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Morning Sports Update: Peyton Manning hired investigators to vet HGH accuser

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning speaks to reporters at the Super Bowl. AP

We’re learning more about Peyton Manning and the Al Jazeera report, Tom Brady is going to the Super Bowl, and a former Carolina Panther still thinks the Patriots cheated.

Inside Peyton Manning’s secret investigation into Al Jazeera documentary: Five days before a documentary alleged that quarterback Peyton Manning and other star athletes had used performance-enhancing drugs, two men hired by Manning’s lawyers visited the parents of the documentary’s key witness. Both men wore black overcoats and jeans and, according to a 911 call from the house that evening, one initially said he was a law enforcement officer but didn’t have a badge. (TheWashington Post)

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Tom Brady expected at NFL ceremony honoring Super Bowl MVPs: Tom Brady is heading to Super Bowl 50 after all. The NFL announced on Thursday that the Patriots’ quarterback will participate in a pregame ceremony honoring previous Super Bowl MVPs on the field at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday. (Boston.com)

Ex-Panther Brad Hoover still believes the Patriots cheated: As the Panthers try to win their first championship in franchise history, players from the team that lost in the Panthers’ previous Super Bowl appearance think they got cheated. The latest ex-Panther to say so is Brad Hoover, who said on 610 WFNZ that he thinks the Patriots spied on the Panthers and knew their game plan. (NBC Sports)

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Why does Larry Bird think he is going to die young?: I tell my wife all the time, ‘You don’t see many 7-footers walking around at the age of 75,’’’ says Bird, who’s 6-foot-9. “She hates it when I say that. I know there are a few of us who live a long time, but most of us big guys don’t seem to last too long. I’m not lying awake at night thinking about it. If it goes, it goes.’’ (ESPN.com)

Mookie Betts bowled another perfect game because he’s a two-sport superstar: Mookie Betts is havin’ himself one heckuva month. As if the rapid approach of Spring Training and the unveiling of his R.B.I. 16 cover weren’t enough to have him whistling everywhere he walks, the 23-year-old Red Sox outfielder bowled his second perfect game of the last few weeks on Wednesday. (MLB.com)

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