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Thursday's roundup: Hall of Fame giving refunds

Associated Press

The Pro Football Hall of Fame said Thursday it will refund fans for tickets and hotel stays after canceling its annual exhibition game this month because of poor field conditions.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III throws in the first half. He threw two TD passes in his home debut with the Browns.

Fans will be reimbursed for the face value of its tickets, associated fees and one-night hotel accommodations, the hall said.

At least four fans have filed a lawsuit against the NFL and the hall over the canceled game, saying an initial offer to refund only ticket prices was too little.

Organizers called off the Aug. 7 game between Green Bay and Indianapolis after paint congealed and hardened on parts of the field at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton.

Hall president David Baker said canceling the game was the right thing to do because of player safety, but he said they regretted disappointing the fans.

“We take full responsibility for what occurred at the game,” he said in a statement.

The NFL and NFL Players Association said the field had been too dangerous for players.

In addition to the refunds, the hall also will offer affected fans four tickets to its museum, a souvenir yearbook and photo, and the first chance to buy tickets for future Hall of Fame games and enshrinement ceremonies.


Extra points

A representative for James Harrison says the Pittsburgh linebacker is willing to meet with the NFL to discuss an alleged link to performance-enhancing drugs, but only after an Aug. 25 deadline the league imposed while threatening him and three other players with indefinite suspensions.

Green Bay’s Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers, and free agent Mike Neal also were threatened with suspensions.

It was not known if a similar meeting was being proposed by the union.

... Colin Kaepernick threw dozens of passes on the side during the 49ers’ joint practice with the Broncos, signaling the quarterback’s return from a sore passing shoulder.

... Trevor Siemian will start at quarterback on Saturday night against the 49ers.

... Giants kicker Josh Brown confirmed an arrest on a domestic violence charge in May 2015 led to his one-game suspension by the NFL for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

... The NFL is investigating whether Bills linebacker Manny Lawson has violated the league’s personal conduct policy.

... Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. was kicked out of practice following a skirmish with Buccaneers guard Ali Marpet.

Thursday's exhibition games

(At) Green Bay 20, Oakland 12: Eddie Lacy’s powerful running early on helped propel the Packers. Lacy had nine carries for 45 yards, capped by a 1-yard touchdown dive on third-and-goal, to highlight a 14-play, 74-yard drive to start the game as the Packers again played without quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

(At) New England 23, Chicago 22: Jimmy Garoppolo, who is scheduled to play in the first four regular-season games as Tom Brady serves his "Deflategate" suspension, threaded a 16-yard touchdown pass in the back of the end zone to A.J. Derby late in the first half. He played the entire first half and one series in the second half, finishing 16 of 21 for 181 yards. Chicago's Jay Cutler played three series, completing 8 of 12 passes for 83 yards. Jeremy Langford (Michigan State) rushed eight times for 55 yards and a touchdown.

Minnesota 18, (at) Seattle 11: Marcus Sherels intercepted Trevone Boykin’s pass and returned it 53 yards for a touchdown with 1:23 left and the Vikings beat the Seahawks. With Boykin trying to lead Seattle to another late comeback for a second straight week, Sherels stepped in front of his pass intended for E.Z. Nwachukwu and went untouched for the deciding score. Seattle had pulled even at 11-11 when Troymaine Pope scored on a 4-yard touchdown run with 12:49 left after his 27-yard run got the Seahawks deep in Minnesota territory and Steven Hauschka’s 49-yard field goal later in the fourth quarter.

Philadelphia 17, (at) Pittsburgh 0: Nolan Carroll’s 38-yard interception return for a score was the lone touchdown of the first half, which was one of nine takeaways in six quarters by the Eagles' defense. Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, missed the game with fractured ribs, while wide receiver Jordan Matthews sat out with a knee injury. Sam Bradford led Philadelphia’s offense to a field goal late in the first half, giving the Eagles a 10-0 lead at the break. He finished 14 of 19 for 115 yards.

Atlanta 24, (at) Cleveland 13: Robert Griffin III threw two touchdown passes in the first half in his home debut for Cleveland. Griffin found wide receiver Terrelle Pryor streaking down the right sideline on Cleveland’s second drive of the game for a 50-yard scoring strike. Griffin connected with tight end Gary Barnridge for a 22-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. Griffin, who signed with the Browns (0-2) after being released by Washington, was 6 of 8 for 96 yards in four series. Devonta Freeman scored on a 19-yard run to cap Atlanta’s first drive. Matt Ryan played three series and completed 6 of 11 passes for 78 yards.