The premier of Manitoba says there’s a “lot of disappointment” from the Packers-Raiders exhibition game that was played on an 80-yard field in Winnipeg because of safety concerns.
Brian Pallister acknowledged during a campaign stop Friday that it “didn’t work out the way they wanted.” But he added that “organizers tried to do something that hadn’t been done before, so let’s give them respect and credit for trying.”
The game Thursday night was played on a shortened field because of the turf in the end zones. The league also eliminated kickoffs. The Raiders defeated Green Bay 22-21 on a field goal by Daniel Carlson with eight seconds left.
Attendance was 21,992 at 33,000-seat IG Field. Canadian-based On Ice Entertainment Ltd. was the promoter. This was the first NFL game in Canada since the Buffalo Bills completed a series of games in Toronto in 2013.
Newton might play in opener: Panthers general manager Marty Hurney is “cautiously optimistic” Cam Newton will be ready for the Sept. 8 regular season opener against the Los Angeles Rams after the quarterback suffered a left mid-foot sprain in a preseason game.
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Newton injured his foot in Carolina’s 10-3 loss Thursday at New England on a sack. He left the stadium in a walking boot and didn’t address the media before boarding the team bus. He was playing in his first game since Dec. 17.
Newton struggled through shoulder issues last season, which limited his ability to throw downfield as the year progressed. By the end of the season Newton could barely throw more than 20 yards and the team would sub him out on Hail Mary passes. He missed the final two games of the season and underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder in January.
Brady is not “terrific”: It’s settled: Tom Seaver is “Tom Terrific,” not Tom Brady.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rejected Brady’s application to take control of the nickname Thursday, ruling that it “points uniquely and unmistakably to Tom Seaver.”
It adds that giving Brady a trademark for “Tom Terrific” might lead people to conclude the Hall of Fame pitcher, rather than the New England Patriots quarterback, endorses any products.
Brady has said he doesn’t even like the nickname and was just trying to trademark it to keep others from using it without his permission. But Seaver fans accused Brady of trying to appropriate the identity. Brady will have to make do with the nicknames TB12 and, of course, G.O.A.T. — or “Greatest of All Time.”
Friday’s preseason games: Matthew Stafford threw a go-ahead touchdown pass in his first preseason game of the year and the Bills came back to beat the host Detroit Lions 24-20.
However, key players on both teams were hurt. Detroit linebacker Jarrad Davis was carted off the field early in the first quarter with an injured right leg and center Frank Ragnow had to be helped off the field after appearing to hurt his right knee. Bills guard Quinton Spain limped off the field with an ankle injury in the first quarter and cornerback Tre’Davious White left the game with a bruised quadriceps in the second quarter.
Lions kicker Matt Prater made a 61-yard field goal as the second quarter ended to narrow the Bills’ lead to 14-13 at the half.
• Matt Gay kicked a 21-yard field goal with 15 seconds remaining, giving the host Tampa Bay Buccaneers a 13-12 victory over the Cleveland Browns. Rookie Austin Seibert kicked four field goals for the Browns (2-1), who led 9-0 when Baker Mayfield and the rest of Cleveland’s starters left the game.
Briefly: Tennessee Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan lost his appeal and will be suspended for the first four games of the season for using a performance-enhancing substance. Lewan said he did not knowingly ingest a banned substance, ostarine, which he blamed on a bad batch of a nutritional supplement. . … Seattle Seahawks wide receiver David Moore will miss the start of the regular season after suffering a shoulder injury in practice.
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