- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 8, 2016

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - His voice cracking with emotion, Peyton Manning said good bye to the game he loved at a news conference packed with friends, family and laughter.

He threw in some Scripture, some fond memories and even a dig at Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller, whom he thanked for taking a break “from your celebrity tour to be here today.”

He ended it with his signature “Omaha!” and then posed for pictures with more than a dozen of his former teammates with the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos, each of whom he helped win a Super Bowl.

Manning, who turns 40 this month, said the timing was simply right to call an end to his 18-year NFL career.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - DeMarco Murray will be leaving Philadelphia after only one season for Tennessee in a trade the Titans hope gives them the running threat they’ve lacked since releasing Chris Johnson, while the Eagles rid themselves of one of the contracts signed by former coach Chip Kelly.

Murray’s agents at SportsTrust Advisors confirmed the deal on Twitter.

Murray signed a five-year, $40 million contract with $21 million guaranteed with Philadelphia last year, and a person familiar with the trade told The Associated Press that Murray agreed to rework his deal. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal will not be announced until Wednesday.

ESPN first reported the trade.

Other terms of the deal were not immediately available. The Titans hold the No. 1 pick in the April draft and have eight draft picks - three in the top 64 selections.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Tennis star Maria Sharapova says she failed a drug test at the Australian Open.

The five-time major champion took full responsibility for her mistake when she made the announcement at a news conference in Los Angeles. The former world No. 1 could face a lengthy ban from the International Tennis Federation.

The 28-year-old Sharapova said she tested positive for meldonium, which she said she has been taking for 10 years for numerous health issues. Meldonium, thought to be widely used by Russian athletes, became a banned substance this year under the WADA code. Sharapova claimed she didn’t notice its addition to the banned list.

Meldonium, also known as mildronate, is a Latvian-manufactured drug popular for fighting heart disease in former Soviet Union countries. Meldonium treats ischemia, or lack of blood flow, but can be taken in large doses as a performance-enhancer that increases exercise capacity.

Sharapova’s penalties could range from a multiyear ban to a minimal sanction with no suspension if officials believe she made an honest mistake. WADA President Craig Reedie told The Associated Press that any athlete found guilty of using meldonium would normally face a one-year suspension.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A jury awarded Erin Andrews $55 million in her lawsuit against a stalker who bought a hotel room next to her and secretly recorded a nude video, finding that the hotel companies and the stalker shared in the blame.

After a full day of deliberations, the panel said the stalker was responsible for 51 percent of the verdict and the two hotel companies should share the rest, which is nearly $27 million.

Andrews, a Fox Sports reporter and co-host of the TV show “Dancing with the Stars,” wept as jurors announced the verdict. She hugged her attorneys, family and several jurors after the verdict was read. She appeared to sign an autograph for at least one juror.

The jury heard directly from Andrews, who testified that she was humiliated, shamed and suffers from depression as a result of the video, which has been viewed by millions of people online. She had asked for $75 million.


BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - U.S. Olympic Committee leaders say athletes have to decide for themselves about competing at the Summer Olympics in Brazil, where the outbreak of the Zika virus has made some question the wisdom of traveling there this year.

The USOC recently appointed a health advisory committee to offer advice about the virus, which is mainly free of symptoms but can cause birth defects. But CEO Scott Blackmun said the USOC doesn’t want to be in position of making health policy.

Blackmun and chairman Larry Probst also expressed confidence that sports leaders will do their best to clean up track and field ahead of the games. News about widespread doping in Russia and Kenya has placed both countries under watch, with the possibility they might be ineligible for track in Rio.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred won’t decide on discipline for Jose Reyes until after the domestic violence case involving the Colorado shortstop plays out in court.

Speaking during the Rockies’ exhibition game against the Chicago Cubs, Manfred also said he met with the players’ association last week to begin collective bargaining for an agreement to replace the one that expires Dec. 1. He also said the decision to rescind Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Chase Utley’s two-game suspension stemmed from the new sliding rules announced last week.

Manfred placed Reyes on paid suspension ahead of spring training under the domestic violence agreement reached last August. Last week, Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman agreed to a 30-game suspension.

Reyes is scheduled for a trial April 4 on a charge he abused his wife at a Hawaii resort on Oct. 31. Reyes has pleaded not guilty.


MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin has named Greg Gard the permanent replacement for retired basketball coach Bo Ryan.

The university’s Board of Regents approved Gard’s contract following his successful audition as the interim coach.

Terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed by the university.

Wisconsin is 13-6 since Gard took over following Ryan’s abrupt retirement after a game on Dec. 15. The veteran assistant was considered the front-runner after steadying the Badgers following a 1-4 start in Big Ten play.

A Wisconsin native, Gard in a statement called it an “honor and privilege” to be named head coach.

Athletic director Barry Alvarez said he was impressed with the job Gard has done both on and off the court.

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