ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- Indianapolis owner Jim Irsay backed down a bit after Broncos coach John Fox and former Colts general manager Bill Polian chided him for comments critical of Peyton Manning.
Fox used his weekly SiriusXM NFL Radio appearance Tuesday to criticize the Colts' owner for sounding ungrateful for all Manning did for his team and city, including winning a Super Bowl in 2007, and Polian used the same platform to say Irsay was wrong in both his facts and opinions.
After a series of tweets defending himself Tuesday night, Irsay took to Twitter on Wednesday to say he meant that if the Colts had given Manning better special teams and defense, they could have won more than one Super Bowl, instead of asking the quarterback to do too much.
Manning refused to get pulled into the fray, dictating the terms of his Wednesday news conference as effectively as he orchestrates his offense from the line of scrimmage.
''I don't have an answer for you on that, or any comment on that,'' was Manning's response to the first, predictable question of his news conference - the one asking for reaction to Irsay's comments.
The Broncos play at Indianapolis on Sunday night.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - Ndamukong Suh has been fined again by the NFL.
The Detroit Lions defensive tackle was docked $31,500 by the league for a hit on Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the fine had not been announced.
Since Detroit selected Suh No. 2 overall in 2010, he has been fined seven times for more than $200,000.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Carl Nicks, one of three members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers diagnosed with MRSA, has had surgery to get rid of the staph infection.
The 28-year-old guard had surgery Tuesday night and coach Greg Schiano said that Nicks is doing well.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - New England linebacker Jerod Mayo was placed on season-ending injured reserve.
The two-time Pro Bowl standout hurt his chest in the fourth quarter of the Patriots' 30-27 win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
IRVING, Texas (AP) - The Dallas Cowboys released defensive tackle Jay Ratliff, saying he failed a physical after spending the first six weeks of the season on the physically unable to perform list.
Ratliff missed the last six games of the 2012 season with a sports hernia injury and never made it on the field this year after getting injured during the conditioning test before training camp in July.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - The New York Giants signed veteran running back Peyton Hillis.
Hillis is a six-year veteran with a 1,000-yard season on his resume. He has played for Denver, Cleveland and Kansas City, and has 2,470 yards and 21 touchdowns for his career.
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Nebraska coach Tom Osborne and College Football Hall of Fame quarterback Archie Manning are among the 13 people who will be part of the College Football Playoff selection committee in 2014.
The committee members were officially unveiled, though the names had been reported last week by The Associated Press and other media outlets. Earlier this week, Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long was announced as the chairman of the first selection committee for the new postseason system that replaces the Bowl Championship Series next year.
The committee will choose four teams to play in the national semifinals and seed them. The winners of those games, played on a rotating basis at six bowl sites, will meet a week later for the national championship.
DALLAS (AP) - Mark Cuban won a yearslong fight with the federal government when jurors decided that the billionaire basketball team owner did not commit insider-trading when he sold his stake in an Internet company in 2004.
The jury in federal district court in Dallas said that the Securities and Exchange Commission failed to prove the key elements of its case, including the claim that Cuban agreed to keep certain information confidential and not trade on it.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Don Baylor is returning to the Los Angeles Angels to be their hitting coach.
The Angels hired Baylor to replace Jim Eppard, who wasn't retained by manager Mike Scioscia.
The 64-year-old Baylor had been Arizona's hitting coach for the past three years. The former manager of the Rockies and Cubs should be a respected veteran voice on Scioscia's coaching staff, which is undergoing an overhaul after the big-budget Angels' worst season in a decade.
ABERDEEN, Md. (AP) - Police charged a man with trying to carjack baseball great Cal Ripken's mother in a bank parking lot in Maryland.
Aberdeen police charged Jesse Bowen, 33, of Havre de Grace with attempted armed robbery, attempted armed carjacking, possessing a dangerous weapon, first degree assault and several controlled substance related charges. He was being held without bond.
A man with a handgun approached 75-year-old Vi Ripken on Tuesday afternoon near NBRS Bank in Aberdeen, a town about 25 miles north of Baltimore, police said. Ripken activated a key alarm and the man left.
SOUTHAMPTON, Bermuda (AP) - Masters champion Adam Scott had a record round at Port Royal to win the PGA Grand Slam of Golf.
Starting the final day of the 36-hole exhibition three shots behind, Scott set the course record with a 7-under 64 to beat U.S. Open champion Justin Rose by two shots.
NEW YORK (AP) - Missy Franklin keeps piling up the awards.
The 18-year-old swimmer won the Sportswoman of the Year award presented by the Women's Sports Foundation.
Franklin won four gold medals and a bronze at the 2012 London Olympics. She won a record six gold medals at the world championships two months ago in Barcelona, Spain.
The freshman at California was nominated along with Serena Williams, figure skater Mao Asada and wheelchair athlete Tatyana McFadden.
Four-time series champion Sebastien Bourdais signed a two-year deal with KVSH Racing to replace Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan.
MOSCOW (AP) - Samantha Stosur advanced to the second round of the Kremlin Cup by beating Kaia Kanepi 6-3, 6-1.