Sports Report: Peyton Manning Set To End NFL Playing Career Today
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has decided to end his accomplished 18-year NFL career after helping the Broncos to a win in Super Bowl 50. The team has scheduled a news conference for Monday, just one month after the almost 40-year-old Manning helped the Broncos beat Carolina for the title. The five-time NFL MVP is the only quarterback to achieve 200 wins in a career, and his league-record 539 touchdown passes include an NFL best 55 in 2013.
Police say Los Angeles Rams running back Tre Mason had to be subdued with a stun gun twice when he refused to cooperate with officers who were arresting him in South Florida. Hollywood, Florida, police says Mason refused orders to get out of his sports car after he was pulled over for going twice the speed limit in a 35-mile-per-hour zone. He is charged with resisting arrest without violence, reckless driving, possessing less than 20 grams of cannabis and failure to register a vehicle.
In the NBA, Miami topped Philadelphia 103-98,the Lakers won against Golden State 112-95, Oklahoma City blasted Milwaukee 104-96, Phoenix beat Memphis 109-100, Denver edged Dallas in overtime 116-114, Detroit defeated Portland 123-103, and it was Houston over Toronto 113-107.
Jimmer Fredette has rejoined Westchester of the NBA Development League following the expiration of his 10-day contract with the New York Knicks. Fredette played for Westchester on Sunday in its 126-88 loss to Maine, finishing with 12 points.
In the NHL, the Islanders won against the Rangers 6-4, Pittsburgh blasted New Jersery 6-1, Chicago bested Detroit 4-1, Dallas edged Ottawa 2-1, Edmonton skated by Winnipeg 2-1, and it was St. Louis over Minnesota 4-2.
New Jersey Devils All-Star goaltender Cory Schneider will be sidelined at least two weeks with a sprained right knee suffered in the third period of a loss to Dallas. He has posted a 26-23-6 record with four shutouts and a .923 save percentage.
Iona beat Siena 81-70 yesterday to advance to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament championship game. Today, Iona will see Monmouth.
Tonight in the America East tournament, Hartford is at Stony Brook at 7 and New Hampshire is at Vermont at 7:30.
Brianna Turner had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 2 Notre Dame won its third straight Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament title by beating No. 17 Syracuse 68-57 on Sunday. In earning its fourth straight conference tournament title, Notre Dame became the first ACC team to three-peat since North Carolina in 2006-08.
University of Massachusetts Director of Athletics Ryan Bamford announced on Sunday that women’s basketball head coach Sharon Dawley has been relieved of her duties.
Wes Washpun's jumper from the top of the key bounced high off the back of the rim and fell in at the buzzer giving Northern Iowa a 56-54 win over Evansville in the Missouri Valley Conference title game. Northern Iowa has won the tournament four of the last eight years and enters the NCAA Tournament having won 12 of its last 13 games.
In other conference tournament action:
— Dwayne Sutton had 25 points and 18 rebounds to help UNC Asheville beat Winthrop 77-68 in the Big South Tournament title game. The victory earns the Bulldogs their first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2012.
— Florida Gulf Coast is back in the NCAA tournament. Antravious Simmons scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as FGCU beat Stetson 80-78 in overtime to win the Atlantic Sun tournament.
Yesterday marked the start of the MLS season. Sebastian Giovinco, the reigning MVP, scored on a penalty kick and had an assist in the second half, and Toronto FC beat the New York Red Bulls 2-0 on Sunday in a MLS season opener. Toronto FC beat the Red Bulls for the first time in seven matches at Red Bull Arena.
Masahiro Tanaka tossed two scoreless innings in his first spring appearance but the New York Yankees lost 6-5 to the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday. Tanaka looked fine after having a procedure in October to remove a bone spur from his pitching elbow. The right-hander allowed two hits, walked one and struck out two.
Yoenis Cespedes had an RBI infield single and reached base three times to help the New York Mets beat the Atlanta Braves 7-5 on Sunday. Cespedes went 1 for 2 with a walk and reached on an error. It was the first hit of the spring for Cespedes, who re-signed with the Mets in the offseason for $75 million over three years.
The Chicago White Sox hope they have bolstered their outfield depth by working out a one-year, $5 million pact with free agent Austin Jackson. Jackson played for Seattle and the Chicago Cubs last season, batting .267 with nine homers and 48 RBIs in 136 games. He is a .273 hitter with 55 homers, 296 RBIs and 106 steals in 860 career games.
A person briefed on the decision tells The Associated Press that the two-game suspension imposed on Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Chase Utley during last year's playoffs has been dropped. Major League Baseball and the players' union reached an agreement that rescinded the ban. The person spoke to the AP on Sunday on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement.
Maria Sharapova has called a news conference for noon Monday in Los Angeles to make what her agent calls a "major announcement." This comes days after Sharapova announced she was pulling out of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells because of a left forearm injury. She has suffered a string of injuries in recent years. The five-time major champion hasn't competed since losing to Serena Williams in the Australian Open quarterfinals in January.
Adam Scott shot a 3-under 69 in the final round to win the Cadillac Championship for his second victory in a row. His 12-under total gave him a one-shot win over Bubba Watson, who posted a 68. Scott also captured The Honda Classic last week. It's the second win for Scott in a World Golf Championships event, the other coming at Bridgestone in 2011. He's now a 13-time winner on tour and hasn't finished lower than second in any of his last three starts.
South Korea's Ha Na Jang fired a 7-under 65 to score a four-shot win at the HSBC Women's Champions. It was the second win of the year for the 23-year-old. Thailand's Pornanong Phatlum finished second after a closing 68.
Brad Keselowski's late charge allowed him to win a Sprint Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the second time in three years. Keselowski passed Kyle Busch with five laps to go and beat Joey Logano to the checkered flag. Jimmie Johnson was third, and Busch had to settle for fourth after struggling with a right front wheel issue down the stretch. Keselowski overcame an early speeding penalty and drove his Team Penske Ford to his first Sprint Cup Series victory of the season.
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