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Tuesday, March 22: Peyton's new deal held up


Tuesday, March 22

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Peyton's agent holding up new deal?

Jim Irsay, who last week said labor issues wouldn't affect his relationship with his MVP quarterback, pointed a finger in the direction of his agent over a contract issue. [Irsay] signaled on Monday some impatience with getting Peyton Manning's new contract done. Manning, who is slated to make $23 million in 2011 under the franchise tag, is seeking a new contract. The Colts have basically promised to make Manning the highest paid quarterback in the history of earth. Yet the new deal didn't get done to the seeming consternation of Irsay. "It should get done," said Irsay. "If you ask me it should have gotten done. You'll have to ask [Manning's agent] Tom Condon why it's not done." (

Players don't trust NBA's accounting

This just in: The looming threat of labor strife in the NBA comes down to mistrust over money. The National Basketball Players Association feels that only a "small number" of NBA teams are losing money and continues to say that it is not willing to put a hard salary cap into play when it negotiates a new collective bargaining agreement with the league. NBPA executive director Billy Hunter reiterated his union's stand during a wide-ranging interview with last week at the union's Harlem, N.Y., headquarters. The NBA's collective bargaining agreement with its players expires on June 30. The NBA says more than half its teams are losing money -- more than $300 million a year, it has said -- as it demands sweeping changes to the CBA. Hunter disputed that. (

Manuel frustrated by Phils' lineup

Charlie Manuel is a manager, and therefore given to looking at the glass half empty. What he sees is uncertainty, a great deal more than Manuel's Phillies teams are accustomed to at this point. ... So, exactly how concerned is Manuel as he prepares for life without Jayson Werth and the injured Chase Utley? "Well, we're missing the three- and five-hole hitter," Manuel said. "Two guys who had .400 on-base percentage. One guy, if he's well, hit 25 to 30 home runs. He hits .300 when he's healthy, knocks in 100 runs and scores over 100. Our fifth-hole hitter was a guy who knocked in 90 to 100 runs and has a .400 on-base percentage and steals some bags and plays good defense." Realizing he hadn't directly answered the question, Manuel stopped talking and laughed. It was good enough. (Philadelphia Inquirer)Comment

Must-See Photo

Aw, c'mon! The Penguins looked on in disbelief as Craig Adams's goal was waved off due to goaltender interference by Arron Asham (far right) during their game against the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. The Pens ended up edging the Wings 5-4 in a shootout (Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

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