Sports, September 25th

ENGLEWOOD (AP) – One week, it’s interceptions. The next week, it’s incompletions. In a 31-25 loss to Houston, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning threw 26 incompletions, the highest number of misconnections he’s made in a single game over his 15-year career. The Associated Press reviewed all 26 incompletions. Seven were overthrown, four were underthrown, four were dropped by Broncos receivers and four were dropped by Houston defenders. Three of the incompletions were grounded to stop the clock or avoid a sack, two were deflected by defenders in coverage and one was batted down at the line. The other one was an on-target pass to receiver Demaryius Thomas, who couldn’t get his second foot down in the back of the end zone.

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) – A sports economist is disputing how much revenue a proposed new on-campus football stadium at Colorado State University might generate. Temple University professor Joel Maxcy was hired by opponents of a new stadium to analyze projections in an advisory committee’s feasibility study, which found the new stadium could generate $173 million to $437 million in revenues. Maxcy says the study was overly optimistic about game attendance, sales of luxury seats and donations. He estimates that under the best possible conditions, the proposed $246 million stadium wouldn’t generate that much revenue – but could lose up to $218 million in 30 years under the most pessimistic conditions. CSU President Tony Frank has said he’ll decide whether to proceed with a new stadium by early next week.

NEW YORK (AP) – The NFL has upheld the Seahawks’ 14-12 win over the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football. The league said in a statement Tuesday that Seattle’s last-second touchdown pass should not have been overturned. The NFL says Seahawks receiver Golden Tate should have been called for offensive pass interference before the catch, which would have clinched a Packers victory, but that cannot be reviewed by instant replay. The replacement officials ruled on the field that Tate had simultaneous possession with Green Bay safety M.D. Jennings, which counts as a reception. The NFL says that once that happened, the referee was correct that no indisputable visual evidence existed on review to overturn the touchdown call. On the final play, Russell Wilson heaved a 24-yard pass into a scrum in the end zone. Tate and Jennings both got their hands on the ball, though the Packers insisted Jennings had clear possession for a game-ending interception.

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Las Vegas oddsmakers say $300 million or more changed hands worldwide on a controversial referee call that decided the Monday Night Football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks. Sports book chief Jay Kornegay said Tuesday that bettors at The LVH casino registered shock, some celebration, then anger when the outcome of the Packers game against the Seahawks was decided due to what he called “a blatant bad call.” The Seahawks won 14-12 after referees ruled that a Seattle receiver came down with the ball in a pile of bodies in the end zone. Gambling expert RJ Bell of Las Vegas-based Pregame.com says he thinks two-thirds of bets worldwide were on the Packers, and that sports books took in at least $150 million because of the call.

UNDATED (AP) – Chicago continues to cling to a one-game lead over Detroit in the American League Central race. The White Sox nipped Cleveland 5-4 last night while the Tigers were beating Kansas City 6-2.

UNDATED (AP) – The Yankees have opened up a one-and-a-half game lead over Baltimore atop the American League East. New York got six shutout innings from Andy Pettitte (PEHT’-iht) while hitting four home runs in a 6-3 decision at Minnesota. The O’s split a doubleheader with visiting Toronto.

DENVER (AP) – Volatile Sprint Cup driver Kurt Busch has signed to replace Regan Smith in Furniture Row Racing’s No. 78 Chevrolet next season. The 2004 NASCAR champion split from Penske Racing after the 2011 season due to a collection of off-track incidents and has spent this season with Phoenix Racing.

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