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Manning nixes retirement talk

NFL: Peyton Manning still intends to play football.

He’s also no fan of the Colts’ big offseason overhaul that included the firing of coach Jim Caldwell and other executives.

In an interview that appeared Tuesday in the Indianapolis Star, Manning touched on everything from his future plans to the difficulty he’s had coping with all the changes.

One thing Manning does know is that last week’s discussion about his “impending” departure from football was premature. He poked fun at the frenzy surrounding a Twitter post from actor Rob Lowe, who wrote Manning was expected to announce his retirement last week.

“I never thought ‘Sodapop Curtis’ would announce my retirement,” he said, referring to Lowe’s character in the 1983 movie “The Outsiders.” “I always thought I would be the one to announce it.”

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Aden earns national nod

Men’s college basketball: Washington State guard Faisal Aden received his second player of the week award as the U.S. Basketball Writers Association honored Aden with its Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week award.

Aden was named Pac-12 Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 28.5 points in two WSU wins over Stanford and California last weekend. He scored a career-high 33 points against the Cardinal and made 19 of his 29 field-goal attempts during the weekend.

Torrid Chiefs travel to Everett

Hockey: The Spokane Chiefs wrap up their 10-game Western Hockey League regular-season series against the Everett Silvertips on the road tonight.

Spokane is 8-1-1-0 in its last 10 games and plays three times in four nights this week.

The Chiefs are 7-1-1-0 against Everett this season and posted a perfect five-game home record against the Silvertips. But Spokane has struggled when playing in Everett.

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