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Pro Bowl taps Mannings

December 17, 2008

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— Peyton and Eli Manning were voted to the Pro Bowl on Tuesday, the first time quarterback-playing brothers have been chosen for the same all-star game.

The Indianapolis Colts’ Peyton will make his ninth appearance in 11 seasons and will start for the AFC. It will be the first appearance for Eli, who was the MVP for the New York Giants in last February’s Super Bowl. He will be on the NFC team.

Kansas Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez has been named to his 10th straight Pro Bowl, and guard Brian Waters has earned his fourth trip to Honolulu.

Already the NFL’s all-time leader for receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns by a tight end, Gonzalez is having one of the best seasons of his 12-year career.

The 32-year-old leads all tight ends with 84 catches, 941 yards and eight touchdowns in 14 games. He’s also caught at least one pass in 129 straight games — second all-time to Ozzie Newsome (150 games).

Waters, a former NFL Europe player, is back in the Pro Bowl after making it three straight seasons from 2004-06. The ninth-year player is one of four Chiefs offensive players to play in every game.

The Giants also landed the oldest Pro Bowler ever, 44-year-old kicker John Carney, who was signed at the start of the season as a short-term fill-in for the injured Lawrence Tynes. He has made 27 of 29 field goals — the two he missed were blocked — and has kept the now-recovered Tynes inactive for all but two games.

The New York Jets led all teams with seven Pro Bowlers, including quarterback Brett Favre, who will be in his 10th Pro Bowl, but his first representing the AFC. The game will be played on Feb. 8 in Honolulu.

While Peyton Manning will start for the AFC, the starting quarterback for the NFC will be Kurt Warner, who led the Arizona Cardinals to the NFC West title.

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NFL

K.C. tax breaks approved

Jefferson City, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs won approval Tuesday for $25 million in state tax credits to subsidize a training camp move from Wisconsin to Missouri and fund additional renovations around Arrowhead Stadium.

The tax breaks come on top of $50 million awarded in June 2006 for the renovation of the adjacent Chiefs and Kansas City Royals stadiums. Since then, the Chiefs have added to their improvement list while also exploring a summer training camp site closer to home.

Vick may be moved

Norfolk, Va. — Former NFL quarterback Michael Vick could be out of federal prison and in a Virginia halfway house by Jan. 20, one of his attorneys told a federal bankruptcy judge Tuesday. Vick is serving a 23-month prison term in Leavenworth for bankrolling a dogfighting conspiracy and is scheduled to be released from federal custody around July 20.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Ohio St. LB heads AP team

New York — Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis is an AP All-American for the third consecutive season, joining Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford and Texas Tech receiver Michael Crabtree on the first team.

Alabama put more players on the first team than any school, about 1,000 pounds of linemen. Offensive tackle Andre Smith, listed at 330 pounds, was a unanimous first-team choice, and was joined by center Antoine Caldwell.

Crimson Tide nose guard Terrence Cody, listed at 365 pounds, anchored the top-ranked defense in the Southeastern Conference.

Texas’ Colt McCoy, the Heisman runner-up, was the second-team quarterback, and Florida quarterback Tim Tebow made the third team.

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Paterno agrees to extension

State College, Pa. — Penn State coach Joe Paterno has a new three-year contract extension to go along with his new hip. The Hall of Famer and winningest coach in major college football history has agreed to deal that runs through the 2011 season. Paterno turns 82 on Dec. 21.

Gill staying at Buffalo

Buffalo, N.Y. — Buffalo coach Turner Gill is staying put for at least one more season and won’t consider interviewing for any other jobs after receiving a contract extension and pay raise. The new deal was announced by the school on Tuesday, and is reward for a first-time coach who in three years turned around a program that was once of the worst in major college football.

BASEBALL

Royals sign pitcher Bale

Kansas City, Mo. — Left-hander John Bale and the Kansas City Royals agreed Tuesday to a one-year contract. Bale was 0-3 with a 4.39 earned-run average in 2008, appearing in just 13 games while struggling with injuries — one self-inflicted. While on the disabled list in May due to shoulder tightness, Bale broke his pitching hand by punching a hotel room door while the Royals were in Cleveland.

Phils, Ibanez finalize deal

Philadelphia — Outfielder Raul Ibanez and the Philadelphia Phillies have finalized a $31.5 million, three-year contract. The deal, agreed to on Friday, was subject to the physical and was announced Tuesday. Ibanez will take over in left from Pat Burrell, who became a free agent. The 36-year-old Ibanez hit .293 last season with 43 doubles, 23 home runs and 110 RBIs with the Seattle Mariners.

Cubs, Gathright agree

Chicago — Joey Gathright and the Chicago Cubs agreed to an $800,000, one-year contract Tuesday, three days after the outfielder became a free agent when Kansas City failed to offer a deal for 2009. Primarily a center fielder, Gathright has played five seasons in the majors with Tampa Bay and Kansas City, batting .263 in 399 games.

GOLF

Harrington player of year

Thousand Oaks, Calif. — Padraig Harrington was voted PGA Tour player of the year by his peers Tuesday, becoming the first European player to win the award since it began in 1990. Harrington only won twice this year, but they were majors — the British Open and the PGA Championship.

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