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Indianapolis, New Orleans, Minneapolis make cut for 2018 Super Bowl
The 2018 Super Bowl could be headed back to a recent host city. Or to one that hasn’t staged the game in more than two decades.
New Orleans and Indianapolis, the sites of the past two Super Bowls, and Minneapolis are the three finalists to host the NFL championship game in ‘18.
Those cities were selected from a pool of six at the owners’ meetings Tuesday. Should Lucas Oil Stadium get the game, it would be the first cold-weather stadium to host two Super Bowls.
AP Source: Dusty Baker out as Reds manager
Dusty Baker is out as manager of the Cincinnati Reds, three days after his team lost the National League wild-card game to Pittsburgh.
Colts lose running back Ballard to knee injury
With the news Friday that second-year running back Vick Ballard suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Thursday’s practice, the Indianapolis Colts will now be forced to depend on Ahmad Bradshaw, Donald Brown and rookie Kerwynn Williams for the foreseeable future.
Pagano wants improvement from Colts' offense
The Indianapolis Colts scored 21 points in its first game, a 21-17 win over Oakland this past Sunday.
Indianapolis’ new offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton had introduced a different style of attack than what fans grew accustomed to seeing a year ago when Bruce Arians was in charge.
Arians’ system wasn’t better. Just different from what Hamilton wants to get accomplished.
Indy defense would like to be as well-known as its offense
The Indianapolis Colts with a powerhouse defense? According to defensive end Cory Redding, free safety Antoine Bethea and several other members of the team’s retooled defensive unit, that’s the goal heading into the 2013 season.
A lofty goal, to be sure. Indianapolis — first with Peyton Manning at quarterback and now Andrew Luck — have always been thought of as an offense-first franchise. Manning and Luck have certainly had plenty of options to use, the idea being that you have to surround a top-flight quarterback with playmakers.
Despite Phegley’s hitting, ChiSox lose Monday night to Astros
Jordan Lyles warmed up in the Houston Astros’ bullpen, watching the Chicago White Sox load the bases with two outs in the ninth inning and realizing the situation he was about to be thrust into.
With the Astros clinging to a two-run lead, Lyles was called on to get the final out in his first career save opportunity. He worked back from a 3-0 count against Chicago’s Avisail Garcia and struck him out looking to give the Astros the 10-8 win Monday night for their third win in four games.
Colts trade Carter to Ravens for return specialist Reed
Give Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson credit. He’s not afraid to trade a veteran player if he thinks the move will improve the overall quality of the roster.
Such was the case Wednesday afternoon as Grigson pulled the strings on a deal that sent running back Delone Carter to the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for wide receiver/kick returner David Reed.
Colts seeking balance today in New York
Balance. That’s what the Indianapolis Colts will be trying to achieve tonight in a nationally televised (7 p.m., Fox) NFL preseason game at the New York Giants.
Coming off last week’s 44-20 exhibition loss to Buffalo, Colts coach Chuck Pagano is looking for a more balanced offensive attack, a balanced defensive effort and just better overall play from the team’s back-up players.
“There are a lot of things that we will be watching. Offensively, defensively, third down. We want more balance offensively and we got to run the ball and that’s up to us to get that done,” Pagano said as the team wrapped up training-camp workouts at Anderson University.
Camp Scene: Colts looking for playmakers on defense
When it comes to setting goals for the Indianapolis Colts’ defense during the team’s final three preseason games, second-year defensive coordinator Greg Manusky has a simple wish list.
He’s looking for playmakers.
“In this league, there are difference makers. Guys that come into the league and become difference makers. Are you one of those guys? Are you a solid football player? A good football player? And then are you a backup player? A special-teams player? That’s what I was when I played in the National Football League,” Manusky explained Wednesday.
Hughes, News & Views: Oden picks Miami Heat for site of comeback
At 7 feet tall, former Terre Haute resident Greg Oden stands out in almost any crowd.
So to persuade the increasingly healthy Oden to play during the 2013-14 NBA season — for the first time since Dec. 5, 2009 — a team needed to offer something unique to stand out.
Like, say, a chance at a ring.
Enter the Miami Heat, who have won the last two NBA championships behind the “Big Three” of four-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
Agent says Greg Oden signs with Heat
Greg Oden still needs some time to get ready for the rigors of playing in the NBA.
