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Colts, Manning discuss a new contract

February 28, 2011

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The Colts and Peyton Manning’s agent would like to beat the clock on a new contract. With less than a week to go before the league’s collective bargaining agreement expires, both sides say they have made progress on Manning’s deal, though neither appears in a rush. “We’re having conversations so that’s a positive,’’ Tom Condon, Manning’s agent, told The Associated Press yesterday at the league’s Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. “But I would agree with [Colts vice chairman Bill Polian] that nothing’s imminent.’’ Most thought the Colts would try to wrap up a deal for the only four-time MVP in league history before the CBA expires at the end of Thursday. And if the lockout begins Friday as expected, players, agents, and team officials are already debating whether franchise and transition tags will carry the same weight they would in a normal year. Teams are proceeding as if they will. Two weeks ago, the Colts designated Manning their exclusive franchise player, a move designed to keep him off the free agent market. If the tag sticks, Manning could not negotiate with other teams. He also would make $23 million if he plays under the tag next season . . . Dolphins nose tackle Paul Soliai signed a franchise-tag contract that guarantees him about $12.5 million for the 2011 season.

Track and Field
Suhr sets American pole vault record Granted a rare fourth attempt in her American-record bid in the pole vault, 2008 Olympic silver medalist Jenn Suhr cleared 15 feet, 11 1/4 inches at the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Albuquerque. Officials ruled the bar was improperly set on her third try, so Suhr got another shot and made good, upping her mark set two years ago by an inch. Suhr’s record was one of two at the meet, after shot-putter Jillian Camarena-Williams went 65 feet 2 1/4 inches to break Ramona Pagel’s distance from 1987 by 2 inches. It was a noteworthy meet for the women, with distance specialist Jenny Simpson pulling off the double by adding the mile to her win in Saturday’s 3,000 meters. Mark Rodgers ran a world-leading time of 6.48 seconds in the 60 meters, and hurdler Kellie Wells also claimed the world’s fastest women’s time this year, going 7.79 in both the preliminaries and the finals of the 60 meters.

Blazers help East win NLL All-Star Game Rochester’s Shawn Evans had four goals and eight assists to earn MVP honors and lead the East to a 30-26 victory over the West in the National Lacrosse League All-Star Game in Verona, N.Y. Buffalo’s Mark Steenhuis had five goals for the East, while Dan Dawson of the Boston Blazers had a goal and eight assists. The Blazers were also represented by Josh Sanderson, Kyle Rubisch, Casey Powell, and goalie Anthony Cosmo. Sanderson contributed four goals and three assists, Rubisch had two goals and two assists, and Powell added one goal and three assists. Washington’s Luke Wiles led the West with six goals and four assists. Calgary’s Scott Ranger had a hat trick and three assists.

Del Potro captures Delray Beach crown Juan Martin del Potro won his first title in his first final since winning the 2009 US Open, beating Serbia’s Janko Tipsarevic, 6-4, 6-4, at the Delray Beach (Fla.) Championships. Del Potro, on the comeback trail after missing most of last season with a right wrist injury, looked fatigued throughout the match, but the Argentine willed himself to victory over the erratic Tipsarevic. The 52d-ranked Tipsarevic was looking to win his first title in three career finals. Del Potro, ranked No. 166, reached the semifinals at San Jose and Memphis ahead of playing Delray Beach.

Seabrook agrees to five-year contract Defenseman Brent Seabrook agreed to a five-year, $29 million contract extension with the Chicago Blackhawks. Seabrook, 25, helped Chicago win the Stanley Cup last season with four goals and seven assists in 22 postseason games . . . The Buffalo Sabres acquired forward Brad Boyes, who has 12 goals and 41 points, from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a second-round pick this year. Boyes, a former Bruin, scored 43 goals in 2007-08 with St. Louis but has seen his goal totals drop in the three seasons since . . . Birmingham ended a 48-year wait by upsetting Arsenal, 2-1, with a last-minute goal by Obafemi Martins in the League Cup final in London. It earned Birmingham only its second major trophy, after a League Cup triumph in 1963 . . . Norm Duke won his 34th bowling title and seventh major, defeating Mika Koivuniemi at the US Open in North Brunswick, N.J.

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