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More THE DAILY GLOBE. Ironwood, Ml —Tuesday. Sept 8,1998 Page 10 Preston, Packers blow past Lions in opener By ARNIE STAPLETON AP Sports Writer ' GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The last time RoelS Preston had a big game for the Green Bay Packers, he was packing his bags 48 hours later. Preston won't have to worry about a repeat after his 100-yard kickofF return for a touchdown helped Green Bay beat the Detroit Lions 38-19 Sunday. Preston's score came just seconds after rookie Terry Fair's 101-yard kickoff return for a touchdown on the last play of the third quarter, pulling the Lions to 24- 19. • It was the first back-to-back kickoff TD returns in the NFL in 11 years. "There will be plenty more," promised Preston, who returned to Green Bay to take care of unfinished business in the offsea- son. Last year, he joined the team in Npvember and set a team record with 211 kickoff return yards against Indianapolis but was waived two days later to make room for -linebacker George Koonce, who returned from a knee injury. "I'm happy for him," Packers coach Mike Holmgren said. "I think anyone who sticks with it like that, I think it's a great story. "He has worked very hard to come back. Last year, that was a unique set of circumstances. We got some people back off injury and Roell got caught in a numbers game." • This year, it was Glyn Milburn •who got caught -in a numbers . The Lions traded MiiLurn to !the Packers in April three days after taking Fair, a star at Tennessee, in the first round of the NFL draft. But Preston, who signed for $238,000 and no bonus, beat out Milburn, who was traded to Chicago — and had an 88-yard touchdown return Sunday. "I take my hat off to Glyn, I learned a lot from him when he was here," Preston said. Preston and Fair overshadowed the first matchup of reigning MVPs in NFL history. Barry Sanders' streak of 14 consecutive regular-season 100-yard rushing games came to an end as he gained 70 yards in 17 carries, and Brett Favre was a workmanlike 23-for-31 for 193 yards and a touchdown before hooking up with Antonio Freeman for an 84- yard TD toss with 1:53 left. But the kick returners stole this show, with Preston one-upping Fair. . "By golly, we let them right off the hook," Li on a coach Bobby Ross lamented. "It was like deja vu all over again," said Fair, who saw the same thing happen to him in the Arizona state championship back in high school. Preston said you ain't seeing nothing yet. "Hopefully, I'm trying to do something no one ever did. I'm trying to at least return one a game," he said. After Fair's 101-yarder, "it kind of got quiet there," Holmgren said. "But then those guys rallied. The return team got in there kind of mad because it's a lot of the same people who just gave up the return." Fair returned sue kickoffs for 244 yards and Preston returned four for 163. The Packers, winners of 28 straight at Laxnbeau Field, ran their streak to 37 quarters without allowing a TD pass before Scott Mitchell's 25-yard scoring strike in the third quarter to Herman Moore, who caught nine passes for 100 yards despite a Sluman slips by Strieker at Greater Milwaukee Open MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jeff Sluman, who went nine years be- 'tween his first and second PGA Tour wins, only . waited 19 .months for No. 3 as he beat [hometown favorite Steve Strieker ;by one stroke to win the Greater •Milwaukee Open on Sunday. • Sluman, who won the PGA •Championship in 1988 and the '. Tucson Classic last year, bogeyed !No. 18 for a 3-under-par 68 and a ;l9-under 265 total that earned :him $324,000. ; Strieker, who also closed with a ;68, was the favorite of the gallery ;and the resident of nearby Madi•son made it interesting at Brown • Deer Park Golf Course. • He began the final round one 'stroke behind co-leaders Sluman '. and Chris Perry and climbed ;back into contention with birdioa ;on the final four holes, duplicat- ; ing what he did Saturday. Strieker, who became a father -for the