INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Barring a last-minute change of heart, the Indianapolis Colts are expected to release quarterback Peyton Manning after a 14-year star turn that included one Super Bowl title and a record four MVP awards.
The Colts scheduled a news conference for noon Wednesday without saying why, but a person with knowledge of the decision said the team planned to announce it was parting ways with Manning rather than pay him a $28 million bonus. He would become a free agent.
Almost a week after the NFL pointed to them for failing to stop a bounty program involving some two dozen Saints players, coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis apologized and took the blame for violations that "happened under our watch."
"These are serious violations and we understand the negative impact it has had on our game," Payton and Loomis said in a joint statement. "Both of us have made it clear within our organization that this will never happen again, and make that same promise to the NFL and most importantly to all of our fans."
Payton and Loomis also said New Orleans owner Tom Benson "had nothing to do" with the bounty pool.
HOUSTON (AP) -- Texans running back Arian Foster signed a five-year, $43.5 million deal to stay in Houston.
An undrafted free agent in 2009, Foster made $525,000 last season. He was the NFL's leading rusher in 2010 with 1,616 yards. He then ran for 1,224 yards and 10 touchdowns last season.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- Former San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Roland Lakes has died. He was 72.
The team said Lakes died Monday.
The second-round draft pick by San Francisco in 1961 out of Wichita State played 10 of his 11 NFL seasons with the Niners, spending his final season of 1971 with the New York Giants before retiring.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was cleared for contact, a big step toward his return from concussion-like symptoms.
Crosby went through drills with his teammates, the first time he's been a full participant in practice since the symptoms returned after a loss to Boston on Dec. 5.
MIAMI (AP) -- Heat guard Dwyane Wade did not start the second half of Miami's game against New Jersey after turning his right ankle, but said afterward he would have returned against the Nets if he had been needed.
He expects to play against Atlanta on Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Ohio State's Jared Sullinger and freshmen Austin Rivers of Duke and teammates Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Anthony Davis of Kentucky are among the 15 finalists for the John R. Wooden Award given to the nation's top men's college basketball player.
The winner will be announced on ESPN at the Final Four in New Orleans and the award will be presented April 6 at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Georgetown great Patrick Ewing and former Kansas star Clyde Lovellette lead a 10-member class that will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in November.
The two post players will be joined by North Carolina's Phil Ford, Wyoming's Kenny Sailors, Grambling's Willis Reed and Winston-Salem State's Earl Monroe.
Also inducted will be Joe B. Hall, who followed Adolph Rupp as the coach of Kentucky, and Dave Robbins, who won more than 700 games at Virginia Union.
LONDON (AP) -- The British government rejected advice from the Olympic team's top doctor that athletes should not shake hands at the London Games to avoid germs that could make them sick.
Government health advisers seemed perplexed by the guidelines, which Olympic hopefuls derided as "rude" and "pointless."
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazilian table tennis player Hugo Hoyama will compete in his sixth Olympics in London, equaling his country's record.
The 42-year-old Hoyama will join five-time Olympic sailing medalist Torben Grael as the Brazilians with the most appearances at the games.
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates and All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen agreed to a six-year, $51.5 million deal.
McCutchen is under contract with the Pirates through the 2017 season, and there's a club option for 2018.
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- Infielder Carlos Guillen, a three-time All-Star, is retiring after 14 major league seasons.
He was in the Seattle Mariners' spring training camp as a non-roster invitee.
The 36-year-old Guillen hit .285 during his career with Seattle (1998-2003) and the Detroit Tigers (2004-11).
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- TCU and Baylor pitchers combined for an NCAA single-game record by hitting 13 batters with pitches.
Horned Frogs pitchers matched the record 10 by one team in their 9-4 victory. Three TCU batters were also hit by pitches.
CHICAGO (AP) -- The U.S. Soccer Federation and Major League Soccer have formed an organization to manage referees in North American professional leagues.
The Professional Referee Organization is designed to increase the quality of officiating in U.S. and Canadian leagues, develop more officials at a younger age and develop refs who can referee the United States and Canada in FIFA competitions.
Former English referee Peter Walton has been hired to run the organization.
LE LAC DE VASSIVIERE, France (AP) -- Alejandro Valverde of Spain won the third stage of the Paris-Nice race in a sprint finish, while British rider Bradley Wiggins kept his overall lead.
TRACK AND FIELD
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- It wasn't much of a race, but then it really couldn't have been as the world's fastest man and Britain's Prince Harry met up on a track in the Jamaican capital.
Wearing a track suit emblazoned with Jamaica's colors of green, black and gold, the prince got off to a false start and was about 50 meters down the track as Usain Bolt bent over with laughter. The Olympic champion then jogged up to a grinning Harry, striking one of his signature lightning bold poses for a crowd of onlookers at the University of the West Indies.
Later, the two exchanged pleasantries and talked about running for a small audience, including many athletes.
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- The U.S. Women's Open Championship finals in Reno this summer are being moved outdoors in a bid to boost interest.
The head of the Bowling Proprietors Association of America said the title will be determined June 27 on temporary lanes beneath the arch that proclaims Reno the "Biggest Little City in the World."