NFL • Broncos edge Seahawks in subpar preseason opener
The Associated PressFirst published Aug 07 2014 11:39PM
Denver • The Super Bowl teams slogged through a preseason opener delayed by lightning and a flurry of flags Thursday night before linebacker Steven Jackson’s end zone interception of Terrelle Pryor’s pass sealed the Denver Broncos’ 21-16 win over the Seattle Seahawks.
In between a 46-minute delay, both starting offenses put together long touchdown drives that ate up more than 9 minutes and were kept alive by a wave of yellow flags.
Altogether, there were 25 accepted penalties, 13 on Seattle and a dozen on Denver.
Ronnie Hillman’s 1-yard TD run capped Denver’s 14-play, 61-yard drive in which Peyton Manning completed 9 of 11 passes for 63 yards and the officials threw six flags.
Texans owner McNair says he’s healthy
Houston Texans owner Bob McNair says he’s gotten a clean bill of health after a 10-month battle with two forms of cancer.
The 77-year-old McNair spoke about his ordeal at a news conference Thursday attended by his doctors and family members.
McNair says he’s dealt with skin cancer for about 20 years and was diagnosed about six years ago with chronic lymphocytic leukemia, a blood disease that weakens the immune system.
He had surgery last fall to remove an abnormal growth behind his left ear. Doctors told him that they couldn’t remove all the cancerous cells and that McNair had an aggressive form of the disease. He underwent six weeks of radiation and chemotherapy and CT scans in April and on Monday showed that the cancer cells were virtually gone.
School president: Keep Washington name out of stadium
The University of Minnesota says it is working with the Minnesota Vikings to keep the Washington Redskins’ nickname from being used when the two teams play on campus in November.
University President Eric Kaler gave the assurances in a letter to U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, a Democrat who has said use of the name would violate school policies on equity and diversity.
The Vikings are playing home games at TCF Bank Stadium the next two seasons while their new stadium is being built.
Track star trying to make NFL transition
Olympic sprinter Jeff Demps is trying to make the best of an opportunity to revive his football career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The former University of Florida running back made his NFL debut last year, appearing in two games after joining the Bucs following the close of his track and field season.
The 24-year-old, who was called the fastest player in the league by coach Lovie Smith, subsequently decided to take up football full time and is expected to see action Friday when Tampa Bay plays its preseason opener at Jacksonville, which will take its first look at rookie quarterback Blake Bortles in a game.