first time last Monday, • had said that winning what ^amounts to his backyard tournament would be "more special" to JEFFSLUMAN him than any other. The crowd gave him a standing ovation as he walked up the 18th fairway. Michigan fumbles, tumbles; Badgers win; Spartans lose SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame made the most of its chances, Michigan didn't. It was that simple. "It was a game of momentum," Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said following the 36-20 loss Saturday. '"We had some opportunities and didn't take advantage of •them. Four (missed) field goals — do that, and you're not going to .win games like this." 1 With the loss, Michigan (0-1) !tumbled eight places from No. 5 ;to No. 13 in The Associated Press' ;first regular-season Top 25 col- ;legc football poll. The Fighiting ;Irish jumped to No. 10. I "A loss like this just tears your •heart out," Wolverines quarter!back Tom Brady said. "But by no .means is this season over. You're '.going to see a different team out Jthcre next week." | To Michigan fans it may have appeared as though they saw two teams Saturday: a dominant 'team in the first half that just couldn't finish its drives or kick a field goal, and in the second half J» team that waa manhandled. ; "Our defense tired, and we missed four field goals. We didn't run the ball well," Carr »aid. "We've got a long way to go. We've got a lot of corrections to make and not a long time to do it." Ahead 13-9, fumbles by Clarence Williams and Ray Jackson led to 14 quick Irish points and the Wolverines never recovered. In fact, it got worse as Notre Dame built a 36-13 lead before freshman Drew Henson replaced Brady and threw a late TD pass. Wise. 26, S.D. St. 14 SAN DIEGO (AP) — MJke Samuel scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 47-yard quarterback draw early in the fourth quarter and the No. 20 Wisconsin Badgers, playing without tailback Ron Dayne, rallied to beat San Diego State 26-14 Saturday night in the opener for both teams. After struggling offensively in the second and third quarters, the Badgers scored 17 straight points on four possessions in a span of 11 minutes, 9 seconds. Two possessions were set up by turnovers and one by a partially blocked punt. Oregon 48, MSU 14 EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The Ducks turned what seemed like a juicy opening-day matchup — playing the 23rd-ranked Spartans on ABC — into a laugher early. Oregon scored on its first six possessions and, on four touchdown passes by Akili Smith and two field goals from Nathan Villegas, jumped to a 34-0 halftime lead. torn groin muscle. The TD capped a drive that began at the 50 thanks to Fair's 49-yard return. But Mitchell's 2- point conversion pass failed, leaving the Lions down 17-12. The Packers ate up nearly 10 minutes on an 18-play, 85-yard drive capped with a 6-yard touchdown pass to Freema.n. The Lions answered in a flash. Fair returned the kickoff 101 yards and the Lions were down just 24-19 entering the fourth quarter. Preston matched the magic with a return that began with him winding through tacklers and ended with him gyrating to the fans and diving into the end zone. The Packers jumped to a 17-3 lead, turning Detroit's first possession into seven points. On fourth-and-inches from his 41, Mitchell tried a sneak, but he was spun around by tackle Santana Dotson. Linebacker Brian Williams stripped the ball and Butler scooped it up, rumbling 32 yards for a'10-0 lead. The basis for my thinking there was we needed one inch," Ross said. "On top of that, we have to try to keep the ball out of Favre's hands." Doreey Levens carried 25 times for 59 yards and a touchdown a week after he ended his contract holdout. He also caught seven passes for 38 yards. , Notec The last time there were back-to- back kickoff returns for TO* waa Dec. 20, 1987, when San Fnmcisco'i Joe Cribb* countered Sylvester Stamp*' 97-yard return for Atlanta with a 92-yard TD return. ... Farre bruised hia ribs in the fourth quaj-ter when he fell on the