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Days after a fan tossed a banana peel at him, the Philadelphia Flyers forward was accused of directing an anti-gay slur at another player. After the game, Simmonds said he couldn’t recall what he said, but the next day he told league officials he definitely didn’t utter the slur — despite videos that suggest otherwise.

The NHL was just as gutless in not fining him.

• Why Walter Peyton’s shortcomings should come as a surprise.

A new biography reveals a side of “Sweetness” that we never knew. That makes perfect sense, too, since it’s his private life, which allegedly included extramarital affairs, bouts of depression, suicidal thoughts and abuse of painkillers. Author Jeff Pearlman said he didn’t set out to write anything positive or negative, just “a definitive biography.”

Such works are destined to turn up dirt as often as not.

• How NBA stars playing overseas helps solve the labor situation.

Roughly 60 players are headed abroad, but New Jersey guard Deron Williams is the only big name. That could be about to change, however, based on Kobe Bryant’s comments Wednesday about playing in Italy. “It’s very possible,” he told La Gazetta dello Sport. “It would be a dream for me.”

Good for him and the others. But the nightmarish lockout will continue back home.

• Why any football-playing school wants to remain in the Big East.

Presidents from the member schools are set to meet this weekend to discuss the conference’s future, which is anything but rosy. UConn and Rutgers are interested in joining the ACC, while Louisville, TCU and West Virginia are candidates for the Big 12. The Big East is considering adding Colorado-based Air Force

Desperate times, desperate measures … but sometimes you just have to pull the plug.

• Why the Indianapolis Colts hold out hope for Peyton Manning.

Owner Jim Irsay said his star QB might miss the entire season, with a shot he can practice by December. But with his slow recovery after multiple neck procedures - and the risk to his long-term health and quality of life - it’s fair to doubt if Manning ever returns. Or ever returns to form.

It’s time for a Manning favorite regarding the Colts’ QB plans: Audible.

• How Cedric Benson should be punished for actions during the lockout.

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