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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Peyton Manning OK’d by doctor but not yet by Colts

02.03.12 at 7:33 am ET
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FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Knicks at Celtics, 8 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI)
NBA: Lakers at Nuggets, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Rider at Loyola (Md.), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Cleveland State at Loyola (Ill.), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

SATURDAY:
NHL: Penguins at Bruins, 1 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Magic at Pacers, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Nuggets at Trail Blazers, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: Syracuse at St. John’s, noon (ESPN)
College basketball: Boston College at Georgia Tech, 1 p.m. (ESPNU; WRKO)
College basketball: Temple at Rhode Island, 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Ohio State at Wisconsin, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: North Carolina at Maryland, 4 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Kansas at Missouri, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

SUNDAY:
NFL: Super Bowl, Patriots vs. Giants, 6:29 p.m. (NBC; WEEI)
NHL: Bruins at Capitals, 12:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Grizzlies at Celtics, noon (CSNNE; WEEI)
College basketball: Michigan at Michigan State, 1 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: Villanova at Pittsburgh, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Miami at Duke, 3 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB:

Peyton Manning has clearance from his doctor to return to football. (AP)

♦ According to multiple reports, two doctors cleared Colts quarterback Peyton Manning to return to football, and a spokesman for one of the doctors confirmed this fact.

“Peyton Manning underwent a thorough medical re-evaluation as part of a postoperative visit with his surgeon,” read a Thursday statement from Dr. Robert Watkins, who performed neck surgery on Manning. “As a result of this examination, Manning is medically cleared to play professional football.”

However, Colts owner Jim Irsay took to Twitter in an attempt to deny that Manning has the OK to return. Wrote Irsay: Peyton has not passed our physical nor has he been cleared to play for The Indianapolis Colts. Irsay said a team statement would be released later Friday.

Manning and Irsay have said they will sit down after the Super Bowl to determine the player’s future with the team.

♦ A 36-year-old woman was charged with stalking and extorting Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. Louise Neathway, who has a history of arrests on similar charges, was arraigned Thursday for grand larceny, stalking and harassment.

According to the court complaint, Neathway asked Cashman to pay for a $15,000-plus medical procedure and threatened to contact the press and harm someone he knew. Cashman gave Neathway $6,000 but balked when she demanded more money.

Her lawyer said Neathway had a relationship with Cashman that ended badly, and that prosecutors “bought his account of how this happened, hook, line and sinker.”

♦ According to The Dallas Morning News, Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton had a relapse and drank alcohol at a Dallas bar this week, and the team acknowledged being “aware of a situation.”

Hamilton, the 2010 American League MVP, has had issues with drug and alcohol abuse most of his professional career. He was suspended for more than three years while in the Rays organization. Hamilton, who is tested three times a week for drugs, last had a well-publicized relapse in January 2009. He said he previously hadn’t taken a drink of alcohol since Oct. 6, 2005.

The Rangers had assigned hitting coach Jerry Narron to be an “accountability partner” for Hamilton, but Narron took a job with the Brewers in November.

♦ Ailing Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter, coach of the baseball team at Palm Beach Atlantic University, attended the team’s season-opener Thursday despite his battle with brain cancer. Carter, 57, gave the team a pregame pep talk and then watched the first few innings from a private booth in the press box, leaving before his team’s 3-2 victory was decided in the bottom of the ninth inning.

“It’s very rough to see him in the shape he is,” outfielder Ethan Perla told the Palm Beach Post. “But at the same time you have to be happy because he’s going to end up in a better place.”

♦ The NHL acknowledged a game-winning goal by the Kings against the Blue Jackets Wednesday night with four-tenths of a second remaining should not have counted, as the clock stopped for about a second just before the tally. The league has contacted the clock’s manufacturer to determine if the problem was a malfunction or operator error.

Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson posted a blog on the team’s website in which he was critical of the decision to allow the goal, but the post was later removed.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Feb. 3, 2002, the Patriots beat the Rams for their first Super Bowl title. Who scored the Patriots’ first touchdown?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It’s simple. Show up. We need all 23 guys showing up and working hard and playing with a bit of an edge and not going over it – that’s when we’re successful. We should know that by now. If we have any passengers, then we’re not successful.” – Bruins forward Shawn Thornton, after Thursday’s 3-0 loss to the Hurricanes

STAT OF THE DAY: 8 – Points for Oilers 22-year-old Sam Gagner in Thursday’s 8-4 victory over the Blackhawks, tying a team record held by Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey

‘NET RESULTS: Savalace Townsend of Arkansas Pine Bluff takes the lead for dunk of the year with this throwdown against Grambling.

For a Budweiser commercial, the beer company turned a rec league hockey game into a major production.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Ty Law, on a 47-yard interception return

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Dennis Edwards, lead singer of the Temptations on many of their 1970s hits, turns 69 Friday.

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