49ers coach: no manning flirtation
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh insisted Wednesday that the 49ers planned to have Alex Smith as their quarterback even while they examined the possibility of signing then-free agent Peyton Manning.
Harbaugh ended his weekly meeting with reporters by addressing what he said is the "erroneous perception that we were flirting with Peyton Manning." Manning, who signed with the Broncos, worked out for the 49ers in North Carolina in March.
Harbaugh called the reports silly and phony, then spoke at length about his and the team's support for Smith.
Bucs: Former Seahawks scouting executive Eric Stokes was named director of college scouting. He replaces Dennis Hickey, promoted last year to director of player personnel overseeing the pro and college scouting departments.
Cowboys: Owner Jerry Jones said the team has no intention of trading former USF cornerback Mike Jenkins.
Packers: Donald Driver, the team's all-time leading receiver who is coming off a victory on Dancing with the Stars, finalized a restructured contract and joined the team for training, agent Jordan Woy told Fox Sports.
pro bowl: After players promised the game will be competitive, the league said it will hold the Pro Bowl in Honolulu on Jan. 27, a week before the Super Bowl.
'slash' retires: Seven years after he played his last game, Kordell "Slash" Stewart, 39, signed a one-day contract to retire a Steeler. He played his first eight seasons in Pittsburgh, where he was nicknamed "Slash" for his play as quarterback/running back/receiver.
Sapp back on nfl network: Ex-Buc Warren Sapp, dropped by Showtime's Inside the NFL, will return as an NFL Network analyst for another year, executive producer Eric Weinberger told USA Today.
soccer: Neymar converted a penalty kick and had two assists as Brazil took advantage of a sloppy U.S. backline to win 4-1 in an exhibition at Landover, Md. Herculez Gomez scored for the United States.
autos: IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard said on Twitter that several owners are trying to get him fired, as a story on Speed.com said. Michael Andretti, one of the owners named in the story, said on Twitter the report is "sensationalism." Owners have been upset over several issues.
Rick Stroud, Times staff writer; Times wires