Divers resumed searching the Delaware River on Friday for the father of Orlando Magic guard Jameer Nelson. Floyd “Pete” Nelson was reported missing from his job at a tugboat repair shop about noon Thursday. The 57-year-old was last seen near the water and officials feared that he had fallen into the river just south of the Commodore Barry Bridge.
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Daunte Culpepper has played in almost a decade worth of ho-hum preseason games. Thursday night was not one of them. The recently deposed Miami Dolphins starter made a strong push to convince first-year coach Lane Kiffin he should be his starting quarterback, completing 11 of 19 passes for 108 yards and leading the Raiders offense to its only touchdown in Oakland’s 19-14 loss to the Seattle…
The San Diego Chargers say they’re ready for the Chicago Bears. The San Francisco 49ers clearly need more work. On a night of faux football that was woefully lacking in star power, Alex Smith punctuated his homecoming with two turnovers that helped the San Diego Chargers beat the sloppy 49ers 16-13 in an exhibition finale Thursday night.
Chris Simms hopes he hasn’t played his last game for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The fifth-year pro spent Thursday night walking the sideline with a hip strain, leaving Luke McCown and Bruce Gradkowski to state their final cases for being the team’s backup quarterbacks in a 31-24 preseason-ending victory over the Houston Texans.
Brady Quinn says he’s ready to make an impact for the Cleveland Browns and he did in the preseason finale. When his next opportunity comes remains to be seen. The rookie from Notre Dame was efficient, if unspectacular, leading the Browns to a touchdown in a 19-9 victory over the Chicago Bears on Thursday night.
Eli Manning appears ready for the regular season. Tom Brady had better be. Manning had his third straight solid exhibition tuneup while Brady watched from the sidelines wearing a ball cap as the New England Patriots beat the New York Giants 27-20 Thursday night. Now they’ll get ready for their Sept. 9 openers — the Patriots at the New York Jets and the Giants at the Dallas Cowboys.
David Stern defended his current referees, blasted a pair of former ones, and vowed to wait until a review of the NBA’s officiating program is finished before he decides on any punishments stemming from gambling activities. The commissioner was in Las Vegas on Thursday to watch the United States play Argentina in the FIBA Americas tournament, and it wasn’t long before questions turned to gambling.
Rookie Mark Reynolds had three hits and a career-high five RBIs to lift the Arizona Diamondbacks to an 8-7 win over San Diego on Thursday night, regaining the NL West lead from the Padres. The Diamondbacks, who trailed San Diego by one percentage point coming into the game, held on for the win after taking an 8-0 lead.
Matt Murton’s just glad to play any role for the Chicago Cubs as they go after a playoff berth, especially since he spent time in the minors this season. And Alfonso Soriano is relieved to be back from the disabled list, even if he’s not completely healthy. They teamed up Thursday night, hitting back-to-back homers off Chris Capuano with two outs in the sixth inning as Chicago beat the Milwaukee…
The Tennessee Titans desperately want to roll into the season with some momentum. That means they take the preseason very seriously. Vince Young threw for a touchdown and ran for another for a second straight week, LenDale White added 77 total yards, and they helped the Titans wrap up the preseason by beating Favre and the Green Bay Packers 30-14 Thursday night.
Larry Johnson got the break-in work he needed while supplying a lackluster Chiefs-Rams preseason finale with just a smidgen of star power. Johnson, who ended a 25-day holdout earlier in the month, was the only starter of substance for either team who got on the field in St. Louis’ 10-3 victory Thursday night.