- Associated Press - Saturday, April 19, 2014

PRO FOOTBALL

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Peyton Manning’s never-ending quest to hone his game and Nick Saban’s desire to decipher fast-paced offenses led to a recent meeting that the Crimson Tide coach called mutually beneficial.

It also might have violated NFL rules because, according to Saban, Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase also was in attendance.

The league doesn’t allow players and their coaches to meet before the start of offseason workouts, which for the Broncos begin Monday. On-field instruction won’t start until mid-May.

The Associated Press left messages with the team and the NFL on Friday seeking comment.

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PRO BASKETBALL

Memphis Grizzlies point guard Nick Calathes was suspended for 20 games for violating the NBA’s anti-drug policy.

The league said Friday night in a release that Calathes tested positive for tamoxifen. The suspension begins Saturday night when the Grizzlies take on Oklahoma City in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.

Yahoo Sports was the first to report the suspension.

NEW YORK(AP) - Even as the NBA prepares for a draft that could be headlined by freshmen, Commissioner Adam Silver remains committed to keeping them in college.

So much so that NCAA President Mark Emmert was invited to discuss his involvement with owners.

Silver is moving cautiously on potential changes to areas such as the lottery format and playoff structure, but is making it clear that raising the draft age limit to abolish the so-called “one and done” is one of his priorities.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) - How long Mike D’Antoni remains the Los Angeles Lakers’ coach won’t be decided at least until next week.

General manager Mitch Kupchak praised his embattled coach while the Lakers finished their final exit interviews and headed to an unusually early summer following a franchise-worst 55-loss season.

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