Manning cleared to play
Peyton Manning, who led the Denver Broncos to an appearance in last month’s Super Bowl, has been fully cleared to play next season, according to a report on the National Football League’s Web site on Monday. The 37-year-old quarterback’s annual checkup was mandated as part of the five-year, US$96 million contract he signed in 2012 after missing the 2011 NFL season following multiple surgeries on his neck. The examination was considered a formality since Manning played in each of his team’s 19 games during the campaign last year, which ended with a loss to Seattle in the Super Bowl. After getting the all-clear, Manning’s US$20 million salary becomes guaranteed for this season, according to a report that cited a source in the Broncos’ organization. Manning, Manning, who set single-season records in the campaign last year for touchdown passes and passing yards, is expected to take aim at Brett Favre’s career touchdowns record, needing 18 more to lead the all-time list.
Figueroa not to defend crown
Unbeaten US fighter Omar Figueroa will not defend his World Boxing Council lightweight crown on Saturday after injuring his left hand during training, promoters announced on Monday. The bout was among three title fights scheduled for the undercard of Sunday’s non-title bout between Mexican super welterweights Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, 42-1-1 with 30 knockouts, and Alfredo Angulo, 22-3 with 18 knockouts. Figueroa, who suffered the injury on Friday, will not put his title on the line, but his scheduled opponent, Canelo’s older brother Ricardo Alvarez, will face Mexico’s Sergio Thompson. Remaining world title bouts will include Mexico’s unbeaten WBC super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz, 27-0 with one draw and 15 knockouts, against Mexican southpaw Cristian Mijares, 49-7 with two drawn and 24 knockouts.
Maybin out on injury
Promising San Diego Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin will miss two to three months after rupturing his left biceps tendon while making a diving catch in a spring training game, the team said on Monday. Maybin, 26, suffered the injury in robbing Los Angeles Dodgers’ Juan Uribe of an extra-base hit to the right-center field gap on Sunday, MLB.com reported. The injury-plagued Maybin missed all but 14 games last year with a right wrist injury that required surgery and a torn ligament in his left knee. Padres manager Bud Black was asked if Maybin should have been more cautious, especially in an exhibition game. “You can’t play at a lesser level, you’ve got to play a spring training game like a regular-season game,” Black said. “Cam is a guy who plays the game like it’s meant to be played.”
Russian defenseman Dmitry Orlov has been suspended by the NHL for two games for boarding Philadelphia Flyers forward Brayden Schenn. The suspension, announced on Monday, will cost Orlov US$7,076.92 in salary. Orlov launched into Schenn during the third period on Sunday of the Washington Capitals’ game and he was assessed a major penalty. The infraction helped the Flyers rally from a 4-2 deficit for a 5-4 overtime win. After the suspension was announced, the Capitals recalled defenseman Jack Hillen from Hershey of the AHL. Hillen had been with Hershey for a conditioning stint after rehabbing a fracture in his right leg.