NFL notes • Cowboys beat Dolphins 24-20 to open preseason
Canton, Ohio • Rookie Devonte Holloman's 75-yard interception return with a tipped pass keyed the Dallas Cowboys' 24-20 victory over the Miami Dolphins in the Hall of Fame game Sunday night that opened the NFL's preseason.
The sixth-round pick from South Carolina was perfectly situated when rookie Chad Bumphis had Matt Moore's pass go off his hands in the second quarter. It was the biggest play for a Dallas defense switching to a 4-3 alignment under new coordinator Monte Kiffin.
Quarterback Tony Romo, coming off back surgery to remove a cyst, sat out for Dallas.
Hall of Famer Donovan dies
Art Donovan, the lineman whose hilarious stories about his football career enabled him to maintain his popularity long after his election into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, died Sunday night in Baltimore. He was 89.
Donovan made a name for himself as a feisty defensive tackle for the Baltimore Colts, helping the team to world championships in 1958 and 1959. He also spent single seasons with the New York Yanks and Dallas Texans in a career that lasted from 1950 through 1961.
Voted into the Hall of Fame in 1968, Donovan was an outstanding lineman and an even better storyteller. Long after his career was over, Donovan made a living on the talk-show circuit, weaving yarns about the NFL's good old days as he put it, "When men were, well, men."
Eagles' Cooper receives threatening messages
Receiver Riley Cooper has been sent threatening messages after a video of him making a racial slur became public. The team said Sunday that Riley informed the club of the threats and did not know who made them. The team has notified the league's security department. Cooper was fined by the Eagles after his slur became known Wednesday. He left the team Friday to seek counseling.