ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency is helping in the investigation of Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning's alleged link to a clinic that deals in human growth hormone.
This week, the NFL said it was conducting a comprehensive review into the case.
USADA CEO Travis Tygart said he could not comment on the case specifically because his agency, best known for overseeing U.S. Olympic sports, is assisting the NFL.
Al Jazeera reported last month that an intern at an Indianapolis anti-aging clinic was secretly recorded suggesting Manning's wife received deliveries of HGH, which is banned by the league, while Manning was recovering from neck surgeries.
The intern, Charles Sly, later recanted his story.
On Thursday, Manning said he welcomed the review. He said the report was, "garbage from the first day it came out, and it's still garbage today."
SUPPORT FOR MANZIEL: Johnny Manziel's relationship with the Browns can still be salvaged, owner Jimmy Haslam said. Manziel was benched last season by then-coach Mike Pettine for off-field misbehavior, and Haslam was asked if he was concerned that more videos have surfaced of Manziel partying. "I think we made clear, I don't have any different feelings than we had on Sunday January 3rd," Haslam said referring to the final day of the season. "I think Johnny made progress on the field last year. We have a certain expectation for our players and he's got to live up to those expectations." New coach Hue Jackson is expected to talk with Manziel soon. Cleveland Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown said Manziel deserves patience. "I know a lot of kids that if you don't know how to deal with them, you lose them," he said. "They don't come ready-made. But on the other hand the argument is that he's a man. He should know how to conduct himself. He has an opportunity.''
TICKET PROBE: New York authorities are investigating whether the NFL is engaging in anti-competitive practices on its ticket-selling website. The investigation is part of a larger probe by State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman into high event ticket pricing. Schneiderman released a report that criticizes "price floors" for game tickets, particularly by sports leagues, including the NFL. The report said many NFL teams encourage or require ticket holders to use Ticketmaster's NFL Ticket Exchange platform, where the seller is prohibited from cutting the price below face value. A league spokesman said the NFL Ticket Exchange is just one of many ticket options.
SUPER BOWL's best: The league announced its Super Bowl 50 Golden Team, but no Bucs made it. One Dolphin was named, safety Jake Scott. The Steelers' Chuck Noll was the coach, and the 23 starters included 49ers quarterback Joe Montana, Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith, Cowboys/49ers defensive back Deion Sanders, Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor and Steelers defensive lineman Joe Greene. Complete list, 5C.
chargers: The team is making plans for a practice compound in Southern California as its considers a possible move to the Los Angeles market this year. The team said the 5-acre parcel in the Orange County city of Santa Ana would be the site of its interim headquarters and training facilities, if it moves.