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  • Manning, Broncos face Steelers in Week 1

    NEW YORK (AP) — The last time the Steelers played, Tim Tebow sent them home from the playoffs with one stunning play.
    The next time Pittsburgh plays a game for real, it also will be in Denver.
    Tebow won’t be the opposing quarterback, though. Peyton Manning will be — and he’s certainly capable of an 80-yard TD pass in overtime.
    The entire nation won’t have to wait long to see Manning in a Broncos uniform. The only four-time league MVP will face the Steel Curtain in prime time on the opening Sunday of the NFL season.
    Folks in the Mile High city haven’t been this excited about their quarterback — no not even about Tebow — since John Elway was leading them to five Super Bowls, winning the last two.

  • Kenya's Wesley Korir, Cherop win Boston Marathon

    BOSTON (AP) — Wesley Korir won the Boston Marathon on Monday in a heat-slowed unofficial time of 2 hours, 12 minutes, 40 seconds.

    A year after Geoffrey Mutai ran the fastest marathon in history to win here, Korir won the second-slowest Boston race since 1985. Mutai dropped out after 18 miles with cramps as temperatures rose into the 80s on the 26.2-mile trek from Hopkinton to Copley Square.

    Sharon Cherop won the women's race to complete the Kenyan sweep, outsprinting fellow Kenyan Jemima Jelagat Sumgong to win in an unofficial 2 hours, 31 minutes, 50 seconds.

  • Bobby Petrino fired at Arkansas after 4 seasons

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas fired coach Bobby Petrino on Tuesday, saying he engaged in reckless behavior that included hiring his mistress and then intentionally misleading his bosses about everything from their relationship to her presence at the motorcycle accident that ultimately cost him his job.

    "He made the decision to mislead the public, (and it) adversely affected the university and the football program," athletic director Jeff Long said at an evening news conference, choking up at one point as he discussed telling players the news. There was a "pattern of misleading and manipulative behavior to deceive me."

  • NFL upholds Payton’s suspension

    NEW YORK (AP) — Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a message to every coach and player in the NFL: safety first. The league commissioner stuck with his punishments for New Orleans’ pay-for-pain bounties on Monday, rejecting Saints coach Sean Payton’s appeal of a season-long suspension.
    An NFL investigation found that, under Payton’s watch, an assistant ran a program offering cash payouts for hits that knocked targeted opponents out of games or hurt them so badly they needed help getting to the sideline.
    Next on Goodell’s agenda: discipline for players involved in the bounty program that began in 2009, the season the Saints won the Super Bowl.
    Given recent history, at least some of those penalties are likely to be tough.

  • Watson wins Masters playoff over Oosthuizen

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Trapped in the trees, Bubba Watson had no chance. Good thing he's one of those guys who never hits the ball straight.

    Unable to even see the green from where he was standing, Watson curled a shot from out of the pine straw and safely onto the 10th green to win the Masters on the second hole of a playoff Sunday over South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen.

  • VIDEO: Hanson 1 Ahead of Mickelson Through 3 Rounds

    Peter Hanson fired a 7-under-par 65 to surge to the top of the Masters leaderboard. He's one stroke ahead of Phil Mickelson, who shot on 30 on the back nine Saturday.

  • 2nd round under way at blustery Augusta

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Lee Westwood might be wondering if he's contending for a green jacket or the claret jug.

    In search of his first major title, Westwood bundled up in long sleeves and returned to the course Friday at the Masters — a day that felt more like a British Open.

    He started his day with five pars to stay in the lead after being greeted by blustery winds and temperatures in the 50s — about a 25-degree contrast to opening day when he shot 5-under-par 67 to take a one-shot advantage over Louis Oosthuizen and Peter Hanson.

  • Membership issues creep up again as Masters starts

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Jabbed, prodded and poked repeatedly about a topic that never really goes away, Billy Payne wouldn’t budge.
    Faced with questions at his annual news conference about when a woman would become a member at the home of the Masters, the Augusta National chairman gave different variations of the same answer: That’s our business, not yours.
    The topic was on the front burner again Wednesday, the eve of the year’s first major, because one of the club’s longtime sponsors, IBM, has a new CEO — Virginia Rometty. The last four CEOs at IBM, all male, have been invited to be members.

  • Baylor wins title, goes 40-0

    DENVER (AP) — Brittney Griner’s place in women’s basketball history is secure.
    Blocking layups, snagging rebounds, hitting shots over two and three helpless defenders, she towered over the competition all season long to earn player of the year and outstanding player of the NCAA tournament honors.
    She was simply dominant in adding national champion to her resume on Tuesday night.
    Griner had 26 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks to lead Baylor to an 80-61 victory over Notre Dame in the NCAA women’s basketball championship, capping an unparalleled 40-0 season for the Lady Bears.

  • Kentucky beats Kansas for NCAA title

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Before his confetti-flecked suit gets back from the cleaners, John Calipari will be on the road.

    Such is life for a coach who recruits all that NBA-ready talent — especially when those players get in the habit of bringing championships back to their ol' Kentucky home.

    Cal's latest group of one-and-doners doesn't have much left to prove at this level. Despite a rough shooting night by the best of Kentucky's talented freshmen, Anthony Davis, the Wildcats defeated Kansas 67-59 on Monday night to win their eighth national title, and first since 1998.