Wednesday's Sports in Brief

The Associated Press Published:

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Peyton Manning's 14-year run with Indianapolis ended when the Colts released him and the only four-time MVP in NFL history now is turning his attention to finding a new team.

Manning and the Colts ended their successful partnership with a tearful goodbye, when team owner Jim Irsay released the star quarterback rather than pay a $28 million bonus while there are lingering questions about his health.

"We all know that nothing lasts forever," Manning said. "Times change, circumstances change, and that's the reality of playing in the NFL."

Arizona, Miami, Seattle, Tennessee, Washington and the New York Jets all have been rumored as possible destinations for the 35-year-old quarterback.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The NFL Players Association will do its own investigation of the New Orleans Saints' bounty system and asked the league to help set up interviews with the team's coaches and front-office staff.

In a statement, the union vowed to "vigorously protect the rights of all players."

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Miss America Laura Kaeppeler finally got to meet Aaron Rodgers.

The 24-year-old Kaeppeler sang the national anthem at Monday's Bucks game in Milwaukee and Rodgers surprised her during halftime in a guest suite at the Bradley Center.

The former Miss Wisconsin had given a shout out to the Packers and their quarterback during the nationally televised Miss America pageant in January.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Nearly a decade after Temple's moribund football program was pushed out of the Big East, the revitalized Owls are rejoining the conference -- and bringing along their potent men's basketball team.

The school will move to the Big East for football next season and all other sports in 2013.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- New Iowa assistant coach Brian Ferentz said that he accepted a job offer from his father, contradicting a claim by the athletics director that head coach Kirk Ferentz had stepped away from the hiring process to comply with the university's nepotism policy.

At a news conference with his father, the new assistant said the two "spoke a lot" as Kirk Ferentz was filling staff vacancies in the offseason. Brian Ferentz said he jumped at the chance to leave the New England Patriots to join his father's staff and it would be special working under him.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania judge says Jerry Sandusky will get the 581 pages of secret grand jury testimony before the start of his trial on child sexual abuse charges, but not as soon as he'd requested.

Judge Barry Feudale issued an order that said "the interests of justice" are served by providing the records earlier than required under state trial rules.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Penn State police say the "Paternoville" marker has been recovered, about a week after it was taken from outside the university's football stadium.

A university spokeswoman said that the sign was found in recent days, a suspect has been identified and charges are expected. Further details were not released.


Even the chairman of the tight-lipped NCAA selection committee can't deny this simple fact: Heading into this week's conference tournaments, there's Kentucky and Syracuse, and then everybody else.

In a teleconference to preview Sunday's release of the NCAA tournament pairings, committee chairman Jeff Hathaway all but handed two of the four top seeds to the Wildcats and Orange, each of whom entered their conference tournaments with a record of 30-1.

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Brittney Griner of Baylor, Skylar Diggins of Notre Dame and sisters Nnemkadi and Chiney Ogwumike of Stanford are among 15 finalists for the John R. Wooden Award given to college basketball's top female player.

The winner will be announced April 6 at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- Delvy Lewis, the starting guard for the Kansas team that lost to Texas Western in the 1966 NCAA tournament, died after a nine-year fight with cancer. He was 68.


NEW YORK (AP) -- The NBA fined Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Kidd $25,000 for criticizing the officiating in a game earlier this week.


SAO PAULO (AP) -- American architect Gil Hanse will design the 2016 Olympic golf course in Rio de Janeiro, winning the selection over Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman and Gary Player.

Hanse will team up with Hall of Fame player Amy Alcott to build the first Olympic golf course since the sport was dropped following the 1904 St. Louis Games. Organizers picked Hanse Golf Design over seven other finalists.


BOSTON (AP) -- The century-old home of the Boston Red Sox is being listed on the National Register of Historic Places to help ensure decades of new thrills.

The register listing means changes to Fenway are subject to review by the Massachusetts Historical Commission.

The Red Sox say they sought the designation and are pleased the ballpark "will be counted among America's most treasured historical places."

NEW YORK (AP) -- A woman charged with extorting $6,000 from New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman may testify next week before a grand jury weighing the case, her lawyer said as a judge declined to reduce the woman's $300,000 bond.

Louise Neathway denies allegations of threatening to damage Cashman's reputation to get him to pay her and held her head high during a brief Manhattan court appearance.


BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Lionel Messi became the first player to score five goals in a Champions League match, helping defending champion Barcelona crush Bayer Leverkusen 7-1 to advance to the quarterfinals with a 10-2 aggregate win.


Alex Morgan scored her first career hat trick and Abby Wambach added her 134th goal, leading the United States over Sweden 4-0 in the third-place match of the Algarve Cup in Portugal.

ZURICH (AP) -- World and European champion Spain remained at the top of FIFA's monthly world rankings, and the United States rose four places to No. 27 with a win over Italy for its highest place since June.

The Netherlands beat England 3-2 in an exhibition last week and retook the No. 2 spot from Germany, which lost 2-1 to France.

Uruguay is at No. 4, followed by 2014 World Cup host Brazil, which rose two places after beating Bosnia-Herzegovina 2-1.


RODEZ, France (AP) -- Belgian Gianni Meersman timed his attack perfectly to win the fourth stage of the Paris-Nice race, and Bradley Wiggins kept the overall lead despite Alejandro Valverde's late attack on the final climb.


Kikkan Randall added a World Cup crystal globe to her stash and carved out another slice of history for the U.S ski team, becoming the first American in 30 years to win a cross country championship by clinching the overall sprint title.

And she did it with room to spare. Randall's 11th-place finish at a race in Norway secured the championship with one race left this season.


WINTHROP, Mass. (AP) -- A Massachusetts man accused of aiming a laser pointer into the eyes of the opposing goalie at his daughter's high school hockey game is facing criminal charges.

Authorities announced Tuesday that 42-year-old Joseph Cordes will be summoned to East Boston District Court to face a charge of disturbing the peace.