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Manning is MVP - again

Associated Press / January 10, 2010

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Peyton Manning became the first player to win The Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player honors four times.

The Colts quarterback romped to the award in balloting by 50 sportswriters and broadcasters announced yesterday.

He received 39 1/2 votes to 7 1/2 for Drew Brees of the Saints. Only four players - all quarterbacks - earned votes. The other two were Philip Rivers of the Chargers (2) and Brett Favre of the Vikings (1).

Manning also won in 2003, 2004, and 2008, breaking a tie with Favre at three MVPs.

“I’m very humbled and grateful to be honored with this award and I really feel like it is a reflection of our team,’’ said Manning, who guided the Colts to a 14-0 start.

Manning, 33, threw for 4,500 yards and 33 touchdowns this season.

Seattle woos Carroll
Tod Leiweke, chief executive of the Seattle Seahawks, will fly to California today to interview Pete Carroll, as the struggling team closes in on a deal with the University of Southern California coach.

The Seahawks still do not have an agreement despite widespread reports, but are closing in on a coaching contract, according to a league official with direct knowledge of Seattle’s search.

The official told AP the team is in “discussions’’ with Carroll and does not plan on giving him the additional title of president. The official added the Seahawks will hire a general manager and coach separately.

The Pack is back
Today’s Packers-Cardinals NFC matchup is the last, and perhaps most intriguing, of the four wild-card games.

A young, marvelously talented quarterback, Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers, is in his first playoff game. Meanwhile, Arizona’s Kurt Warner, at 38 a master of the postseason, plays his 12th.

The Packers (11-5) have won seven of their last eight, the lone loss a last-second heartbreaker to Pittsburgh. But NFC West champion Arizona (10-6) is a better team than the one that made its stunning Super Bowl run a year ago, Warner said.

Green Bay beat Arizona, 33-7, a week ago in a largely meaningless regular-season finale.

Lynch is accused
Bills running back Marshawn Lynch reportedly has been accused of stealing $20 from a police officer’s wife. The Buffalo News reported that a complaint to police said Lynch took money from the woman last month at a restaurant in Hamburg, N.Y. The woman’s husband, a police sergeant, filed the complaint a day later . . . Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar will have his assets sold off, as a judge in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., changed Kosar’s bankruptcy case to a liquidation. Kosar listed $9.2 million in assets and $18.9 million in debt in court documents filed Sept. 23.

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