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Morning Sports Update: NFL faces hurdles in the Peyton Manning HGH investigation

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is preparing for the Super Bowl. AP

A Boston Celtic is an All-Star, the Patriots are down a medical director, and the NFL continues to investigate the HGH allegations leveled against Peyton Manning.

Al Jazeera, HGH and the NFL: Where Things Stand: Yhe NFL faces significant hurdles in an investigation of Manning and the other players named by Al Jazeera. At the moment there appears to be no tangible evidence—documentation, legal proceedings, failed tests, etc.—of a policy violation. Moreover, the NFL has no power to compel key figures from the report such as Al Jazeera reporters, Guyer Institute workers or Sly to cooperate, and those figures may have little motivation to speak to the NFL. In Deflategate, important figures included Patriots employees who were contractually obligated to participate in the investigation. (MMQB.com)

Patriots medical director Matthew Provencher won’t return: The Patriots were considered the NFL’s most injury-plagued team this season, their players missing a combined 245 games. The team ultimately succumbed in part due to injuries, with numerous players unable to return to the field for pivotal games. The Patriots lost five of their last eight contests, including the AFC title game to Denver. (The Boston Globe)

Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas was just selected to his first NBA All-Star Game: Thomas, the only Celtics player selected as an All-Star this year, leads his 26-21 team with 21.6 points per game, 6.6 assists per game, and a plus/minus point differential of +4.2. Playing 32.4 minutes a game, he is also averaging 3.0 rebounds and 1.1 steals. (Boston.com)

Norton high school wrestler gives up undefeated season to opponent with Down Syndrome: Andy Howland of Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School (DRRHS) became the first opponent to beat Schuko this season, taking down down the No.1-ranked Massachusetts Division III wrestler in his weight class. For Howland, who has Down Syndrome, the win was the fullfilment of a dream. (Boston.com)

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