Peyton Manning

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has been linked to the distribution of human growth hormone, according to a bombshell report from Al Jazeera.

The HGH was shipped from an Indiana-based anti-aging company to the NFL legend’s wife, Ashley Manning. Manning himself flatly denied that he ever used performance-enhancing drugs, but his agent did not deny that the shipment did indeed occur, citing personal medical reasons.

Other athletes named in the report include Ryan Howard, Ryan Zimmerman, Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers and Mike Tyson.

The documentary airs Sunday night at 9 p.m. on Al Jazeera.

Read the full report from the Huffington Post here.

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1. Patriots vs. Titans:

* Remember the Titans over-rated / Varsity Blue under-rated

* Last time the Patriots played Tennessee in the cold – 59-0 / Titans quit / Brady 5 TD passes in one quarter

* Skilled players Brady has lost this year – Lewis, Edleman, Blount, Gronk, Amendola, Dobson

* Tennessee has a – 9 takeaway differential

* Mariota sacked 35 times – maybe Chandler Jones can fall on him and get a 1/2 sack

* Titan punter Brian Kern has punted 68 times this year

2. Update on the local teams:

* Patriots on pace to go 13-3 / Superbowl Odds 4 to 1 (1st) Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Remember the Titans – Stink »

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1. Patriots – Texans:

* MISC

* Great day for Patriots – they win, Denver and Cincy lose (and Rex)

* The curse of Houston’s turf which ate up Wes Welker’s knee – Freeney, McCourty, Chung, Easley, Blount

* Patriots have a higher winning percentage when Ebner doesn’t kick off

* Brady should have overthrew a receiver and buzzed Houston owner McNair like Ebby Laloosh hitting the bull or Burt Reynolds throw into the lower region of prison guard Bogdanski (played by Ray Nitschke) in the Longest Yard

* Why was Gronk catching a seam pass up 27-6 late in the 4th quarter?

* What makes the Patriots great – special teams players Slater and King despite the ball going through the end zone still sprinted the entire length of the field to see who was first to touch the returner

* Vince looks heavier

* REFS

* Took away two touchdowns on the first scoring drive and they still scored Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Patriots Get Business-Like Win in Houston »

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1. Patriots – Texans preview:

* Patriots connections – Vince Wilfork, Bill O’Brien, Brian Hoyer, Mallett before he got fired

* Don’t forget Houston owner Bob McNair ripped Tom Brady for phone destruction – McNair made much of his money selling his company to ENRON

* One of the most popular destinations for tourists in Houston – Waugh Bridge where 250,000 bats live

* JJ Watt broke his hand picking up that Papa John’s slice?

* Welker blew out his knee in Houston – ugh

* Patriots beat Panthers in Super Bowl in Houston

* Top six in endorsements in NFL per Forbes: 6. Brady ($7mm) 5. Watt ($7.5mm) 4. Rodgers (7.5mm) 3. Eli ($8mm) 2. Brees ($11mm) 1. Peyton $12mm

* Marcus Cannon vs. JJ Watt – United States vs. Grenada Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: JJ Watt is not Slick »

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1. Patriots – Eagles:

MISC

* Is it me or is it too early in James White’s career to have a goofy dance

* There goes Brady’s MVP

* Hey Siragusa – Tony Larussa called – he wants his glasses back

* They must get the bye

* Tremendous pass by Bradford for that last first down under all kind of pressure (reminded me of the Eli to Tyree pass)

SPECIAL TEAMS

* Blocked punt at the end of the half – why not take a knee at the point – the Eagles weren’t going to call time outs

* Terrible angle by Ebner on the Sproles punt return TD

* Not sure if you needed the second on-side kick

* How many times is Slater going to pick himself up off the ground? Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Cue up Gisele – He Can’t Throw and Catch »

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As part of the NBA Global Games Initiative the Boston Celtics squared off against the Sacramento Kings in a regular season match up that started at 9pm local time, 10pm on the East Coast last night. Boston came into the game sitting at 10-8 going 2-3 in there last 5 games and in second place in the Atlantic Division behind Toronto. The C’s put one in the win column taking it to the Kings 114-97 with four Celtics scoring twenty or more points.