ball, but he didnt mis* any soap*. ... Packers free safety Darren Sharper misaitfl playing time with dJTTJnras after knocking helmets with teammate Keith McKenzie. ... Mike Prior got his 35th career interception, ending Detroit's last gasp with 2:22 left. Bessemer wins Tip-Off WAKEFIELD — The Bessemer Speed Girls won their fifth straight Tjp-Off Basketball Tournament here Saturday, downing Wakefield 55-45 in championship play. "It was' a battle between our quickness and press against their inside strength and rebounding," said Bessemer coach Jim Partanen. "We won out." Bessemer's press help create 22 Wakefield turnovers in the first half. "We didn't shoot very well though. We missed a lot of layups," said Partanen. The Cards finished with 32 turnovers to 13 for Bessemer. Wakefield won the rebound battle 37-26. Ashley Sadler led the Cards with 19. Karin Roberts had eight for Bessemer. "Sadler had a good game. She's a good ballplayer," said Partanen. Angela Merconti paced the Speed Girls with 20 points. Sadler had 22 for Wakefield. Bessemer shot 23-59, for 39 percent. Wakefield was 16-39, for 41 percent. Marenisco beat Dollar Bay 32-23 for consolation honors. Ronnie Lynn Powell led the Mill- towners with 10 points. Bessemer won the junior varsity tourney, topping Wakefield in the championship game Saturday afternoon. Marenisco defeated Ironwood's freshmen in the consolation game. Wakefield (1-2) plays at home against Houghton tonight. Marenisco (1-2) hosts Watersmeet tonight in Porcupine Mountain Conference action. Bessemer (2-1) hosts its first home game Sept. 15 against Watersmeet. Wakefield — Kryst.nl Sibley 0 0 1 1-1, Amy Mrrcure 000 0-0. Lindsay Anomch 103 2-5. Toruia Roberts 204 4-8, Anne Zechcvich 200 1-4. Ricci Budg-ick 1 1 0 5-5, Ashley Sadler 9 0 4 4-22. Holly HaJberg 000 1-0. Totals: 15 1 12-31 1845. Bewcmer — An^la Merconti 804 1-20, Rschel Fertile 000 0-0, Karin Roberts 100 4-2. Jaclyn B«B«au 600 4-12. Jessie Peterson 000 0-0, Heidi Kern 000 3-0, Becky Ixmdo 0 0 0 0-0, Nkofe Hacovitii 012 0-5, Adrisnne Petsrson 4 I) 0 5-8, Katharine Adams 102 &-4. Nicole LaRoque 200 5-4. Totals: 22 1 8-152765. Quarter*: B*ssem«r 21304255 Wskefield 12 19 33 45 Hurley junior bowlers wanted The Hurley Junior Bowling League is looking for youths. The first week of bowling is Saturday. Regulars will return to original shifts unless otherwise advised. Early shift starts at 9 a.m. Older youths bowl at 11:30. To sign up call the American Legion Lanes (561-5737), Rose (561-4677) or Judy (561-3773.) Associsted Press Green Bay running back Dorsey Levens catches a pass in front of Detroit Lions' Allen Aid- ridge in the third quarter Sunday in Green Bay. Elway ageless in Broncos win DENVER (AP) — John Elway made plays that 38-year-old quarterbacks aren't supposed to be able to make. He rolled out and threw a 44- yard completion on the first play from scrimmage. He made a head-first dive at the end of a 13-yard gain to keep a scoring drive alive. He repeatedly scrambled out of harm's way to complete passes downfield. Defying the ravages of age, Elway completed 22 of 34 passes for 257 yards and a touchdown as the Denver Broncos began' defense of their Super Bowl title with a 27-21 win over the New England Patriota on Monday night. While the Patriots were shutting down Denver's running game and Super Bowl MVP Terrell Davis with seven- and eight- man fronts, the Broncos countered through the air. Davis scored twice, but finished with just 75 yards on 22 carries, well below his average of 117 yards last season when he led the AFC with 1,750 yards. Davis burned New England for 154 and 171 yards the last two times they met, and the Patriots were determined to reverse the trend. They did, but turned Elway loose in the process. "I kind of had a feeling coming in that as well as we've rushed the ball against them the previous three games, they weren't going to allow us to run the ball like we had," Elway said. "So I thought we were going to be able to throw the ball. When we get eight-man fronts, it opens up some holes