Manning throws two TD passes in his final tune-up for Broncos
That was the Peyton Manning the Denver Broncos and their fans have been waiting all summer to see. He was close to perfect in his final regular-season tune-up Sunday, throwing his first two touchdown passes of the pre-season in a 29-24 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. In less than a quarter of work, Manning completed 10 of 12 passes for 122 yards, including TD tosses of 10 and 5 yards to Eric Decker, and the only two misses were a dropped pass by Joel Dreessen and an errant throw to Brandon Stokley, who was held on the play but didn't draw the flag.
After managing one TD to go with four turnovers in his first seven possessions this pre-season, Manning drove the Broncos to scores on all three of his series, then put on his visor with 46 seconds left in the first quarter after staking Denver to a 17-0 lead.
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The Broncos finally showed more than just a glimpse of the offensive firepower they can have with the four-time MVP under center.
"I think it was nice just to start fast and finish off some drives and put some points on the board and play some good football," Stokley said. "I think that was more important than him throwing the first touchdown pass."
Alex Smith threw a 49-yard TD pass and David Akers (Tates Creek) kicked five field goals for the Niners.
Ex-Cat Peters to miss at least 6 games
The Atlanta Falcons placed starting defensive tackle Corey Peters on the reserve injured list. Peters missed all of training camp and pre-season with a left foot injury. The earliest Peters can return is Oct. 28 at Philadelphia. He must sit out the first six games.
Peters, a third-round pick from Kentucky in 2010, started 30 of his 31 games over the past two years. Peria Jerry is starting at nose tackle to replace Peters, who has 73 tackles, four sacks, one interception, one fumble recovery and three passes defensed in his career.
■ Rookie Russell Wilson earned the Seattle Seahawks' starting quarterback job. Coach Pete Carroll announced that the third-round pick from Wisconsin will start when the regular season begins Sept. 9 at Arizona. "He's earned this job," Carroll said. "It was a legitimate competition as we said from the beginning and with the opportunity he's taken advantage of he deserves to start."
Matt Flynn, the Seahawks' big off-season, free-agent acquisition, will serve as Wilson's backup. Also, the Buffalo Bills are negotiating to restructure the final year of Tarvaris Jackson's contract before completing a trade with the Seahawks to acquire the seventh-year quarterback. Carroll confirmed the deal had been agreed to by both teams Sunday, but added that the trade wasn't completed.
■ Terrell Owens' NFL return lasted less than three weeks. He was released by the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, part of the league-mandated roster reductions from 90 to 75 players. Owens finished the pre-season with two receptions in two games.
■ The Indianapolis Colts might have plugged their biggest hole on defense by trading two undisclosed draft picks to Miami for cornerback Vontae Davis. Indy had been seeking a second cornerback to start opposite veteran Jerraud Powers.
■ The Kansas City Chiefs released linebacker Dexter Heyman (University of Louisville, Male High School).
15-year-old Ko wins LPGA event
Lydia Ko won the Canadian Women's Open on Sunday to become the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history and only the fifth amateur champion. The 15-year-old South Korean-born New Zealander closed with a 5-under 67 for a three-stroke victory in British Columbia. She broke the age record of 16 set by Lexi Thompson last September in the Navistar LPGA Classic in Alabama, and is the first amateur winner since JoAnne Carner in the 1969 Burdine's Invitational.
"To break another record, or being in the history, it's amazing, and it's always awesome to be able to play with the pros," Ko said.
Ko also won the U.S. Women's Amateur two weeks ago in Cleveland. She plans to remain an amateur and go to college in the United States, possibly at Stanford.
■ Paul Lawrie marked the official confirmation of his return to the European Ryder Cup team after 13 years with a resounding four-shot victory in the Johnnie Walker Championship in Gleneagles, Scotland. The 43-year-old Lawrie, who started the final round leading by a stroke, shot a final-round 68. Brett Rumford was second for his best finish in two years.
Martin Kaymer clinched the 10th and final automatic place on Europe's team to defend the Ryder Cup against the United States. Europe captain Jose Maria Olazabal will announce his two wild-card picks on Monday.
Rory McIlroy heads the qualifying list, followed by Justin Rose, Graeme McDowell, Lawrie, Francesco Molinari, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia, Peter Hanson and Kaymer. The Ryder Cup is Sept. 28-30 at the Medinah Country Club in Chicago.
■ Jay Don Blake won the Boeing Classic in Snoqualmie, Wash., for his third Champions Tour title, beating Mark O'Meara with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff.
Track and field
Jeter wins 100; Gay second in 200
American Carmelita Jeter beat London 2012 gold medalist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica in the women's 100-meter finals in a time of 10.81 seconds at the Aviva Grand Prix Diamond League meet on Sunday in Birmingham, England. Fraser-Pryce was 0.09 behind Jeter, the silver medalist at the London Games, with Alexandria Anderson of the United States third, 0.41 behind.
Olympic champion Aries Merritt of the U.S. ran the 110-meter hurdles in 12.95 seconds on his way to victory, while Lexington native Tyson Gay finished second in the 200 meters to Nickel Ashmeade of Jamaica. Gay ran in 20.21 seconds, 0.09 seconds behind Ashmeade. Americans Wallace Spearmon and Ryan Bailey were third and fifth, respectively.
RiverDogs hand Legends 11th loss in row
Dante Bichette Jr. singled home the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning and the Charleston RiverDogs defeated the Lexington Legends 5-4 on Sunday at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. The loss was Lexington's 11th straight. Teoscar Hernandez, who joined the team Saturday after being promoted from the Gulf Coast League, homered in his first at-bat with the Legends.
■ Noriatsu Osaka hit three homers and tripled, and Japan limited Tennessee's potent lineup to two hits in a 12-2 victory Sunday in the Little League World Series title game. Starter Kotaro Kiyomiya struck out eight in four innings and added an RBI single for the boys from Tokyo. The game ended in the fifth after Osaka's third homer made it a 10-run game. A day after pounding out a 24-16 win over California in the U.S. title game, the Goodlettsville, Tenn., sluggers could only muster two hits — solo homers by Brock Myers and Lorenzo Butler.
UK men's soccer
Cats start season with 4-3 loss at Dayton
Dayton senior Daniel Berko had a hat trick to lift the host Flyers to a 4-3 win over the Kentucky men's soccer in the squad's season opener on Sunday. Matt Lodge, Charley Pettys and Tyler Riggs scored goals for Kentucky.
The last word
With three fumbles in five quarters during the exhibition season, Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden's inability to hold onto the football while under duress has become an unexpected issue for the team. Weeden said he knows that it's time for him to clamp down on the ball:
"You just have to have a death grip on it. That's all there is to it."