Isaiah Thomas, who continues in the starting line up, and Kelly Olynyk, a spark off the bench, each put up 21 points in the victory while Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder both notched 20-point games as well. The Celtics continued their balanced attack and seemed to play everyone with 12 players scoring in the game. Thomas maintained his average as coming into the game he was scoring 20.8 points per game and Avery Bradley knocking in 16.1 per contest. Other key players moving forward include Jared Sullinger and Jae Crowder both averaging double figures and Evan Turner who is close averaging 9.0 points per game adding solid defense and play-making on offense.

Sacramento hasn’t exactly gotten off to a blistering pace with their 7-13 record however they have been hampered by injury in the form of a back strain for Demarcus Cousins and are now 6-6 in games that he has played in. Cousins, a player much sought after by Danny Ainge and the Celtics this off season, was averaging 28.2 points per game in the contests in which he has been able to play coming into the game against the Celtics. Former Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo was averaging a shade under 13 points and 10.7 assists per game and hoping he and Cousins can get this Kings team out of the basement of Pacific division (Also known as the Golden State division), and at least compete for an eight seed in the wild western conference.

The Celtics were able to hold Cousins to just 16 points and seven rebounds in twenty four minutes of action. Rondo scored five points and dished out eight assists in the loss. Rudy Gay appeared to be the only Kings player to really shine scoring 18 points and ripping down seven boards. Heading into the game most were excited about the match up between the always difficult to handle Rondo and a great defender in Avery Bradley, as well as the rotation of Celtics bigs in the trenches against a powerful low post presence in Cousins. Boston was able to get the best of that match up to get a victory south of the border. The Kings also lost rookie center Willie Cauley-Stein during the game with a dislocated finger, he will be out 4-6 weeks by initial reports.

The Celtics will continue to be without Marcus Smart for the road trip who is missing time due to, to steal a phrase from hockey, a “lower leg injury” which in medical terms is a subluxation of the proxmial tibfib joint. Ainge recently said on the Boston SportsHub 98.5 that he will likely be out a few more weeks but is working hard on getting back.

Fortunately for Boston they are a deep team with twelve players averaging over ten minutes per game so the rotation can pick up some slack however Smart’s spark, athleticism, defense and intensity are hard to match, the Celtics have gone 4-3 in his absence.

The Celtics got a much needed win in Mexico City as the next stretch of games are not any easier. They go on the road to play the new Twin Towers in LaMarcus Aldridge and Tim Duncan in San Antonio and then travel to New Orleans to do battle against Anthony Davis and the Pelicans. After that they will host Jimmy Butler and the Chicago Bulls before the reigning NBA Champion Golden State Warriors, led by MVP Stephen Curry, bring their currently undefeated, high tempo show to Boston next Friday night.

The Celtics will try to continue to grind through this difficult road trip while Sacramento is falling quickly out of contention in the breakneck paced race for the western conference playoffs.

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1. Patriots – Eagles Preview:

* Eagles Postseason – are 3-6 since 2005 including loss to Patriots

* Eagles kicker is 5-7 from 30-39 yards / 18-20 extra points – missss it!

* Pats King of Steaks in Philly sells upwards of 3,000 steak and cheese sandwiches a day

* According to city of Philly – Top ten movies filmed in Philly includes Dawn of the Dead – how appropriate (top four ranked are Rocky, Sixth Sense, Philadelphia, Trading Places)

2. Not loving the Dombrowski moves so far:

* Brought back John Farrell

* Traded three of the top 50 prospects in baseball for a closer with a lot of innings on his arm and is trending down (you have to get a starter or home run hitter when you give up prospects)

* Backed up the truck and handed Price the biggest annual salary in baseball history – sorry but there is no skill involved in that Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Sox Bully With Wallet, Rask Costs Money, Philly Movies »

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