downfield." Elwa/s 44-yard pass to Ed Mc- Caffrey to start the game set up a field goal. Elway scrambled and completed a 23-yard pass to Justin Armour to set up his 12-yard TD throw to Shannon Sharpe late in the first quarter, giving . Denver a 10-0 lead. His 20-yard pass to Sharpe and 18-yarder to Rod Smith set up another field goal in the third quarter, making it 20-14. Finally, after Darrien Gordon's 30-yard punt return to the New England 43-yard line early in the final period, Elway threw a 9- yard pass to Sharpe and was roughed on the play by Patriots end Willie McGinest for another 10 yards. Davis followed with a 1-yard scoring run for a 27-14 lead with 10:51 remaining. Drew Bledsoe completed 20 of 32 passes for 289 yards and two scores. > 'Miners ground Jets in OT; Jaguars avoid Bear upset By BARRY W1LNER AP Football Writer If the San Francisco 49ers and New York Jets can keep this up, imagine what kind of seasons are in store for them. On 'an opening day when seven NFL quarterbacks were injured, the 49ers' Steve Young and Jets' Glenn Foley staged an old-fashioned Shootout at 3Com Park. The teams combined for 1,022 yards, the final 96 on a team-record touchdown run by Garrison Hearst that gave San Francisco a 36-30 overtime victory. "I just pulled out and saw some room," Hearst said. "Then, as I kept going, everything started to open up. I was just thinking, 'Don't run out of gas.' I couldn't believe we broke it on that play." It was the last big play in a game filled with sensational offensive performances, including Young, coming off hia sixth passing title, going 26-for-46 for 363 yards and three touchdowns. And Foley doing even better, completing 30 of 58 for 415 yards and three touchdowns. "I can't be more disappointed than I am right now," said Jets coach Bill Parcella after his top receivers, Keyahawn Johnson and Wayne Chrebet, combined for 15 catches and 251 yards. The outrageousness overshadowed somewhat Jerry Rice'a return to the 49era. The game's greatest receiver, who played in only parts of two 19S7 games because of knee injuries, flashed his old form on a 14-yard touchdown reception. He had six catches for 86 yards. "It just felt good to go out and finish a football game," Rice said. "I had to channel my energy. I had so much emotion, I said, 'Jerry, calm down."" Things weren't much calmer in Chicago, where the Jaguars needed a last-ditch, 87-yard drive to avoid a big upset, 24-23. Or in San Diego, with the Bills falling to the Chargers 16-14 when usually reliable Steve Christie missed a 39-yard field goal with three seconds remaining. Buffalo's quarterback, Rob Johnson, was one of the signal- callers not to make it through opening day. He sustained a concussion and cut chin. Other quarterbacks injured were New Orleans' Billy Joe Hobert, who tore his Achilles' tendon in a 24-17 victory at St. Louis and will be out for the season; Kansas City's Elvis Grbac (bruised right shoulder) in a 28-8 win against Oakland; Tennessee's Steve McNair (bruised right elbow) in a 23-14 victory at Cincinnati; Baltimore's Jim Harbaugh (slight fracture of his right ring finger) in a 20-13 loss to Pittsburgh; Tampa Bay's Trent Dilfer (deep thigh bruise) in a 31-7 rout at the hands of Minnesota; and Washington's Gus Frerotte (sprained left shoulder) in a 31-24 loss to the New York Giants. Vikings 31, Buccaneer* 7 Brad Johnson, coming back from last year's neci injury, had • career-high four TD passes, two to veteran CrU Carter and two to hotahot rookie Randy MOM. MOM blew the gams open with 43- and 31-yard touchdowna on consecutive possessions. The visiting Buca' vaunted running game generated only 6fl yarda. Jaguaxs 24, Roars 23 Mark Brunei! went 8-for-9 in an 87-yard game-winning drive Sunday aa Jacksonville rallied at Chicago. Brunell threw for 73 yards on the drive, hitting Jimmy Smith with a 4- yard TD pass with 29 second* left. "It wai one of the beat drivea in franchise history," Brunei! aaid. Smith finished with nine catches for 90 yards. Chargers 18, Bills 14 John Carney's 54-yard field