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Manning sets record, Broncos beat Bengals 31-23

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Manning sets record, Broncos beat Bengals 31-23

CINCINNATI (AP) Peyton Manning had no trouble clearing those two interceptions out of his head and leading a fourth-quarter comeback.

``I've been there before,'' the four-time MVP said.

And no one's ever been better at it.

Manning threw for a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter Sunday, rallying the Denver Broncos to a 31-23 victory that left him 8-0 against the Cincinnati Bengals, who couldn't hold on when they thought they might finally have him.

Instead, Manning led the 48th game-winning drive of his career, moving ahead of Dan Marino for the NFL record. He completed all six of his passes in the final quarter, when Denver (5-3) got a firsthand idea of how he responds to the biggest moments.

``He is special at it,'' coach John Fox said.

Especially when he's playing the Bengals (3-5), who have failed every time they've faced him. Manning threw three touchdown passes Sunday, giving him five games against Cincinnati with at least three TDs.

His two second-half interceptions - one in the end zone, both by cornerback Terence Newman - helped the Bengals pull ahead 20-17 early in the fourth quarter.

``That's not the scenario we wanted,'' Manning said. ``Anytime you're on the road and have a chance to put a team away, you want to do it. You don't want to give a team a little life, which is what we did.''

In the end, it didn't matter. Denver has outscored its opponents 103-23 in the final quarter, the biggest point differential in the league.

``There's no panic,'' receiver Brandon Stokley said. ``That's what this team is all about.''

Manning's 1-yard touchdown to tight end Joel Dreessen put Denver ahead. After Andy Dalton underthrew a pass that was picked off by Champ Bailey, Manning put it away with a 4-yard pass to Eric Decker with 3:36 left.

``He's a great competitor,'' Stokley said. ``He is who he is, and it's what I've seen from him for 14 years.''

Manning was 27 of 35 for 291 yards for a passer rating of 105.8. He came up 9 yards short of tying Steve Young's NFL record of five straight games with 300 yards and three touchdown passes.

After a neck injury threatened his career and ended his stay in Indianapolis, Manning has regained his touch with Denver. The Broncos have scored 37, 21, 35, 34 and 31 points in their past five games, winning four of them.

The Broncos also got a team-record 105-yard kickoff return from Trindon Holliday to open the second half.

``I think this team needs to go through different scenarios and have one of these tight second-half games,'' Manning said. ``The more you can go through it as a unit, the more you can draw on it later in the season. Anytime you can win going through those scenarios, that's a plus.''

The Bengals came out of their bye week with their season at a turning point. Coach Marvin Lewis went out of character and challenged Dalton and middle linebacker Rey Maualuga to become more vocal leaders, underscoring that things were slipping away.

``Losing is bad,'' Lewis said. ``We've lost four games in a row and we have a hard road to go.''

His quarterback made the game-changing play. Trailing 24-20, the Bengals had two holding penalties and a false start that set up a third-and-25 at their own 18.

As he was about to get hit, Dalton heaved a pass toward A.J. Green that was underthrown. Bailey intercepted at the Cincinnati 46-yard line, giving Dalton an interception in every game this season. The Broncos then put it away.

``It's one of those where you take a shot with A.J. and either he's catching it or nobody's catching it,'' Dalton said. ``I had pressure in my face. I threw it and couldn't get enough on it - I was getting hit.''

The four-game losing streak leaves Cincinnati staring at another lost season.

``If we don't get those things corrected, it's going to be a long year,'' Newman said.

NOTES: Holliday's kickoff return was the longest allowed by Cincinnati. ... Broncos RG Chris Kuper hurt his left ankle late in the third quarter and had to be helped off the field. Fox said X-rays were negative, but more tests were needed. ... Decker became the fifth Bronco to catch a TD pass in five straight games. ... Bengals first-round pick Dre Kirkpatrick was active for the first time and made his debut on the punt team. He hadn't played because of a knee injury during the summer. ... Green had a TD catch for the seventh straight game, the third-longest streak in team history.

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Wizards have talked to the Spurs about Kawhi Leonard, report says

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Wizards have talked to the Spurs about Kawhi Leonard, report says

After already making significant changes to their roster, the Wizards may not be done this offseason, as they have been in talks with the San Antonio Spurs about a potential trade for superstar Kawhi Leonard, according to a new report by ESPN

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Still, the bidding war among Boston, Philadelphia and the Lakers never materialized. The Los Angeles Clippers, Denver, Phoenix, Portland, Toronto and Washington are among teams who've talked with San Antonio, league sources said.

The Wizards certainly make sense as a Leonard suitor. They are in the East, meaning the Spurs could trade Leonard to them and not have to worry about facing him as often. Plus, they have a solid group of tradeable assets and ones that seem to fit the Spurs model.

Otto Porter is a versatile, young player under team control who plays an unselfish style and would likely embrace playing in a small market. He also has a salary ($26M in 2018-19) that isn't far off from Leonard's ($21M in 2018-19), so the money could be easily matched.

The Wizards also have Tomas Satoransky and Kelly Oubre, Jr., two young and up-and-coming players. Plus, they have draft picks, though ones that are unlikely to convey as lottery selections.

The Spurs have reportedly been more interested in getting players that can help now rather than draft picks to rebuild. That makes sense, as they still won 47 games last year despite Leonard only playing in nine of them due to injury.

The question in any Wizards and Spurs talks would be whether they would want one of Washington's All-Stars in John Wall and Bradley Beal. It would be tough to imagine the Wizards parting with either guy for Leonard, who carries some risk not only because of his quadriceps injury but also because he can opt out of his contract and leave after next season.

Just because the Wizards have talked to the Spurs doesn't mean they are serious contenders for Leonard, but it does show they are serious about improving their roster this summer. If they got Leonard and didn't part with Wall and Beal, that would be some team.

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Orioles reportedly have deal in place to trade Manny Machado to Dodgers

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Orioles reportedly have deal in place to trade Manny Machado to Dodgers

When Manny Machado returns from the 2018 MLB All-Star Break, he will not be donning a Baltimore Orioles uniform. 

The All-Star shortstop is expected to be traded from Baltimore to the Los Angeles Dodgers, barring any last-minute changes, according to multiple media reports. 

That being said, the Machado trade talks remain fluid and both the Phillies and Brewers are still trying to work a trade for the 26-year-old third baseman, according to Jon Heyman. The Diamondbacks are also reportedly trying to lure the four-time All-Star to the desert, while the Yankees decided to pull out of the Machado sweepstakes just prior to the All-Star festivities in Washington, D.C. 

While the details of the trade have yet to be revealed, the Dodgers will reportedly include top outfield prospect Yusniel Diaz in the Machado trade, according to Heyman.

According to Jim Bowden, when regular-season play returns, Machado will be in the National League, although which team he plays for is still up in the air.

With the Orioles sitting a historically awful 39.5 games out of first place at the All-Star Break, trading Machado is the first major step toward a complete overhaul. The Orioles drafted Machado out of Brito High School in Miami, Fla., with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2010 MLB Draft. Since then, Machado has drawn comparisons to iconic third basemen Brooks Robinson and Alex Rodriguez, despite being moved to shortstop full-time this past season, and is widely considered one of the three best position players in professional baseball.

Machado is currently batting .315 with 24 home runs and 65 RBIs.

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