DENVER (AP) – Peyton Manning made a successful NFL return after being idled a year because of four neck surgeries, leading the Denver Broncos past the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-19 in his debut at Mile High last night. The four-time MVP completed 19 of 26 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns, giving him 401 career TD passes.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Robert Griffin III brought his Heisman Trophy swagger to New Orleans and made his NFL debut look like a Big Easy. Showing a veteran’s composure, the dynamic Redskins rookie quarterback tormented New Orleans’ defense with 320 yards passing and two touchdowns in their 40-32 victory over the Saints.
BALTIMORE (AP) -The New York Yankees regained sole possession of first place in the AL East by routing Baltimore 13-3. But the Yanks may have lost All-Star first baseman Mark Teixeira (teh-SHEHR’-uh), who aggravated a strained left calf Saturday night and could miss significant time.
NEW YORK (AP) -Serena Williams is a four-time U.S. Open champion and a 15-time Grand Slam champion. Two points from defeat, Williams suddenly regained her composure and her game, coming back to win the last four games and beat No. 1-ranked Victoria Azarenka (ah-zah-REN’-kuh) 6-2, 2-6, 7-5.
NEW YORK (AP)- Defending champion Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak YOH’-koh-vihch) got his game into high gear and reached his third consecutive final at the U.S. Open by beating fourth-seeded David Ferrer (feh-REHR’) of Spain 2-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 in a match suspended from Saturday. Djokovic plays Olympic champion Andy Murray for the men’s title today at Flushing Meadows (4 p.m. Eastern).