Morning Jolt: Manning looking to hit open market

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Manning looking to hit open market

With the Colts since 1998, Peyton Manning is now the subject of significant speculation. When it comes to NFL big names, no one wields more cachet than [Manning]. With the owners and players about to strike a deal for a new collective bargaining agreement, Manning, a named plaintiff in the lawsuit against the league, is reportedly making a power play. According to a report from the Boston Globe, and later confirmed by, Manning is looking to hit the open market when the lawsuit is settled. Manning would like his current franchise tag from the Colts removed and to never have that designation again. That would take Manning from being locked with Indianapolis for one year at about $23.7 million to an unrestricted free agent, making him a high priority to re-sign for a lucrative long-term deal. (Sporting News)Comment

Phillies, BoSox chasing Beltran

Not long after we learned the Mets might be willing to take the edge off Carlos Beltran's contract, we're hearing some big-market suitors who might bite. The Phillies and Red Sox are among the most aggressive suitors for [Beltran] -- if not the most aggressive, according to major-league sources. Other clubs remain strongly in the mix for Beltran, who returned to the Mets' lineup on Tuesday night after missing three games with the flu. The interest for Beltran is so high, sources say, that the Mets might trade him several days or more before the July 31 non-waiver deadline -- and include less money in the deal than they initially expected would be necessary. (

High-level talks on hold until August

Most local NBA headlines revolved around the release of a schedule that may not be played without much in the way of labor progress. While the basketball world was obsessed Tuesday with the release of an NBA schedule that may never happen, has learned that the owners and players may not convene for another full-blown collective bargaining session until August. It is up for interpretation, however, whether that would put the two sides behind the negotiating pace set during the 1998-99 lockout. Back then, it was 37 days between the imposition of the lockout on July 1 and the next bargaining session on Aug. 6. But this time, the two sides have met once at the staff level -- last Friday -- and are scheduled to gather again this Friday for a second meeting. (

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Minnesota Twins second baseman Alexi Casilla makes this lackadaisical-looking toss during the Twins' 2-1 win over the Indians at Target Field last night. (Minneapolis Star Tribune/ MCT /LANDOV)

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  • 1976 -- Hank Aaron hit his last big-league homer off Angels hurler Dick Drago. The round tripper was Aaron's 755th and established the all-time major league record for career home runs.
  • 2003 -- Ben Curtis, an unknown PGA Tour rookie in his first major championship, wins the British Open.
  • 2004 -- At Wrigley Field, Albert Pujols goes 5 for 5, with three home runs and five RBIs, as the Cardinals beat the Cubs 11-8. It was the first baseman's first career three-homer game.