He no longer needs a new team, however.
The former No. 1 overall draft pick and former Terre Haute resident has chosen to sign with the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat, ending months of suspense over where the center whose career has been decimated by a series of knee problems would be attempting his comeback.
Camp Scene: ‘The Griffer’ ready to team again with Luck
That’s how Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck refers to second-year wide receiver and former college teammate Griff Whalen. The pair of an extensive history together, dating all the way back to their freshman year at Stanford.
Camp Scene: Luck, Hamilton getting on same page for Colts’ offense
The Stanford connection is alive and well with the Indianapolis Colts.
During last year’s NFL draft, the Colts added quarterback Andrew Luck and tight end Coby Fleener. Not too long after the draft, wide receiver Grriff Whalen joined in. Safety Delano Howell, meanwhile, was signed by Indianapolis in late November after spending most of the season with the Buffalo Bills.
Colts’ Fleener has high expectations for himself
The person least impressed by Coby Fleener’s hot start to training camp appears to be the second-year Indianapolis Colts tight end himself.
Perhaps he’s thinking back to his rookie season when he debuted with six catches for 82 yards against the Chicago Bears, then missed four games in the middle of the year and finished with five straight single-catch performances.
Plenty of questions as Colts get ready for training camp
As the Indianapolis Colts prepare for the start of training camp at Anderson University, there are plenty of questions facing a National Football League team that posted an 11-5 record, finished second in the AFC South and earned an AFC wild-card playoff spot.
More fun for Phegley: Terre Haute native hits grand slam to beat Tigers
One week after being promoted to the Chicago White Sox, Terre Haute native Josh Phegley keeps pushing the envelope on his career milestone list.
He earned his first hit, then his first home run, then another home run in his home debut. The White Sox earned their first win with Phegley in the lineup on Tuesday.
So what’s next? A four-bagger.
Colts not standing pat in looking toward 2013 season
Indianapolis Colts second-year general manager Ryan Grigson has quickly earned a reputation as someone who isn’t afraid to shake things up a bit.
Deacon Jones of famed Fearsome Foursome dead at 74
David “Deacon” Jones, the original sackmaster, has died.
The Hall of Fame defensive end, credited with coining the word “sack” for how he knocked down quarterbacks, was 74.
Seeking elite status
Many stages are set in the long-running drama that is the Indianapolis 500.
The 97th running on the famed oval today has the potential to provide a new four-time champion in Helio Castroneves or Dario Franchitti.
A win for either driver would tie them for the all-time lead in the Indy 500 as A.J. Foyt (1961, ’64, ’67, ’77), Al Unser 1970-71, ’78, ’87) and Rick Mears (1979, ’84, 88, ’91) are atop that mountain with four wins a piece.
While Castroveneves starts in the middle of row three, he and his team won the pit stop competition on Carb Day. The last time Castroneves won the pit stop competition, he won his third Indy 500.
“The field is so close and we have at least 20 cars that are capable to win this race,” Castroneves said. “My previous win, it was actually won on that as well. We were able to execute in the right time and they were able to put me in a very good opportunity to execute.”
Luck having fun with his first OTAs
A year ago, quarterback Andrew Luck was unable to attend the Indianapolis Colts’ organized team activity practices due to school commitments at Stanford.
Luck, though, went on to have a stellar year for the Colts despite the lack of summer work with the team. Still, in a sense, he is a rookie during this year’s OTA workouts.
“These are my first OTAs. I missed these last year, so I think it’s great. It’s great to get on the field with the defense and trouble-shoot some stuff. Obviously, some of us ran some of this stuff [offense] at Stanford [under new offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton]. But to get out there with the defense and trouble-shoot some stuff is good,” Luck said Wednesday as the team wrapped up its first week of on-field voluntary practice sessions.
Colts hoping for more high marks on draft picks
A year ago, the Indianapolis Colts received high marks for the impact players the team added through the NFL draft.
Of the 10 players selected, five ended up either starting or seeing extensive playing time (quarterback Andrew Luck, tight ends Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen, wide receiver T.Y. Hilton and running back Vick Ballard) during the Colts’ 11-5 season.
While this year’s class may not rival that group in terms of name recognition and flash, it may produce just as many major contributors once the 2013 season gets underway.
