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Both Manning brothers chosen for Pro Bowl

Wed., Dec. 17, 2008

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.

The Giants also landed the oldest Pro Bowler, 44-year-old kicker John Carney, who also set a record for the longest time between Pro Bowl appearances – 14 years.

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. Favre and Johnny Unitas are the only quarterbacks to appear in 10 Pro Bowls.

For Pro Bowl rosters see Scoreboard on page C4.

•Vick may be moved: Former NFL star 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. Vick is serving a 23-month prison term in Leavenworth, Kan., for bankrolling a dogfighting conspiracy and is scheduled to be released from federal custody around July 20.

•Laurinaitis heads All-America team: Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis became a three-time AP All-American, joining Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Sam Bradford of Oklahoma and Texas Tech receiver Michael Crabtree on the All-America first team.

Among the other players to make the first team three times were San Diego State running back Marshall Faulk (1991-93), Pittsburgh offensive lineman Bill Fralic (1982-84), Georgia running back Hershel Walker (1980-82) and Pittsburgh defensive end Hugh Green (1978-80).

Alabama led all schools with three players on the first team – offensive tackle Andre Smith, center Antoine Caldwell and nose guard Terrence Cody.

Southern Cal had two players from its top-ranked defense make the first team – linebacker Rey Maualuga and safety Taylor Mays.


Clippers top Thunder

Zach Randolph had 22 points and 13 rebounds for his fourth straight double-double, and rookie Eric Gordon fueled a 10-point run in the fourth quarter as the visiting Los Angeles Clippers put away the Oklahoma City Thunder 98-88 for their third straight win.

•Bobcats snap skid: D.J. Augustin scored a career-high 29 points while outplaying fellow rookie point guard Derrick Rose, and the Charlotte Bobcats snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 110-101 overtime victory over the visiting Chicago Bulls.

•Lakers nip Knicks: Kobe Bryant scored nine of his 28 points in the last 71/2 minutes, and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied from a 15-point halftime deficit to beat the visiting New York Knicks 116-114. Nate Robinson scored a season-high 33 for New York.

•Blazers end slide: Brandon Roy scored 29 points before sitting out the fourth quarter, and the Portland Trail Blazers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 109-77 victory over the visiting Sacramento Kings.

•Rockets soar over Nuggets: Tracy McGrady notched his fourth career triple-double – 20 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists – and Yao Ming scored 32 points to send the host Houston Rockets to a 108-96 win over the Denver Nuggets.

College basketball

Stanford women upset

Karima Christmas scored 10 of her career-high 14 points in the second half and chased down a critical rebound that led No. 8 Duke (7-1) to a 56-52 win over No. 3 Stanford (7-2) in Durham, N.C.

•Tennessee men win: Wayne Chism scored 21 of his 26 points in the second half, and No. 16 Tennessee (7-2) rolled to an 80-68 win over No. 24 Marquette (8-2) in Nashville, Tenn., in the second game of the Southeastern Conference/Big East Invitational.


Leafs edge Devils

Vesa Toskala stopped Travis Zajac on a breakaway in the final seconds of overtime and Jason Blake had the winning goal in the shootout to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 3-2 victory over the visiting New Jersey Devils.

•Stars win in OT: Loui Eriksson scored two goals, including the winner with 1:21 left in overtime, to help the host Dallas Stars beat the Phoenix Coyotes 2-1.


Harrington wins award

Ireland’s Padraig Harrington won the PGA Tour player of the year award.

Harrington, only the fourth player to win the British Open and PGA Championship in the same season, became the first European player to win the PGA Tour award since it began in 1990.

Andres Romero of Argentina was voted rookie of the year, while Dudley Hart received comeback player of the year. Bernhard Langer was Champions Tour player of the year.

•Braves, Furcal near deal: Free-agent shortstop Rafael Furcal is close to accepting a $30 million, three-year offer to return to the Atlanta Braves.

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