Thursday's Sports in Brief

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AVENTURA, Fla. (AP) -- If Peyton Manning wants to talk about playing quarterback for the Miami Dolphins, Dan Marino would be thrilled to take his call.

And just in case, Marino has his sales pitch ready.

"There's great tradition there. We've had a couple off years but believe me, they'll be back," said Marino, the Hall of Famer who threw for 420 touchdowns and more than 61,000 yards in his Dolphins career. "It's a great franchise and they'll get it turned around."

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Retired NFL safety Coy Wire says he was part of a small group of Buffalo Bills players who pooled money on a weekly basis and rewarded themselves for hurting opponents during his rookie season in 2002.

Though the Bills were at that time coached by Gregg Williams, Wire insists the "pay-for-play pool" was solely player-driven.

Wire spoke in the wake of an NFL investigation that last week revealed Williams ran a bounty pool of up to $50,000 during his three seasons as the New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator.


Eli Manning restructured his contract with the New York Giants to give the Super Bowl champions more cap room, a person familiar with the decision said.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the team has not officially announced the quarterback's deal.


AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Federal authorities are investigating suspended Auburn point guard Varez Ward for alleged point shaving involving in at least two games this season, Yahoo Sports reported.

The report cited anonymous sources and said the FBI began an investigation in late February centering on losses to Alabama on Feb. 7 and Arkansas on Jan. 25.

NCAA officials say they are "very concerned" by the allegations and have been in contact with the school and federal investigators since the issue arose last month.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Gov. Tom Corbett wishes that former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno had done more after telling university officials about child molestation accusations against one of his assistant coaches.

Corbett also said in an interview with WPVI-TV in Philadelphia that he and his fellow Penn State trustees were right to fire Paterno last fall even though the legendary coach met his legal obligation to report the allegation against Jerry Sandusky.


A group of professors seeking reform in college sports wants to explore the possibility of an antitrust exemption, which could allow the NCAA to better regulate spending on coaches' salaries and other costs.

The Coalition On Intercollegiate Athletics met in January, and this week released five policy recommendations made by its steering committee.

All the proposals dealt with finding ways to rein in what many on the committee view as the runaway costs of college sports and the outsized influence sports have on campuses.


DORAL, Fla. (AP) -- Adam Scott tamed a fierce and relentless wind on the TPC Blue Monster at Doral to post a 6-under 66 that gave him a share of the lead with Jason Dufner in the Cadillac Championship.

It was a battle all day for Rory McIlroy in his first event as No. 1 in the world. He twice flirted with the water, had a three-putt bogey and wound up with a 73.

Tiger Woods wasn't much better. He began his round with a tap-in eagle on the par-5 first hole, but had a tough time figuring out the wind and finished with a 72.

RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Matt Jones and George McNeill topped the leaderboard at 6-under 66 in strong wind in the PGA Tour's Puerto Rico Open.

Ben Curtis was a stroke back, and Jeff Overton, Todd Hamilton, Kevin Kisner and Daniel Summerhays followed at 68.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Jonathan Papelbon endeared himself to Phillies fans without throwing a meaningful pitch.

The former Boston Red Sox closer had high praise for Philadelphia fans, even though he's only been with the team a few months.

"The difference between Boston and Philadelphia, the Boston fans are a little bit more hysterical when it comes to the game of baseball," Papelbon said in a radio interview with Philadelphia's 94-WIP. "The Philly fans tend to know the game a little better, being in the National League, you know, the way the game is played. I've had a guy take of his prosthetic leg and throw it in the bullpen in Boston."


ISTANBUL (AP) -- Jesse Owens was posthumously made an inaugural member of the IAAF Hall of Fame more than 75 years after he won four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics and showed up Adolph Hitler's idea of Aryan supremacy.

Owens, Carl Lewis, Jackie Joyner-Kersee and nine others were the first athletes to be honored by the IAAF in the newly created Hall of Fame established to help mark the organization's 100th anniversary on July 17.

Abebe Bikila, Paavo Nurmi, Emil Zatopek, Al Oerter, Adhemar da Silva, Ed Moses, Fanny Blankers-Koen, Betty Cuthbert and Wang Junxia round out the inaugural class.

LONDON (AP) -- A silver cup awarded to Greek runner Spyros Louis after he won the first Olympic marathon in 1896 will be sold at a London auction three months before the Summer Games.

Louis was presented with the cup, a silver medal, an antique vase, an olive branch and a diploma by Greece's King George I for his Athens victory in the 25-mile race -- slightly shorter than the modern marathon.

Auction house Christie's says the engraved 6-inch cup had been in Louis' family for 116 years but will be sold by his grandson April 18.


VERSAILLES, Ky. (AP) -- Zenyatta, the former Horse of the Year who won 19 of 20 races during her stellar career, gave birth for the first time.

A post on her website says Zenyatta had a dark bay colt shortly after 7 p.m. EST at Lane End's Farm in Versailles, Ky., where she lives. The yet unnamed colt weighed 130 pounds and has a white star on his forehead and some white on his feet, the website says.

A photo posted on the site shows Zenyatta and her offspring lying on bedding in her stall.


MENDE, France (AP) -- Lieuwe Westra attacked late in the final climb of the day to win the fifth stage of the Paris-Nice race, while Bradley Wiggins extended his overall lead to 10 seconds over Levi Leipheimer.

INDICATORE, Italy (AP) -- World champion Mark Cavendish won the second stage of the weeklong Tirreno-Adriatico race in a sprint finish, while Australian Matthew Goss retained the overall lead.


INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) -- Robby Ginepri advanced to the second round of the BNP Paribas Open by beating Paoli Lorenzi of Italy 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Ginepri was joined later by Sam Querrey, a 7-6 (1), 6-4 winner over fellow American Tim Smyczek. And Ryan Harrison showed why he is considered one of America's rising stars. The 19-year-old from Bradenton, Fla., needed just 58 minutes to rout Flavio Cipolla of Italy 6-1, 6-2.

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) -- Three-time French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame.