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Wednesday's Sports in Brief

Wednesday's Sports in Brief

NEW YORK (AP) Sensational comebacks have Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson headed for the Pro Bowl.

Also selected to the NFL's all-star game on Wednesday was Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, one of two rookies chosen for the Jan. 27 all-star game.

Manning missed all of the 2011 season with neck and back problems that required several operations. He then signed with Denver as a free agent and has led the Broncos on a 10-game winning streak to take the AFC West.

Manning, whose 12th Pro Bowl is a record for quarterbacks, ranks fourth in league passing this year, having thrown 34 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

San Francisco had the most players selected, nine, including six from its second-ranked defense. Houston was next with eight, six on offense.

One other rookie, Minnesota kicker Blair Walsh, was chosen. Walsh has nine field goals of at least 50 yards, an NFL mark.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - Tim Tebow says he never asked out of running wildcat plays last week, but the New York Jets backup quarterback acknowledges that Rex Ryan may have misunderstood him.

Tebow said that he told Ryan last Tuesday that he was ``definitely disappointed'' he wasn't going to be the starting quarterback in place of the benched Mark Sanchez and added that he told the coach he wanted to play ``regular quarterback.''

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger says despite a statistically successful year, his play was a key factor in Pittsburgh (7-8) failing to make the playoffs for only the fourth time since 2001.

``A lot of it just has to do with me not playing well enough down the stretch,'' Roethlisberger said. ``Fourth-quarter drives or last-minute throws, I'm just not making it happen, so my best answer would be that I just didn't play well enough.''

The Steelers controlled their playoff fate until a 13-10 loss to Cincinnati on Sunday eliminated them from the postseason.

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) - Linebacker Ray Lewis has been added to the Baltimore Ravens' 53-man roster, but coach John Harbaugh says the 17-year veteran will not play Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The 37-year-old was placed on the injured reserve-designated to return list after tearing his right triceps on Oct. 14. He returned to practice on Dec. 5, and in order for him to be eligible for the playoffs, the Ravens had to add him to the active roster by Wednesday.

DALLAS (AP) - A grand jury in Texas has formally indicted Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent on one count of intoxication manslaughter.

Brent is charged in connection with a Dec. 8 crash that killed his friend and Cowboys practice squad member Jerry Brown. He is out of jail on $100,000 bond.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

DETROIT (AP) - Ryan Radcliff threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Cody Wilson with 5:11 remaining to give Central Michigan the lead, and Western Kentucky was stopped on fourth down when a field goal would have tied the game in the final minute, giving the Chippewas a 24-21 win in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.

BASEBALL

BOSTON (AP) - The Red Sox acquired All-Star closer Joel Hanrahan from the Pittsburgh Pirates in a six-player deal.

Boston also received infielder Brock Holt and gave up right-handers Mark Melancon and Stolmy Pimentel, infielder Ivan DeJesus Jr. and first baseman-outfielder Jerry Sands.

Over the past two seasons, the right-handed Hanrahan had 76 saves, fourth most in the National League, and a 2.24 ERA. Last season, he was 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA and 36 saves.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The NBA game between the Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls was postponed by the snowstorm that hit the Indianapolis area.

The Pacers announced the postponement a few hours before the scheduled tip-off. No date had been set for rescheduling the game.

SOCCER

MANCHESTER, England (AP) - Manchester United took a seven-point lead in the Premier League standings as the season reached the halfway point. Javier Hernandez scored the winning goal in the 90th minute as United had to come from behind three times for a 4-3 victory over Newcastle.

Second-place Manchester City lost 1-0 at Sunderland to fall further behind United. Chelsea is now only four points behind City after Juan Mata clinched a 1-0 victory at Norwich.

MANCHESTER, England (AP) - Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will miss up to three weeks with a knee injury.

Manager Alex Ferguson says he strained a ligament behind the knee when he tried to hit a volley late in practice Tuesday.

PRO HOCKEY

MONTREAL (AP) - With the NHL lockout grinding through its fourth month, Montreal Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges looked to Twitter for a hockey game.

