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Sports briefs: March 7

NFL

Report: Colts, Manning to part ways Wednesday

The Peyton Manning era in Indianapolis is expected to end Wednesday, according to an ESPN report citing anonymous sources Tuesday. The Colts plan to hold a news conference Wednesday to announce the long-expected decision, and Manning and team owner Jim Irsay are expected to attend, the network said.

Colts spokesman Avis Roper said he could not confirm the decision — or the news conference — because Irsay was out of town and could not be reached for comment. Neither Irsay nor Manning's agent, Tom Condon, responded immediately to messages left by The Associated Press. Manning has said in the past that all he wanted to do was finish his career in a Colts uniform, but an injured neck forced him to miss all of the 2011 season. Now it looks as though the NFL's only four-time MVP, and a former Super Bowl champion, won't be wearing No. 18 for Indy. With a $28 million bonus payment due Thursday to Manning, his neck problems, and the fact that the Colts own the No. 1 pick in April's draft, the Colts seem to have deemed it too risky — and too pricey — to keep the longtime franchise quarterback, who will turn 36 later this month.

■ The Saints held a workout on Tuesday with veteran receiver Randy Moss, who is trying to make a comeback after spending a year out of pro football. GM Mickey Loomis confirmed the workout, but the club did not provide any details on how the 35-year-old performed.

■ Texans running back Arian Foster has signed a five-year, $43.5 million deal to stay in Houston, the team said Tuesday. An undrafted free agent in 2009, Foster made $525,000 last season. He'll make $18 million in base salary next season, plus incentives.

UK sports

Bat Cats rally for 12th straight win

Junior outfielder Zac Zellers had a career-high four hits, and Kentucky scored six runs in the seventh inning for a 10-6 comeback win over Tennessee Tech at Cliff Hagan Stadium Tuesday, extending the nation's longest winning streak. Kentucky (12-0), ranked No. 23 by Collegiate Baseball, was down by three runs twice against Tech, coached by former UK star Matt Bragga. Zellers, A.J. Reed, Michael Williams, Cameron Flynn (Henry Clay) and Matt Reida all had RBI hits, two for Reida, to make it 9-6. Maile, a former Covington Catholic star, tacked on his second sac fly for an insurance run in the eighth.

Freshman center fielder Austin Cousino extended his hitting streak to 11 games — every game of his college career. Former Covington Catholic star Luke Maile's 10-game hitting streak was snapped after a pair of sacrifice flies.

Kentucky freshman Chandler Shepherd got roughed up in his second start, giving up six hits, three runs and two walks while striking out one with three wild pitches in three innings. Tim Peterson (1-0) got the win, allowing two hits and a run with two strikeouts in 11⁄3.

■ The Kentucky men's golf team shot a 1-over 289 in the final round of the South Florida Invitational on Tuesday to finish in third place, and junior Chase Parker had an even-par 72 to finish in fourth, his second top-five finish of the year. Kentucky finished with its third-lowest 54-hole team score (868) of the year and its lowest of the spring season.

■ Kentucky track and field senior distance runner Luis Orta was named to the All-Southeastern Conference first team, and freshman middle distance runner Keffri Neal made the All-Freshman team, the league announced Tuesday. Orta was honored for his performance in the 3,000-meter and 5,000-meter runs and Neal for his 800-meter run in last month's indoor championships at UK.

Baseball

Latos throws 2 scoreless innings in debut

Mat Latos, expected to serve as Cincinnati's No. 2 starter, allowed two hits in two scoreless innings in his spring debut Tuesday as the Reds fell 8-6 to the Mariners in Peoria, Ariz. The Reds acquired the right-hander when they traded four players to San Diego in December.

"Everything was coming out of my hand real good," Latos said. "The slider looked real good. The curveball had good bite to it. The fastball was real live. The changeup is in the back pocket. My arm felt great. The delivery, mechanics everything felt good."

Latos went 9-14 with a 3.47 ERA last season. Following the trade, he said he thought he would have to prove himself. Now he is focused on preparing for the season.

"I try not to think about the trade as much as possible," he said. "I just worry about taking care of what I can control."

Denis Phipps, the Reds' 2011 minor-league hitter of the year, hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning.

Mariners ace Felix Hernandez struck out four in three hitless innings. He hit Kristopher Negron with the first pitch of the game, then retired the next nine batters.

■ Infielder Carlos Guillen, a three-time All-Star who played 14 major-league seasons, announced his retirement Tuesday. He was at the Mariners' spring training camp as a non-roster invitee. Last season, he hit .232 in 28 games with the Tigers, but he was on the disabled list twice for knee and wrist injuries. Guillen, 36, hit .344 in 19 post-season games and .353 in the 2006 World Series with the Tigers.

LexCath No. 1 in pre-season poll

Lexington Catholic is No. 1 in the pre-season baseball poll compiled by the Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association. Defending state champion Central Hardin was second in the voting, followed by Eastern, St. Xavier and Apollo. Besides Lexington Catholic, eight other 11th Region teams are in the top 25: No. 8 Lafayette, No. 10 Bryan Station, No. 12 Tates Creek, No. 16 Madison Central, No. 20 Paul Laurence Dunbar, No. 21 Henry Clay, No. 22 Lexington Christian and No. 24 Woodford County.

NBA

LeBron, Bosh lead Heat as Wade goes out

LeBron James scored 21 points and capped his night by banking in a halfcourt shot, Chris Bosh added 20 points in his return after missing a week to deal with his grandmother's death, and the Heat snapped a two-game slide by rolling past the Nets 108-78 Tuesday. The win came with a cost: Dwyane Wade turned his right ankle late in the first half and did not return, finishing with 13 points. Wade missed six games earlier this season after spraining the same ankle, though the team said he could have returned to this one if needed.

College football

Marshall dismisses quarterback

Marshall has dismissed quarterback A.J. Graham for an undisclosed violation of team rules, athletics spokesman Jason Corriher said Tuesday. The sophomore went 2-2 as a starter last season in place of freshman Rakeem Cato before undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery. Backup QB Blake Frohnapfel underwent shoulder surgery in November, and Eddie Sullivan quit the team the same month.

Female kicker to try out for LSU

A Louisiana State soccer player will get her chance Tuesday to see whether she has what it takes to join the Tigers' football team. WDSU TV reports Mo Isom, who is 6 feet tall, worked out with the team in September, practicing kickoffs and field goals. Though she is a senior, she would have a year of eligibility.

■ Alabama heads into spring practice without its most experienced tailback, Eddie Lacy, and much talked-about receiver Duron Carter. Coach Nick Saban said Tuesday that Lacy will miss the spring while recovering from surgery for a turf-toe injury. Carter remains suspended after being held out of practice leading up to the BCS title game against LSU, and Saban said he doesn't have a timetable for his return.

The last word

New Arizona football coach Rich Rodriguez — who ran afoul of college sports' governing body before getting fired by Michigan — on conducting his first spring practice in the Southwest heat?

"We'll probably even have Popsicles for them. I hope that's not an NCAA violation."

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