goal bounced o.ff the left upright and went through with 4:3Q to play. Then Christie waa wide left on a 39-jmrd field-go»l attempt with three aecond*'left. Christie also shanked • 21-yard attempt early in the fourth quarter at San Diego. Doug Flutie, in relief of Johnson, was »u- perb. with touchdown paasei of 43 and 5 yards to Andre Reed. The 35-year-old quarterback ipent the last eight year* in the CFL. Ryan Leaf, the second overall pick in the draft, had a mediocre debut for the Chargers. Saints 24, Rams 17 New Orleans turned two first-half turnovers into touchdowna and had only one turnover, contrasting with a mistake-filled performance from Si. Louis. Lamar Smith caught one touchdown pass and threw for another on an option play. But the Sainta lost Hobert when he ruptured his right Achille*' tendon dropping back to pass on the artificial turf. Chiefs 28, Raider* 8 Derrick Thomas nearly matched his NFL record of seven sacks, getting to Jeff George li* times as the hosts dumped George 1C tiroes. Kansas City ran up a 17-0 lead before Oakland ran a successful play, making for a painful debut for 35-year-old Raiden coach Jon Gruden. Donnell Bennett rushed 23 times for 115 yardi for Kansas City, which supposedly doesn't have a running threat. CM ler* 23, Ben (als 14 AJ D*l Greco made his first three field-goal attempts, whJe Dav« Krieg took over for McNair and played well But Tennessee lost five players to injury: McNair, DT Henry Ford, safety Blaine Bishop, cornerbnck Steve Jackson and center Erik Norgard. Cincinnati running back Ki-Jana Carter broke his Uft wrist and will be out eight to 12 weeks. St*eUra 20, Raven* 13 Kordell Stewart scored Pittsburgh's first. touchdown after Baltimore botched a punt, and threw for another. Th« StMlars took sd- vanUga of the Raven*' ahoddy kicking game in the opener at Baltimore's new stadium. Matt Stover miaacd thro* field goals, two of them because of poor snaps. Backup long snapper Harper Le Bel Low lighted a miserable day by sending a ana-hopper to punter Kyle Richardson in the third quarter, and Richardson waa tackled for a 31-yard loaa. Giant*31,R*dmsrfn*24 All-Pro defensive end Michael Strahan scored on a 24-yard interception return aa New York's opportunistic defense scored or set up thre« third-quarter touchdowns over the error-prone visitors. The Giants defense had eight sacka and intercepted conaecutive passes by Frerotte. One of the sacks forced Frerotte out, but third- string quarterback Trent Green twice got Washington within seven points. Falcon* 19, Panthers 14 Kevin Green managed three sacks, but it did not deter the Falcons, who converted one interception and two Carolina punting miscue* into 12 points, dooming the Panthers to their fourth conaecutive home loss. Chris Chandler threw for 268 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Falcons win their road opener for the first time since 1986. Seahawks 38, Eagle* 0 Joey Galloway had a career-high 142 yards receiving and scored two touchdowna as Seattle handed Philadelphia its first shutout in a home opener since 1941. It waa the wont opening loaa in Eagles hiatory. Rookie Ahman Green rushed for 100 yards on »ix carries, all in the second half Cowboy* 38, Cardinal* 10 Troy Aikman ran for two touchdowns — more than he's had in any season — and passed for two more to snap host Dallas' 10- game losing streak that included fiv« 1998 exhibition games and the last five game* of 1997. Dolphin* 24, Colt* 15 Top overall draft pick Peyton Manning had an maujpiciou* debut, throwing three interceptions, with Terrell Buckley returning one 21 yard* for a score. He also was sacked four limes. Dan Marino had a 44-yard TD pass at Indian apolia. "When you play againut a guy lite Marino, you know your team ii going to have to score," Manning aaid. "You feel like every possession you have you need to get somrll.ing out of it." IF YOUR CAR IS AILING.. Bring It To Jerry's We do all major and minor motor repairs, Resurface Drums & Rotors Brakes. 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