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© St. Petersburg Times, published August 25, 2000


Colts finish a happy bunch

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Colts got what they wanted -- a victory in their final preseason game and one last look at a lot of the reserves hoping to survive the final cut.

One of those reserves, rookie Jamel White, rushed for one touchdown and returned a kickoff 96 yards for another, and Danny Kight kicked a 43-yard field goal as the game ended to give the Colts a 32-30 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night.

Minnesota took the lead with just over a minute to go on a 4-yard pass from backup Bubby Brister to Matthew Hatchette. But a 48-yard kickoff return by rookie Payton Williams and a roughing-the-passer penalty on the Vikings' Lemanski Hall took Indianapolis to the Minnesota 28.

Jim Finn ran 2 yards, and three plays later Kight kicked the winning field goal.

Said Colts coach Jim Mora: "What impressed me most was we took most of our starters out early and they played most of their starters well into the third quarter. Our backups held up against their starters."

BILLS 16, EAGLES 12: Coach Wade Phillips sat quarterback Rob Johnson rather than risk an injury on the artificial turf at Veterans Stadium. Alex Van Pelt, Johnson's replacement, was 15 of 28 for 163 yards, and rookie Sammy Morris ran for 101 yards and one touchdown.

The Bills' Steve Christie was helped off the field after getting hit on a 33-yard field goal with 27 seconds left. Phillips said Christie should be ready for the season opener.

FALCONS 31, JAGUARS 20: Chris Chandler connected with Terance Mathis on a 37-yard scoring play as the visiting Falcons closed their preseason with a victory and a confidence boost for their hurting defense.

Jamal Anderson, the Falcons running back coming back from last season's knee injury, rushed for 18 yards on seven carries.

Mark Brunell of Jacksonville completed all five of his passes for 111 yards. But he took a beating behind a line that struggled, even when Tony Boselli, recovering from a knee injury, was in for his first 10 snaps of the preseason.

Tony Brackens, expected to sign a six-year contract today, returned to the defense and had four tackles in 10 plays.

PATRIOTS 29, PANTHERS 21: In an experimental role as a short-yardage quarterback, Michael Bishop relieved Drew Bledsoe and ran for a touchdown for host New England. Cornerback Otis Smith intercepted a pass to set up another touchdown and added a sack one day after he was signed by the Patriots.

RAIDERS 20, SEAHAWKS 0: Andre Rison, who signed with host Oakland this week, caught two passes for 49 yards. Quarterback Bobby Hoying hit Jeremy Brigham with a 10-yard scoring pass in the second quarter and added a 2-yard scoring pass to Mondriel Fulcher. Top draft pick Sebastian Janikowski had field goals of 43 and 33 yards.

RAMS 24, COWBOYS 17: Trent Green threw touchdowns of 15 and 48 yards and Keith Lyle returned a fumble 42 yards for another touchdown for visiting St. Louis. The Cowboys are 1-14 in their last 15 preseason games. This was Dallas' second winless preseason in the past three years after two in its first 38.

LANE CASE: The widow of running back Fred Lane, charged with shooting him to death, failed to win release from jail after insisting she needs to care for her two young children.

Mecklenburg County (N.C.) Superior Court Judge Richard Boner refused to hold a second bond hearing Thursday as requested by Deidra Lane's attorney.

Boner scheduled a hearing in Charlotte for this afternoon.

Lane, 25, is charged with murder in the July 6 shooting death of her husband, a running back who had been traded from the Carolina Panthers to the Indianapolis Colts in April.

XFL: The eight names, logos and team colors were announced for the league being started by Vince McMahon of the World Wrestling Federation. It'll be the New York-New Jersey Hitmen, the Chicago Enforcers, the San Jose Demons, the Memphis Maniax, the Orlando Rage, the Birmingham Thunderbolts, the Los Angeles Xtreme and the Las Vegas Outlaws. The XFL debuts Feb. 3.

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