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NFL: Manning eager to get started all over again


07:23 AM ET 04.17 | Peyton Manning was back in Denver Wednesday, and, after a trip to Oklahoma, will return in time to get back to work with the Broncos on Monday. Manning already has worked with new receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who will account for another $6 million this season, along with returning targets Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas, Wes Welker and Andre Caldwell, as part of his private workouts last week at Duke University. The new talent comes at the expense of departing standouts. ... "We lost many players and some great friends," Manning said. "That's the worst part about football. When you form some friendships with these guys and really put a lot of hard work in -- the business side comes into play. We added some great players. I'm excited about working with them starting on Monday."

The Denver Post

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NCAAF: Transfer intrigue follows Browne at USC


07:38 AM ET 04.17 | It was nearly 100 percent likely that USC coach Steve Sarkisian would name Cody Kessler his starting quarterback -- but Sarkisian made it official earlier this week. Max Browne suddenly became the hotter topic in wake of the decision, especially because fellow quarterback Max Wittek already decided to transfer before spring practice and some will assume Browne leaves eventually. "I'm staying put," Browne said. "I'm here for good." That obviously could change. Browne said he wants to obtain his degree from USC, which would also allow him to transfer without sitting out if he chose to leave. In the meantime, he will be the backup unless there is an injury. "He always can (win the position in the fall)," Sarkisian said. "Every position can. That's the beauty of a place like USC."

Los Angeles Daily News

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MLB: Shakeup looms for White Sox


07:32 AM ET 04.17 | Fifteen walks, the number Chicago issued the Red Sox, isn't going to look very good on a staff's resume -- no matter how long a game lasts. Another gem, according to the Elias Sports Bureau: The Red Sox became the first team since at least 1920 to reach base at least 23 or more times in a game with six or fewer hits. ... So when the relievers gather in the bullpen for Thursday's game against the Red Sox, [Matt Lindstrom] said it will be time for a heart-to-heart. ... "Who will be on hand for that meeting remains to be seen. After a hard work day, the White Sox could end up recalling a pitcher from the minor leagues. That would also mean somebody would be on their way out. "I have full confidence in those guys," said starter John Danks, who walked four batters of his own.

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NBA: Woodson wants a quick answer


07:27 AM ET 04.17 | Mike Woodson has one year left on his deal -- from there, not a whole lot is known about his future. [Woodson] said he still hopes to talk to Phil Jackson about remaining as head coach next season, but wouldn't say if he will help the Knicks team president conduct exit meetings Thursday and Friday with the players. Woodson said he'd like to find out his status "soon" and he likely will in the next 48 hours. Woodson is not expected to be retained to finish the final year of his contract. ... Despite guiding the Knicks to a 37-45 record this season, Woodson showed his swashbuckling side when he said, before Wednesday's game, he still thinks he's "the only guy" for this job. "If they bring me back, I'm going to make [darn] sure this doesn't happen again," Woodson said.

New York Post

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NHL: Leonsis leaves coach, GM twisting


07:45 AM ET 04.17 | And, so, George McPhee and Adam Oates wait. If [Ted Leonsis] is going to jettison McPhee and Oates -- or just McPhee, as seems possible -- he should have done it Monday. It isn't as if he hasn't had plenty of time to look at his dysfunctional team this season and make decisions about who should -- or should not -- lead it into the future. Instead, Leonsis met with McPhee on Monday, slapped a gag order on him, refused to speak to anyone in the media himself and said he might take up to two weeks to decide what to do. Talk about leaving people twisting in the wind. The Caps haven't won the Stanley Cup, but McPhee built a team that has sold out virtually every game at Verizon Center the past five seasons. He has earned the right to not be left wondering what his future holds.

The Washington Post

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MMA: UFC 171 weigh-ins set for March 14


01:57 PM ET 03.06 | UFC 171 will take place on March 15 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, and the weigh-ins have officially been set. With a Dallas Stars game taking place in the arena that will host Saturday's fight card, weigh-ins will be held at The Gilley's Jack Daniel's Saloon. Doors open to the public at 3 p.m. CT, and the first fighter will weigh in at 4 p.m. CT. Prior to the official weigh-ins, UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis will host a fan Q&A with UFC Fight Club members. Doors for the Q&A will open at 1 p.m. CT local time, with Pettis taking questions beginning at 2 p.m. CT.

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Golf: Tiger Woods might make rare Texas start


07:23 AM ET 03.18 | ...if Tiger Woods doesn't regain his once-customary form this week at Arnie's Place, where he's won only eight times, I suspect he might play in the Shell Houston Open -- the week before the Masters. The last time Woods played in Texas was 2005. It's the last time Woods won the Masters, but the Lone Star State has nothing to do with it. The man needs another start, and besides, the long-prescribed, pre-major routine hasn't exactly shortened his climb up Mount Nicklaus in recent years.

Golf Channel

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Auto Racing: NASCAR planning to reduce Cup horsepower


10:55 AM ET 03.23 | NASCAR is planning on making significant engine package changes in 2015 to extend the life of Sprint Cup powerplants and reduce horsepower. And along with engine changes, there likely will be aerodynamic and tire changes for the Cup cars in 2015 as well. That's the word from NASCAR Vice President of Competition and Racing Development Robin Pemberton. In an exclusive interview with Saturday morning at Auto Club Speedway, Pemberton said the sanctioning body has had four meetings so far with representatives from Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota and race teams about how to implement those changes. No consensus has been reached yet, according to Pemberton, but discussions are ongoing in advance of making the changes for next year. Although Pemberton declined to specify how many horsepower NASCAR is looking to cut, sources familiar with the discussions said the reduction would be in the neighborhood of 75 to 100 horsepower. Currently, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series engines make about 860-900 horsepower at most tracks.

FOX Sports

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Soccer: MLS fines Timbers' Caleb Porter for criticizing officials


10:50 AM ET 04.05 | Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber has fined Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter an undisclosed amount for public criticism of the officials, the league announed Friday afternoon. The incident in question occurred after Porter criticized the officiating in Portland's 2-1 loss to FC Dallas last Saturday, singling out an incident that saw the Timbers' Michael Harrington and Dallas' JeVaughn Watson both issued red cards. Both cards were later rescinded by an independent review panel. In his remarks, Porter also questioned the lack of protection for forward Darlington Nagbe, who left the Dallas game with a knock at halftime and is in doubt for Saturday's rivalry clash with the Seattle Sounders.

MLS Soccer

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Tennis: Rafael Nadal advances to ATP World Tour finals


11:14 PM ET 11.10 | You can add another great win for Rafael Nadal, and another tough loss for Roger Federer. Nadal beat Federer in a semifinal match of the ATP World Tour Finals in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3. After Federer lost the first set, you could tell he knew his time was up against Nadal. Roger had some critical errors late in the second set that ultimately led to his loss.

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