 holes at Atlanta Athletic Club.
PHOENIX (AP) – The Diamondbacks beat the Astros 8-5 in 10
innings to double their lead over the second-place Giants in the NL
West race. Arizona enters tonight’s outing against the visiting New
York Mets one game clear of San Francisco, which had Thursday off
and is at Florida this evening.
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) – Seventy-seven-year-old Howard
Schnellenberger has announced that he’ll retire from coaching
following the 2011 season at Florida Atlantic. It’s his last stop
on a journey that began more than 50 years ago and saw him be part
of four college national championships and a Super Bowl victory.
MONTREAL (AP) – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (SAHNG’-guh) continues to
have Roger Federer’s number. The 13th-seeded Frenchman upset the
third seed from Switzerland 7-6, 4-6, 6-1 in the third round of the
Rogers Cup. Federer was playing for the first time since losing to
Tsonga in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.
COON RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) – Former world heavyweight boxing
contender Scott LeDoux (lah-DOO’) has lost his nearly three-year
battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease. Nicknamed the “Fighting
Frenchman,” LeDoux faced some of boxing greats during his 10-year
professional career, stepping into the ring with Muhammad Ali,
George Foreman and Leon Spinks. Scott LeDoux was 62 years old.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – Don Chandler, a kicker and punter who was
part of four championship teams with the New York Giants and Green
Bay Packers, has died. He was 76.
The Moore Southlawn Funeral Home in Tulsa, Okla., said Chandler
died Thursday. Chandler played 12 NFL seasons, nine with the Giants and three with the Packers. He won an NFL championship with the Giants as a
rookie in 1956 and three with Vince Lombardi’s Packers, an NFL
championship game victory over Cleveland after the 1965 season. He
was also part of victories in the first two Super Bowls, over
Kansas City in January 1967 and over Oakland in January 1968.
There will be a private burial Tuesday followed by a memorial
service at Asbury United Methodist Church in Tulsa.
NEW YORK (AP) – The U.S. Ski Team has dismissed an 18-year-old
member of its development squad after he was accused of getting
drunk and then urinating on a fellow passenger aboard a JetBlue
flight to New York City. Robert “Sandy” Vietze (VEETZ), of Warren, Vt., was detained by police at New York’s Kennedy Airport Wednesday morning after
arriving on a red-eye flight from Portland, Ore.
A spokeswoman for the Port Authority Police said federal
prosecutors later decided not to pursue criminal charges. But that
didn’t get the teen out of trouble. U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association Executive Vice President of Athletics Luke Bodensteiner emailed a statement Friday to TheAssociated Press. It said Vietze had been dismissed from the team for conduct violations.