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Sports briefs: May 22


Manning looks strong in first practice with Broncos

His passes were hitting receivers in stride and right between the numbers, not skipping off the ground or whizzing behind their heads like so many of Tim Tebow's.

The Denver Broncos got their first real taste of Peyton Manning on Monday with a spirited, fast-paced workout, the four-time MVP's first full practice in more than 16 months.

Manning looked great, showing zip and accuracy on his passes, comfort under center, complete command of his offense and no ill effects from the nerve injury that caused weakness in his throwing arm.

 Texans star receiver Andre Johnson says he'll be sidelined three to four weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. Johnson sat out Houston's first organized team practice Monday after having the procedure two weeks ago, but says the knee injury won't delay his preparations for training camp in August.

 The Eagles on Monday agreed to terms with quarterback Nick Foles on a four-year contract. Foles, a third-round selection in last month's draft out of Arizona, finished his collegiate career as the Wildcats' all-time leading passer in terms of yards (10,011), touchdowns (67), attempts (1,369) and completions (933).

 Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan was knocked to the turf when defensive back Brandyn Thompson slammed into him on a play during the team's first full-squad workout in its new indoor practice field. Shanahan remained on his back for a couple of minutes while he was checked near midfield.


Devils tie series with 4-1 win

Martin Brodeur made 27 saves and survived a third-period punch to the chest by old buddy Mike Rupp as the New Jersey Devils defeated the New York Rangers 4-1 on Monday night, evening the Eastern Conference Finals at 2-2.

Zach Parise had two goals and an assist, and Bryce Salvador and Travis Zajac beat Henrik Lundqvist less than four minutes apart in the first period in a series where the intensity and emotions are picking up. Brodeur even notched an assist in the third, on Parise's empty netter.


Kim out for FedEx Cup season

Anthony Kim will miss the rest of the FedEx Cup season to treat chronic tendinitis in his left arm.

Kim has made only two cuts this year and has withdrawn from his last three tournaments. Along with nagging pain in his left forearm, Kim hurt his right elbow when his club struck a rock while he was trying to hit out of a bush at the Texas Open.

He decided to take time off after seeing the same Cleveland doctor who operated on his left thumb two years ago.

High school basketball

Greenwell makes USA U17 team

A serious knee injury notwithstanding, Owensboro Catholic High School's Becca Greenwell has made it all the way back in USA Basketball.

On Sunday, the 6-foot-1 guard was selected to the 12-member USA Basketball U17 team after a week of trials in Colorado Springs, Colo.

"It's an amazing feeling, and I was actually really shocked," said Greenwell, who missed the entire 2011-12 high school season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in August during a 3-on-3 world championship tournament in Italy.


Soderling out indefinitely with mono

Two-time French Open runner-up Robin Soderling says he will miss the French Open, Wimbledon and the Olympics as he recovers from mononucleosis.

The 27-year-old Swede hasn't played a tournament since winning in Bastad, Sweden, in July. He withdrew from the U.S. Open just before the first round.

Tenth-ranked Mardy Fish and women's No. 16 Andrea Petkovic also will miss the French Open. Fish has not played a match for more than a month, and organizers said the big-serving American has fatigue. Petkovic of Germany has a right ankle problem.

Rafael Nadal beat top-ranked Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-3 on Monday to win his record sixth Italian Open title. Djokovic had 41 unforced errors, including a double-fault on the last point to give Nadal his 49th career title and his 35th on clay.

Sports in the Courts

No delay in Sandusky trial

The June child sex-abuse trial of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky will not be delayed, a judge ruled Monday. The one-sentence order by Judge John Cleland did not explain his reasons, but it means the case probably will begin with jury selection at a central Pennsylvania courthouse in barely two weeks. Sandusky lawyer Joe Amendola had asked for the delay May 9, arguing he needed more time to find and interview witnesses.

 A minor fender bender in a Dodger Stadium parking lot over the weekend led to the beating of a driver and the arrest of four people more than a year after a San Francisco Giants fan was left with brain damage after an attack on opening day, police said Monday. The latest attack occurred Sunday, when the victim, a man in his 20s, had a collision with another driver, and three other men pinned him down, police said. The other driver kicked and hit the victim in the head and face while he was on the ground, police Sgt. David Armas said.

 New York Jets defensive lineman Kenrick Ellis has pleaded guilty to assault and battery stemming from a 2010 fight while attending college in Virginia. In a brief hearing in Hampton on Monday, Ellis entered an Alford plea, meaning he doesn't admit guilt but acknowledges prosecutors could prove the case against him. Ellis was sentenced to 179 days in jail, with 89 suspended.


Olympic flame briefly snuffed out

Organizers say the Olympic torch was snuffed out briefly during the relay leading up to the London 2012 Games. The London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games said the flame went out due to a malfunctioning burner. Such occurrences are fairly common, and organizers keep a "mother flame" in a protective lantern just in case.

 Authorities say an athlete in the swimming portion of a triathlon was rescued from the ocean and later died. Georgia State Patrol officials say Christopher Petty, 44, suffered an apparent cardiac arrest and was rescued from the water by event lifeguards.

John Brucato, an assistant swimming coach for the past 12 seasons at Kentucky, has been named the swimming and diving head coach at Bellarmine. Brucato will serve as the first coach of the new start-up NCAA Division II program at Bellarmine.

The last word

While at practice, Washington Redskins right-handed quarterback Robert Griffin III wore a yellow glove on his left hand. Said Griffin:

"I was a huge Michael Jackson fan growing up."