Sports briefs: Sept. 13

September 13, 2013 

Jets Patriots Football

Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson struggled unsucessfully to pull in a pass from Tom Brady during the second quarter of Thursday night's game against the New York Jets. The game did not end in time for a story in this edition.

ELISE AMENDOLA — AP

College football

12THMAN license plate sells for $115,000

A Texas A&M "12THMAN" specialty auto license plate was awarded to a prominent Houston attorney for a winning bid of $115,000, officials announced Thursday.

Bids stalled at $42,000 shortly before noon Thursday, but a bidding war ensued that shot the price upward by the noon deadline, said Kim Miller Drummond, a spokeswoman for Austin-based My Plates, custom license plate contractor for the state of Texas.

The top bidder was Tony Buzbee, who has represented plaintiffs in a number of high-profile cases. He is currently the lead attorney for four people suing oil and gas giant BP over a 2010 leak at a refinery southeast of Houston. The trial in that $10 billion lawsuit began Wednesday.

Buzbee said the plate will be given to an Iraq war veteran he knows, a man he described as "a fellow Aggie and fellow Marine."

My Plates auctioned off 10-year rights to the plate, which are renewable for another 10 years for $795.

 West Virginia linebacker d'Vante Henry has been dismissed from the team after his arrest on a second-degree sexual assault charge. The 21-year-old Henry was arrested Wednesday. A criminal complaint says a woman told deputies she had been sexually assaulted at an apartment Sunday.

 Alcorn State coach Jay Hopson said former Vanderbilt player Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie is playing football for the Braves because he believes the freshman is "100 percent innocent" of the rape charges he faces in Nashville, Tenn. McKenzie, 19, and three other former Vanderbilt players are charged with raping an unconscious Vanderbilt student at a campus dormitory in June. The four were dismissed from the university June 29.


NFL

Broncos legend Tripucka dies

Frank Tripucka, who quarterbacked the Denver Broncos in their inaugural season and later wanted his No. 18 unretired so Peyton Manning could wear it, died Thursday. He was 85. The Broncos said Tripucka died in Woodland Park, N.J. He had Alzheimer's disease.

A former standout at Notre Dame, Tripucka played for the Detroit Lions, Chicago Cardinals and Dallas Texans. He was brought in as a coach before the 1960 season, but it became obvious he was Denver's best option at QB. Tripucka threw for 3,038 yards and 24 touchdowns that season. He also tossed the first touchdown pass in American Football League history.

His number was one of three retired by the Broncos, but Tripucka gladly gave Manning permission to wear it when he joined the team in 2012.

"He is proudly remembered as one of professional football's first great drop-back quarterbacks," the Broncos said in a statement. "Frank will always hold a very special place in Broncos history for what he meant to this organization and community."


Golf

Snedeker shines at BMW Championship

Brandt Snedeker was making so many birdies that even an 18-foot putt looked like a mere tap-in. When he finished his amazing run Thursday in the BMW Championship, he had seven straight birdies on his card and an 8-under 63 at blustery Conway Farms.

"You get on runs like that, you get excited for the next hole because you know something good is going to happen, because you're in such a good frame of mind and everything is going in the right direction," Snedeker said.

In this case, everything was going in — a 15-foot putt from the fringe on the 13th, another 15-footer on the next hole when he used the blade of his sand wedge to bump the ball out of the short rough, and a 40-footer from the fringe on the 17th stood out to him.

That gave him a one-shot lead over Zach Johnson in the third FedEx Cup playoff event. Tiger Woods sounded disgusted with his round of 66, mainly because he had a pair of three-putt bogeys and missed a 4-foot birdie putt over his last five holes.

 Nearly two decades after winning this tournament for the first time, Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain shot a 6-under 64 Thursday for the first-round lead at the KLM Open. Jimenez, the 1994 champion, had two bogeys and eight birdies.

Jim Herman shot a 7-under 64 on Thursday and built a two-shot lead over Sean O'Hair and Danny Lee among those who finished the rain-delayed opening round of the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship on the Web.com Tour.


Soccer

U.S. team scales FIFA rankings

The United States climbed to 13th in the FIFA rankings, its highest position since July 2010.

The Americans rose six places in the September rankings announced Thursday, which include Tuesday's 2-0 win over Mexico that clinched the seventh straight World Cup berth for the U.S. The Americans had dropped to as low as 36th in July and August in 2012.

World and European champion Spain remained first for the 25th consecutive month.


Cycling

Armstrong returns Olympic medal

Lance Armstrong has returned his Olympic bronze cycling medal, the latest fallout from his confession to using performance-enhancing drugs.

Armstrong won the medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. The International Olympic Committee in January vacated the medal Armstrong won in the road time trial. Armstrong tweeted Thursday that he gave it back and a U.S. Olympic Committee spokesman released a statement confirming its return.

Armstrong's tweet included a photo of the medal and its blue ribbon along with the message: "The 2000 Bronze is back in possession of @usolympics and will be in Switzerland asap."

The IOC has said it will not reallocate Armstrong's bronze medal, just as cycling's ruling body decided not to declare any winners for the Tour titles once held by the American.


The last word

Ohio State wide receiver Corey Brown says his teammate Kenny Guiton is a world-class trash-talker. Asked what Guiton says to the defense, Brown pleaded the Fifth because they are phrases not used in church.

"I can't say the words verbatim. It's rated R."

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