AP Sports Briefs: Porter off to spectacular start for Broncos
ENGLEWOOD – Peyton Manning wasn’t the only free agent who had a spectacular Denver debut. So did the man who denied him a second Super Bowl trophy and is now trying to help him hoist another.
Tracy Porter earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors Wednesday for breaking up five passes, collecting eight solo tackles and returning an interception for a touchdown that sealed the Broncos’ 31-19 win over Pittsburgh.
It was Porter’s NFL-leading third career game-sealing interception since 2009, including his 74-yard pick-six in the Super Bowl three years ago that sealed New Orleans’ 24-17 win over Indianapolis.
ENGLEWOOD – Demaryius Thomas sure has a knack for dashing into history.
Eight months after scoring the longest overtime touchdown in NFL playoff annals, the Denver Broncos’ big receiver burned the Pittsburgh Steelers again by hauling in Peyton Manning’s 400th touchdown toss.
In January, it was an 80-yard grab from Tim Tebow on a crossing pattern that secured Denver’s first playoff win in six seasons. On Sunday night, he weaved his way for a 71-yard score after hauling in a “smoke screen” that was designed to beat the blitz and gain about 10 yards.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Tim Tebow’s big debut with the New York Jets was a quiet one.
The backup quarterback saw limited action in the season opener last Sunday, but a sprinkling of Tebow and the wildcat package turned out to be more than enough against the Bills.
What his role will be at Pittsburgh on Sunday remains to be seen. Rex Ryan says the Jets will never put a number on how many plays Tebow will be on the field, adding that it will vary from week to week.
Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin says his team needs to prepare for more than what they saw Tebow do against Buffalo. The Steelers know Tebow can change a game at any moment, as he did last season in Denver’s overtime victory in the playoffs.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Adrian Peterson’s comeback from reconstructive surgery on his left knee is the latest example of what makes him Minnesota’s one-of-a-kind running back.
Peterson says he hopes his recovery inspires “a lot of people” to keep a positive attitude toward the injury. He says he believed if he remained committed to working hard in his rehabilitation program that “it would be OK.”
Peterson not only returned slightly ahead of the standard schedule, he turned in two touchdowns and 84 yards rushing for the Vikings in their season-opening win last Sunday.
NEW YORK – The NHL and the players’ association have resumed negotiations in an effort to avoid a lockout this weekend.
After not meeting face to face since last Friday, the sides gathered Wednesday at the league office before the NHLPA holds player meetings later Wednesday at a nearby midtown hotel.
The NHL board of governors will convene Thursday with Commissioner Gary Bettman, while the union holds a second day of discussions with as many as 250 players.
The hastily scheduled negotiating session for Wednesday came just hours after NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said owners and players were both to blame for their failure to reach a new collective bargaining agreement before the current deal expires on Saturday.
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