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SANDERS’ TOUR-DE-NFL STOP HIGHLIGHTS DOLPHINS’ GAME

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The Miami Dolphins brought Deion Sanders to town Saturday to convince him they're his ticket to the Super Bowl.

But the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who aren't on the free agent cornerback's wish list, spoiled the Dolphins party with a 29-14 preseason victory marred by numerous penalties and fights.The Buccaneers, mocked for their losing ways by Sanders at an afternoon press conference, got a 17-for-24 performance from quarterback Craig Erickson, who threw for 181 yards and a touchdown. Bucs kicker Michael Husted hit a 34-yard field goal in the first quarter and a 44-yarder in the second to give the Bucs a 12-7 halftime lead.

The Dolphins took a 14-12 lead at the end of the third quarter, aided by Terry Kirby's hard running and Aaron Craver's 3-yard scoring dive before the game slipped away in the fourth quarter.

The Bucs put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter when reserve quarterback Casey Weldon threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Tyree Davis and cornerback Milton Mack returned a James Saxon fumble 17 yards for a touchdown.

The first half was marred by penalties and altercations that were excessive even for the preseason. The Dolphins had nine penalties for 79 yards and six altercations broke out by the middle of the second quarter.

Feisty linebacker Bryan Cox led the Dolphins street fight with two long penalties for his aggressive style. He left the field for several minutes early in the second half after he thought he had been thrown out.

But Cox came back from the locker room after officials cleared up the confusion.

Sanders stole most of the attention at Dolphins camp on Saturday, holding a news conference early and then drawing cheers as he and rap star Hammer made a cameo appearance on the field just before and then during the game. The former Atlanta Falcons cornerback hasn't said where he will play.

The Dolphins let quarterback Dan Marino play until midway through the third quarter. Marino hit Irving Fryar with a 37-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter but wasn't sharp, completing only 9 of 19 passes for 127 yards.

Dolphins cornerback Troy Vincent played for the first time since he was hurt late last season. Fellow cornerback J.B. Brown, who might get bumped from the lineup if Sanders comes to Miami, returned an interception 34 yards in the second quarter.

The Bucs improved to 2-1 for the preseason while the Dolphins dropped to 3-1.

Colts 17, Steelers 14

At Pittsburgh, Don Majkowski's 64-yard completion to Aaron Bailey set up Dean Biasucci's 34-yard field goal with 2:04 remaining as the Indianapolis Colts beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in an exhibition game.

Majkowski, expected to play only the second half, was on the field for most of three quarters and all 17 Indianapolis points as the Colts (3-0) remained unbeaten in the exhibition season. Pittsburgh, playing mostly subs and rookies in the second half, fell to 1-2.

Majkowski clearly outplayed designated Colts starter Jim Harbaugh, throwing a 28-yard touchdown pass to Kerry Cash before setting up Lamont Warren's game-tying 4-yard scoring run early in the third period with a 31-yard completion to Bailey.

Neil O'Donnell played his best half so far, running for one touchdown and passing for another as the Steelers took a 14-7 halftime lead. O'Donnell was 16-for-25 for 159 yards, throwing for one touchdown and running for another.

The Steelers didn't score in the second half as backup Mike Tomczak was only 7-for-19 for 65 yards.

Eagles 17, Bengals 7

At Philadelphia, Randall Cunningham threw his first two touchdown passes of the preseason and the Philadelphia Eagles defense got five sacks in beating the Cincinnati Bengals.

Cunningham, who completed 14 of 24 passes for 111 yards, also threw an interception that the Bengals' Leonard Wheeler returned 42 yards for Cincinnati's lone score.

David Klingler, who played into the fourth quarter, spent most of his time dodging a determined Eagles pass rush. He was sacked three times and finished 11-for-22 for 135 yards.

The Eagles' three new defensive linemen - William Fuller, Greg Townsend and Burt Grossman - did most of the damage. Grossman got two sacks, Fuller and Townsend one each.

Eagles wide receiver Fred Barnett, a Pro Bowl player two years ago who missed the final 12 games last season with a knee injury, made his preseason debut and caught two passes for 17 yards.

Seahawks 30, Vikings 19

At Seattle, Dan McGwire passed for two touchdowns in the second half as the Seattle Seahawks spoiled Warren Moon's return to Husky Stadium with an exhibition victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

The Seahawks had to play their second straight exhibition game on the University of Washington campus because the Kingdome has been closed since July 19 due to ceiling problems. Seattle's regular-season home opener against San Diego on Sept. 18 also may have to be moved to Husky Stadium.

Replacing Rick Mirer in the third quarter with Seattle ahead 10-3, McGwire passed 14 yards to Terrence Warren for a touchdown. Then the 6-foot-8 McGwire, the tallest quarterback in NFL history, combined with third-string fullback Mack Strong on a 70-yard pass-run for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

With McGwire at quarterback, the Seahawks also scored on a 27-yard touchdown run by rookie Lamar Smith in the third quarter.

Jets 13, Giants 10

At East Rutherford, N.J., Stevie Anderson sparked the New York Jets with an 80-yard touchdown and four other receptions in a victory over the local rival Giants.

Anderson, a practice squad player for the Jets last season, lifted the team out of a 10-3 hole with his long touchdown. He made two more catches on the game-winning drive, with Nick Lowery making a 38-yard field goal with 16 seconds to go.

Anderson finished with five catches for 117 yards, all from Jack Trudeau, the Jets' backup quarterback who was 9-for-10 for 154 yards.

The Jets (2-1) trailed most of the game because Boomer Esiason struggled at quarterback following a sharp opening possession.

After the Jets marched 74 yards in 13 plays on their first series, Lowery kicked a 23-yard field goal. The drive included the first catch as a Jet by Art Monk, the NFL's career reception leader who was signed away from Washington as a free agent.

Bills 18, Oilers 16

At San Antonio, Steve Christie kicked a 48-yard field goal with eight seconds left to give the Bills a victory in yet another wild finish.

Rick Strom, the fourth quarterback Buffalo used, led the Bills on a 57-yard drive to Houston's 30-yard line. On third down, Christie came in and nailed his fourth field goal of the game to thwart a comeback by the Oilers.

Houston overcame a 15-3 second-quarter deficit and went ahead 16-15 with 8:51 to play on Al Del Greco's third field goal of the night.

His 45-yarder followed earlier kicks of 18 and 41 yards, giving him 10 straight this preseason.

The Bills (2-1) snapped a five-game exhibition losing streak to the Oilers dating to 1966. Buffalo has dominated meaningful meetings, embarrassing Houston 41-38 in the 1992 playoffs and 35-7 last regular season.

Buffalo jumped to a 15-3 lead early in the second quarter on Christie's field goals of 35, 21, and 42 yards.