The 28-year-old Gorges extended an open invitation to his followers on the social network to join him at a Montreal rink during the Boxing Day holiday.

Fans responded in droves.

The scene didn't look much different from those playing out at countless parks and ponds across the country - except for the high turnout.

Dozens of players, ranging widely in age and skill level, packed into a rink in the city's Verdun neighborhood for a chance to skate alongside an NHL player.

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Why a Terrell Suggs return to Baltimore makes sense and what could prevent it from happening

Why a Terrell Suggs return to Baltimore makes sense and what could prevent it from happening

The Cardinals made a splash on Friday by waiving outside linebacker Terrell Suggs after just 13 games played in his Arizona career. 

The 37-year-old is now on waivers until Monday, where he’ll wait to see if he was claimed by one of the 31 other teams. Should he go unclaimed, he’ll be a free agent. 

Naturally, the immediate inclination was to assume a reunion was destined to happen between Suggs and the Ravens. Suggs is the all-time franchise leader in sacks (132.5) and games played (229), too.

But a reunion is more complicated than it might seem on the surface. 

This year, Suggs has 5.5 sacks, seven quarterback hits and 23 tackles. On the Ravens, those numbers would rank second, tied for third and 15th. But Suggs hasn’t registered a full sack since Oct. 20 and didn’t register a statistic in the team’s last game against the Steelers. 

Even still, with the need for proven pass-rushers across the league, Suggs is a desirable addition to any team looking to make a run.

Baltimore ranks 15th in sacks with 34, even with having played one more game than 30 other teams. The need is there for Suggs, who has already returned to the Ravens as a member of a different organization.

“It wasn’t circled, but when the schedule came out, I was like, ‘Yeah, I’m going to downplay it as just another game,’” Suggs said in September. “But we all know that’d be (expletive). It’s kind of a unique situation, isn’t it?”

Suggs has shown the ability this season to be, at the very least, a situational pass-rusher and one that can contribute through the end of the season. Which, as the season winds down, makes his services valuable to teams looking to make a playoff push. 

He’ll be cheap too, as he wouldn’t cost a ton of money against the cap — and would fit into the Ravens plans moving forward. 

The problem, however, is where the Ravens are in the waiver wire order — dead last.

Teams like the Seahawks and Texans, whose pass rush ranks worse than the Ravens at the moment, and the 49ers, who just lost Dee Ford for a month, all could use pass-rushers to bolster their front seven.

That doesn’t include the possibility of a team in the AFC adding Suggs for two reasons: To add to their pass rush, while keeping Suggs away from Baltimore. 

Preventing the AFC’s top team from acquiring a late-season pass-rusher, one that would provide a significant boost to the organization, might be tempting as well. 

But for storylines, need on the field and fit with the organization, Suggs is a match to return to Baltimore.

It seems clear that Suggs and the Ravens would’ve preferred to be married to one another for the duration of Suggs’ career, and now there’s a chance to bring him back on board for another run at a title. 

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Hayden Hurst receives a Madden speed rating bump after hitting 20mph in Week 14

Hayden Hurst receives a Madden speed rating bump after hitting 20mph in Week 14

Hayden Hurst wasn’t known as a speedster coming out of college. As an older-than-usual tight end, high-level speed wasn’t one of his bigger selling points as a prospect.

Don’t tell that to him, though.

On a 61-yard catch-and-run touchdown against the Bills in Week 14, Hurst reached a top speed of 20.5 mph, according to Next Gen Stats. That number is the highest reached by any Ravens offensive player this season.

That’s right. It’s not a typo. Faster than Lamar Jackson. Faster than Marquise Brown. 

So, of course, Hurst had to notify Madden, in case they felt the need to make any adjustments to his rating.

They did.

Hurst moved from a 83 speed rating to an 85. He’s still just 16th at his position, and behind many of his teammates. Jackson and Brown are in the mid-90s, and even fellow tight end Mark Andrews is still ahead of Hurst with an 86.

It’s nice to see Madden is willing to make changes when it’s deserved. Maybe a few more 60-yard touchdown receptions will help bump Hurst up to Andrews’ level.

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