Wednesday's Sports in Brief

Wednesday's Sports in Brief
December 27, 2012, 5:33 am
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NEW YORK (AP) Sensational comebacks have Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson headed for the Pro Bowl.

Also selected to the NFL's all-star game on Wednesday was Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, one of two rookies chosen for the Jan. 27 all-star game.

Manning missed all of the 2011 season with neck and back problems that required several operations. He then signed with Denver as a free agent and has led the Broncos on a 10-game winning streak to take the AFC West.

Manning, whose 12th Pro Bowl is a record for quarterbacks, ranks fourth in league passing this year, having thrown 34 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

San Francisco had the most players selected, nine, including six from its second-ranked defense. Houston was next with eight, six on offense.

One other rookie, Minnesota kicker Blair Walsh, was chosen. Walsh has nine field goals of at least 50 yards, an NFL mark.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - Tim Tebow says he never asked out of running wildcat plays last week, but the New York Jets backup quarterback acknowledges that Rex Ryan may have misunderstood him.

Tebow said 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.''

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger says despite a statistically successful year, his play was a key factor in Pittsburgh (7-8) failing to make the playoffs for only the fourth time since 2001.

``A lot of it just has to do with me not playing well enough down the stretch,'' Roethlisberger said. ``Fourth-quarter drives or last-minute throws, I'm just not making it happen, so my best answer would be that I just didn't play well enough.''

The Steelers controlled their playoff fate until a 13-10 loss to Cincinnati on Sunday eliminated them from the postseason.

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) - Linebacker Ray Lewis has been added to the Baltimore Ravens' 53-man roster, but coach John Harbaugh says the 17-year veteran will not play Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The 37-year-old was placed on the injured reserve-designated to return list after tearing his right triceps on Oct. 14. He returned to practice on Dec. 5, and in order for him to be eligible for the playoffs, the Ravens had to add him to the active roster by Wednesday.

DALLAS (AP) - A grand jury in Texas has 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.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

DETROIT (AP) - Ryan Radcliff threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Cody Wilson with 5:11 remaining to give Central Michigan the lead, and Western Kentucky was stopped on fourth down when a field goal would have tied the game in the final minute, giving the Chippewas a 24-21 win in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.

BASEBALL

BOSTON (AP) - The Red Sox acquired All-Star closer Joel Hanrahan from the Pittsburgh Pirates in a six-player deal.

Boston also received infielder Brock Holt and gave up right-handers Mark Melancon and Stolmy Pimentel, infielder Ivan DeJesus Jr. and first baseman-outfielder Jerry Sands.

Over the past 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.

PRO BASKETBALL

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The NBA game between the Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls was postponed by the snowstorm that hit the Indianapolis area.

The Pacers announced the postponement a few hours before the scheduled tip-off. No date had been set for rescheduling the game.

SOCCER

MANCHESTER, England (AP) - Manchester United took a seven-point lead in the Premier League standings as the season reached the halfway point. Javier Hernandez scored the winning goal in the 90th minute as United had to come from behind three times for a 4-3 victory over Newcastle.

Second-place Manchester City lost 1-0 at Sunderland to fall further behind United. Chelsea is now only four points behind City after Juan Mata clinched a 1-0 victory at Norwich.

MANCHESTER, England (AP) - Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will miss up to three weeks with a knee injury.

Manager Alex Ferguson says he strained a ligament behind the knee when he tried to hit a volley late in practice Tuesday.

PRO HOCKEY

MONTREAL (AP) - With the NHL lockout grinding through its fourth month, Montreal Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges looked to Twitter for a hockey game.

The 28-year-old Gorges extended an open invitation to his followers on the social network to join him at a Montreal rink during the Boxing Day holiday.

Fans responded in droves.

The scene didn't look much different from those playing out at countless parks and ponds across the country - except for the high turnout.

Dozens of players, ranging widely in age and skill level, packed into a rink in the city's Verdun neighborhood for a chance to skate alongside an NHL player.