Manning and Peterson punctuate Pro Bowl picks
NEW YORK – Sensational comebacks have Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson headed for the Pro Bowl.
Also selected Wednesday to the NFL’s all-star game was Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Four other Broncos made the AFC roster: defensive end Elvis Dumervil, linebacker Von Miller, cornerback Champ Bailey and tackle Ryan Clady.
One other rookie, Minnesota kicker Blair Walsh, was chosen. Walsh has nine field goals of at least 50 yards, an NFL mark.
San Francisco had the most players selected, nine, including six from its second-ranked defense. Houston was next with eight, six on offense.
Cowboys’ Brent indicted for crash that killed teammate
DALLAS – A grand jury in Texas formally indicted Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent on one count of intoxication manslaughter.
Brent is charged in connection with a Dec. 8 crash that killed his friend and Cowboys practice-squad member Jerry Brown. He is out of jail on $100,000 bond.
Intoxication manslaughter carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
Tebow says wildcat opt-out was a misunderstanding
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Tim Tebow said he never asked out of running wildcat plays last week, but the New York Jets backup quarterback acknowledges that coach Rex Ryan may have misunderstood him.
Tebow said Wednesday that he told Ryan last Tuesday that he was “definitely disappointed” he wasn’t going to be the starting quarterback in place of the benched Mark Sanchez and added that he told the coach he wanted to play “regular quarterback.”
Tebow said he realized that Ryan might have misinterpreted his comments and reiterated to the coach last Friday he would do anything the team asked of him.
Major League Baseball
Red Sox close six-player deal for an All-Star closer
BOSTON – The Red Sox have acquired All-Star closer Joel Hanrahan from the Pittsburgh Pirates in a six-player deal.
Boston completed the trade Wednesday, also receiving infielder Brock Holt. The Red Sox gave up right-handers Mark Melancon and Stolmy Pimentel, infielder Ivan DeJesus Jr. and first baseman-outfielder Jerry Sands.
Over the last two seasons, the right-handed Hanrahan had 76 saves, fourth most in the National League, and a 2.24 ERA. Last season, he was 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA and 36 saves.
Holt hit .292 in 24 games with the Pirates, all in September.
Melancon was 0-2 with a 6.20 ERA in 41 relief appearances last season. Pimentel spent the season at Double-A Portland. Sands and DeJesus were obtained in a trade that sent Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Aug. 25.
The prodigal veteran Ibanez returns home to Seattle
SEATTLE – The Seattle Mariners officially announced Wednesday their $2.75 million, one-year deal with outfielder Raul Ibanez, returning the veteran to where he began his major- league career in 1996.
The deal allows Ibanez to earn an additional $1.25 million in performance bonuses. The 40-year-old Ibanez hit .240 with 19 homers and 62 RBIs in 384 at-bats for the Yankees last season.
Jones’ wife says former Brave dragged her down the stairs
ATLANTA – Police say the wife of former Atlanta Braves star Andruw Jones accused him of dragging her down a staircase, grabbing her neck and saying he wanted to kill her.
A police report said the fight happened around 1:30 a.m. Christmas Day, after Nicole Jones asked her husband to help prepare their home for Christmas morning.
Jones was free on bond after being arrested on a battery charge, according to Gwinnett County Jail records.