NFL: Manning leads All-Pro team
January 05, 2014 2:00 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Peyton Manning has responded to a lost season the way he reacted to all of his great seasons. By having more great seasons.

Manning was the only unanimous choice for the 2013 Associated Press NFL All-Pro team. It was his seventh time as a first-teamer, tying Hall of Famer Otto Graham for the most by a quarterback.

The Denver star set NFL records this season with 55 touchdown passes and 5,477 yards through the air.

He was chosen on all 50 ballots from media members who regularly cover the NFL.

New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham and Indianapolis outside linebacker Robert Mathis each drew 49 votes. Philadelphia running back LeSean McCoy and Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman had 48.

Minnesota kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson was the only rookie on the squad.

Spieth, three others share lead

KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — Jordan Spieth was among the newcomers who felt right at home at Kapalua.

Coming off a remarkable rookie season, Spieth made a 12-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a 7-under 66 to share the lead after one round of the Tournament of Champions with Chris Kirk, Michael Thompson and Webb Simpson.

Spieth and Thompson have never played in this winners-only event before.

Kirk is playing for the first time since he won the McGladrey Classic at Sea Island. He birdied his last five holes, the last two into wind that required some of his best shots. Thompson also played his best golf late in the round, with four birdies on the final five holes of the Plantation Course.

Clippers’ Paul separates shoulder

DALLAS (AP) — Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul will miss three to five weeks after separating his right shoulder in a game against Dallas.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers said the injury to the shoulder on the star’s shooting arm Friday night was a separation. Earlier, the team had said it was a sprain.

Paul was tripped by Mavericks guard Monta Ellis while dribbling around a screen. He rolled over and stayed on the floor holding his shoulder. After staying down for about a minute, Paul went to the locker room with 6:43 remaining in third quarter.

Paul scored 19 points in the first half and made his first five shots, all from 3-point range.

Nuggets rescind suspension

DENVER (AP) — The two-game suspension of Nuggets guard Andre Miller has been rescinded by the team, though he will remain away from the club until Monday under a newly issued personal leave.

Miller originally was suspended for conduct detrimental to the team by the Nuggets for verbally confronting coach Brian Shaw in the waning minutes of their 114-102 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night in full view of teammates and fans. It was the eighth consecutive loss for the Nuggets.

Miller reportedly was upset over what became the first “did not play-coach’s decision” of his 15-year career.

Celski makes Olympic team

KEARNS, Utah (AP) — J.R. Celski is picking up right where Apolo Anton Ohno left off four years ago.

Celski qualified for his second Olympic team with a victory in the 1,500 meters, and Jessica Smith made her first despite finishing second in the women’s final at the U.S. short track trials.

Celski cruised to an easy win in the second of two 1,500 finals. He also won the first 1,500 final of the night. He came back to beat the same five rivals in the second final with Ohno looking on as a TV commentator.

Smith finished behind winner Emily Scott of Springfield, Mo., in the second women’s 1,500, but earned her Olympic berth by virtue of her lead in the overall point standings at the Utah Olympic Oval.

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