Colts in wait-and-see mode for tonight’s NFL draft
As the 2013 NFL draft gets underway tonight at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, the Indianapolis Colts are continuing their wait-and-see stance in regard to the first-round pick.
The draft begins at 8 p.m. — televised by the NFL Network and ESPN — with the Kansas City Chiefs making the night’s first selection. Teams will have 10 minutes to make their decisions during the first round. Indianapolis will have the 24th overall pick in the first round.
There will be only one round tonight. The second and third rounds are scheduled for Friday, beginning at 6:30 p.m. with seven minutes allotted per pick in the second round and five minutes allowed in the third. The final four rounds are slated to begin at noon Saturday with four minutes between selections.
As it stands now, Indianapolis does not have a second-round pick. It was traded to Miami last fall in exchange for veteran cornerback Vontae Davis. But second-year general manager Ryan Grigson has nut ruled out the possibility of trading down from the first round if the Colts aren’t satisfied with the players available.
Colts sign Matt Hasselbeck to back up Luck
The Indianapolis Colts’ roster moves just keep coming.
While the Colts haven’t yet added that big-name wide receiver that team owner Jim Irsay hinted at in tweets over the weekend, Indianapolis has addressed one area on offense.
Former Tennessee Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck had agreed Monday night to be the Colts’ primary back-up to second-year starter Andrew Luck. He officially signed a two-year, $8 million contract with the team Tuesday morning.
“We are very pleased to announce the signing of Matt Hasselbeck,” general manager Ryan Grigson said in a prepared statement. “His body of work, intangibles, and extensive league experience speak for themselves. Those factors, plus his familiarity with our offensive scheme, will make him a great asset to our team and its vision as we move forward.”
Colts introduce free-agent signees
What the Indianapolis Colts accomplished last season — posting an 11-5 record and earning an AFC wild-card berth with a young team plus having that kind of success without its head coach on the sidelines for 12 games — didn’t go unnoticed by players around the NFL.
That was especially true for the five veteran free agents who were added to the Colts’ roster Tuesday. Offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus (Detroit), cornerback Greg Toler (Arizona), outside linebacker Erik Walden (Green Bay), offensive guard Donald Thomas (New England) and linebacker Lawrence Sidbury (Atlanta) admitted as much Wednesday.
“I felt like this would be the best fit for me at this point in my career. I really liked what I saw was happening with the program here and the way things have taken shape. I feel like we have a really great team here and it’s on the rise. I really wanted to be a part of that,” Thomas said during a teleconference interview with the Colts’ media.
Indianapolis franchises punter McAfee
A week ago, Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano said it was a priority that the team retain the services of punter Pat McAfee.
McAfee, an unrestricted free agent who’s contract is due to expire March 12, was designated as the Colts’ franchise player Friday. The move allows Indianapolis extra time to work out a long-term deal for the team’s special-teams ace.
“He’s huge. He’s a major priority in free agency. Obviously, we’ve reached out and are working to get Pat re-signed,” Pagano said during the National Football Scouting Combine. “We saw what he did for us last year. He’s a great weapon, not only kickoffs and touchbacks.
Colts' Pagano back to full work schedule at combine
Back and ready to go.
That’s the attitude Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano is taking during the National Football Scouting Combine, which completed its second day of operations Friday at Lucas Oil Stadium. During a wide-ranging press conference at the combine, Pagano confirmed that he is back to a full work regimen after missing 12 games last fall as he battled a rare form of leukemia.
After undergoing cancer treatments that featured heavy doses of chemotherapy, the second-year head coach was able to return to the sidelines for Indianapolis’ final regular-season home game against Houston and for the team’s AFC wild-card matchup with eventual Super Bowl champion Baltimore.
Harbaugh brothers — Jim and John — to face off in Super Bowl
Get ready for the Brother Bowl.
Pagano prepares Colts for tough crowd in Baltimore
As a former resident of Baltimore, Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano knows all about the hard feelings that still run strong about the move of the Colts franchise to Indianapolis in 1984.
It's a job, not a reunion, Luck says
Andrew Luck made one thing clear this week.
He doesn’t regard Sunday’s game at Reliant Stadium with the Houston Texans as a chance to go back to his home town and talk about old times.
Colts’ meeting comes on heels of Texans’ big loss
The Indianapolis Colts are quite aware of who, and what, they’re going to be facing Sunday at Reliant Stadium.
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