In Brief


Manning has lengthy meeting
with Cardinals; Titans interested

Peyton Manning had another marathon session during the second stop in his search for a new team.

The free-agent quarterback spent nearly 6½ hours at the Arizona Cardinals’ headquarters and training facility in Tempe on Sunday, in meetings designed to lure the superstar to the desert.

The session was even longer than the nearly six hours Manning spent at the Broncos’ facility in Denver on Friday night.

Manning waved and smiled at cheering fans as he walked from the building to coach Ken Whisenhunt’s white SUV. With the coach at the wheel, Manning waved again as the SUV pulled through the security gate and past the loud supporters.

He was expected to return to his home in Florida. It was unclear whether the four-time Most Valuable Player planned to meet with the Dolphins.

No one involved in the session, including Cardinals star wideout Larry Fitzgerald, spoke to reporters.

Meanwhile, Titans owner Bud Adams said he wants to sign Manning and that he will do whatever is necessary to convince the quarterback to come to Tennessee, even offering a job in the front office once his playing career ends.

Adams, 89, told The Tennessean that he has contacted Manning’s agent, Tom Condon, to express his interest and ask for the quarterback to visit the Titans.

Also: A person with knowledge of the situation said wide receiver Randy Moss will work out today for the San Francisco 49ers. Moss, 35, is attempting to make a comeback after a year out of the NFL.


Cuban pitcher Concepcion, 20,
signs five-year pact with Cubs

The Chicago Cubs and Cuban left-hander Gerardo Concepcion agreed to a five-year major league contract. The 20-year-old will report to the team’s minor league camp in Mesa, Ariz.

Concepcion earned Cuban National Series Rookie of the Year honors last season after going 10-3 with a 3.36 ERA in 21 games, including 16 starts, for the Industriales.

Also: Ailing Mets third baseman David Wright will return to New York to have his sore ribcage examined.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said he expects Wright will receive a cortisone shot. Wright has not played in an exhibition game this year.


Emerson lifts UNLV softball
to victory over Notre Dame

Paige Emerson hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning, lifting the UNLV softball team to a 3-2 victory over Notre Dame to cap the Long Beach State Invitational in Long Beach, Calif.

The Irish forced extra innings on Emilee Koerner’s two-out RBI triple in the bottom of the seventh.

Starter Amanda Oliveto pitched the distance for UNLV (8-7), allowing three hits and a walk while striking out six. Oliveto retired 17 straight batters at one point after allowing a single with two outs in the first inning.

Also: The UNLV baseball team blew an 8-4 lead in the final three innings, losing 9-8 to Washington State at Wilson Stadium.

The Cougars scored three runs in the seventh, one in the eighth and one in the ninth.

Danny Higa had an RBI triple for the Rebels (9-7), and Trent Cook went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run.

The UNLV men’s tennis team beat Northern Arizona 6-1 at the Fertitta Tennis Complex.

The Rebels took two of three doubles matches for the first point and then won five of six in singles play. Rene Ruegamer outlasted Robin Pezzutto in a super-tiebreaker at No. 1, 6-3, 2-6, 1-0 (14-12).

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, who both had first-round byes, rolled through second-round matches at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif.

Nadal, seeded second, beat Leonardo Mayer 6-1, 6-3 in Nadal’s first singles match since losing the Australian Open final to Novak Djokovic on Jan. 29. The third-seeded Federer won 6-4, 6-1 over Denis Kudla.

Women’s top seed Victoria Azarenka routed No. 25 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1, 6-2, and American teenager Christina McHale stunned Wimbledon champion and 2011 WTA player of the year Petra Kvitova, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3.

George McNeill birdied his last three holes for a 3-under-par 69 and a 16-under 272 total to rally past Japanese star Ryo Ishikawa and win the PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open in Rio Grande.

Ishikawa, playing on the anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that left his homeland in ruins, closed with a 68 and had a one-shot lead. McNeill caught him with a birdie on the 16th, took the lead with a birdie on the 17th and added another birdie on the par-5 18th.

The NHRA Gatornationals event in Gainesville, Fla., was postponed until today. Intermittent showers forced the sanctioning body to halt elimination rounds several times.

Las Vegan Rob MacCachren beat a field of 207 starters to win the overall and Trophy Truck titles in the SCORE San Felipe 250 at San Felipe, Mexico.

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