In Brief

FOOTBALL

Chiefs express interest
in Colts QB Manning

NFL team officials and coaches have tried to avoid any discussion about Peyton Manning during the annual scouting combine in Indianapolis.

However, on Saturday, Kansas City coach Romeo Crennel let it slip that the Chiefs would be interested in pursuing the four-time league Most Valuable Player — if the Colts let him leave as a free agent.

“I’m not supposed to talk about anybody else’s players, and he’s still a player with Indianapolis,” Crennel said, referring to the league’s tampering rules. “But with a talent like that, I would be crazy not to consider it if he were available. I’ll leave it at that.”

That’s as close as anyone has gotten to speculating about Manning’s future in the past week.

BOXING

Povetkin edges Huck
to retain WBA crown

Alexander Povetkin did just enough to earn a majority decision over Marco Huck and retain his WBA heavyweight title in Stuttgart, Germany.

Huck, the WBO cruiserweight champion, had the 32-year-old Povetkin staggering back against the ropes in the fourth and seventh rounds, but the German couldn’t deliver a knockout blow.

Povetkin (24-0) edged Huck (34-2) 116-113 and 116-112, with the third judge scoring it a draw at 114.

Also: Devon Alexander, in his first fight in the 147-pound division, used the added weight to record a unanimous 10-round decision over Argentina’s Marcos Maidana in St. Louis.

Alexander (23-1), a former WBC and IBF junior welterweight champion fighting in his hometown, beat Maidana (31-3) by scores of 100-90, 100-90 and 99-91.

MISCELLANEOUS

Findlay Prep breezes
to win vs. La Jolla Prep

Oregon signee Dominic Artis poured in 33 points on 11-for-15 shooting to help Findlay Prep’s basketball team roll past visiting La Jolla Prep (Calif.) 110-81 at Henderson International.

Winston Shepard, a senior who has committed to San Diego State, added 25 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for the Pilots (29-1), ranked No. 2 in the nation by USA Today.

Also: Connecticut basketball coach Jim Calhoun said he hopes to return to the bench this season for the defending national champions, after he undergoes back surgery Monday.

Calhoun, 69, said he has gone through 10 days of cortisone shots, which took away some of the pain, and he’s looking forward to the procedure. He has been on a medical leave of absence since Feb. 3 because of spinal stenosis, a painful narrowing of the spine.

The Wranglers rallied to claim a 2-1 shootout victory over the Alaska Aces in an ECHL game at Anchorage.

Las Vegas’ Sean Wiles tied the game at 1 with three minutes left in regulation. Neither team scored in the five-minute overtime, but the Wranglers (35-18-5) got two shootout goals, to one for Alaska, in six rounds.

Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland won her eighth career WTA title, defeating Julia Goerges of Germany 7-5, 6-4 at the Dubai Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Radwanska will rise one place to a career-best No. 5 when the world rankings are released Monday.

Canadian Milos Raonic beat Benjamin Becker of Germany 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinals of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in Memphis, Tenn., reaching his second final in two weeks.

Raonic won at San Jose last week and is 15-1 this year. In the final, he will face Austrian Jurgen Melzer, a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 winner over No. 3 seed Radek Stepanek.

Favorite El Padrino edged Mark Valeski in a close finish to win the Grade 2, $300,000 Risen Star Stakes in New Orleans, the final prep for the Louisiana Derby. Neither horse was separated by more than a neck for most of the final stretch, leaving the rest of the field of 11 up the track.

The Factor defeated Sway Away by a half-length to win the $200,000 San Carlos Stakes at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif., giving Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert his 16th victory in his past 17 races nationally.

Ridden by Martin Garcia, The Factor ran seven furlongs in 1 minute, 20.56 seconds and paid $3.40, $2.80 and $2.10 as the 17-10 favorite.

Daniel Summerhays shot 4-under-par 67 to take a two-stroke lead over Chris Stroud (68) at the PGA Tour’s Mayakoba Golf Classic in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Summerhays had a 12-under 201 total.

Americans Katie Futcher and Angela Stanford and South Korea’s Jenny Shin all shot 1-under 71 to stay tied for the lead at the LPGA Tour’s HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore.

Futcher led most of the third round, jumping ahead with a birdie on the second hole. But a bogey on 18 allowed Stanford and Shin to regain a share of the lead at 9-under 207.

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