Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning still Evaluating his Future

Justin Edmonds/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- Even at age 38, Peyton Manning is still one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, but the Denver Broncos don't know if he'll be lining up behind center next season. Manning says he's still deciding if he wants to come back and play in 2015 or not.

Even though Manning was rated among one of the best at his position in 2014, he is not the same player he once was, and even dealt with injuries throughout the season.

"I haven't made a decision yet," Manning said. "I still want to take some time to evaluate some things, to talk to some people. Obviously the Broncos have been quite busy hiring a staff, I have had some dialogue with Coach (Gary) Kubiak and did have a chance (to) see him in person.

"I'm not interested in making this a lingering thing, I'd like to make a decision soon. But at the same time, you know, both Coach (Kubiak), (Broncos CEO) Joe (Ellis) and John (Elway) have instructed me to take some time, so I'm kind of following their orders."

This past season, Manning threw for 4,727 yards and threw 39 touchdowns.

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Grizzlies' Guard Vince Carter Out at least a Week with Foot Injury

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A key member for one of the best teams in the NBA will be out of action at least a week as Memphis Grizzlies reserve guard Vince Carter will undergo evaluation on a tendon injury in his left foot.

Carter left Thursday's game against the Denver Nuggets in the second quarter, and an MRI revealed the injury. He'll be re-evaluated next week.

At 34-12, the Grizzlies have the second-best record in the Western Conference, and third-best record in the NBA.

Fortunately for Memphis, while Carter is a valuable role player at this point in his career, the team can rely more on recently-acquired forward Jeff Green. In nine games this season with the Grizzlies, Green is averaging 12.9 points and 4.1 rebounds while playing 28.6 minutes per game.

The 38-year-old Carter is a former All-Star and is playing in his 17th NBA season. In 44 games off the bench for Memphis, Carter is averaging a career-low 6.0 points per game.

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Hawks Win their 18th-Straight Game

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Not only have the Atlanta Hawks won 18-straight games, they now own the best record in the NBA.

On Friday, the Hawks improved to 39-8 after rallying past the Portland Trail Blazers for a 105-99 victory.

"We're confident in one through 15 here," center Al Horford said. "Guys really put in the time, guys work every day. They just don't get the opportunity because we're so deep."

The Trail Blazers led after each of the first three quarters, but were outscored 36-25 in the fourth quarter.

Atlanta has not lost a game since Dec. 26 when they fell to the Milwaukee Bucks.

"They're good," Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge said of the Hawks. "We could have played better, but they're good.

Six Hawks scored in double figures on Friday night. They were led by forward Paul Millsap, who scored 21 points, pulled down eight rebounds, two assists, and three blocks.

Guard Kyle Korver also scored 16 points after hitting four of five 3-point attempts.

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O's Sign Pearce to 1-Year Deal

Baltimore Orioles/MLB(BALTIMORE) -- Baltimore Orioles agreed with Steve Pearce on a one-year, $3.7 million deal Friday, avoiding salary arbitration.

The 32-year-old Pearce played in 102 games for the O's last season, hitting .293 with 21 home runs, 49 RBIs and a .373 on-base percentage.

Before the two sides came to a compromise, Pearce had asked for $5.4 million while the Orioles offered $2 million.

Alejandro De Aza, Zach Britton and Miguel Gonzalez are the three remaining Orioles in arbitration.

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Serena Williams Wins Sixth Australian Open

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(MELBOURNE, Australia) -- Top-seeded Serena Williams defeats second-seeded Maria Sharapova 6-3, 7-6 (5) to win her sixth Australian Open title.

Williams has now won 19 Grand Slams pushing her past Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert for second most all-time, and putting her four behind Steffi Graf's Open-era record of 22.

Williams, who was battling a cold, breezed through the first set before fending off a pesky Sharapova in the second set.

The 33-year-old Williams has now beaten Sharapova 16-straight times.

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Alexi Ogando Signs Deal with Red Sox

Robert Binder/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Free-agent reliever Alexi Ogando agreed with the Boston Red Sox on a one-year contract Friday.

According to USA Today, Ogando will receive $1.5 million guaranteed, with incentives the deal could reach up to $3 million.

The 6-foot-4 Ogando has spent all five of his major league seasons with the Texas Rangers. During that time he has been used as a starter and a reliever.

The past couple of seasons Ogando has been dealing with right shoulder and elbow problems that last year limited him to pitching just 25 innings.

The 31-year-old Ogando has been effective when healthy. For his career he's pitched 406 innings, compiling a 28-16 record, 3.35 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 325 strikeouts. He made the All-Star team as a starter in 2011.

The Red Sox designated left-handed pitcher Drake Britton for assignment to make room for Ogando on the 40-man roster.

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Cousins Replaces Bryant in All-Star Game

Sacramento Kings/NBA(NEW YORK) -- Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins has been selected to take the place of Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant at the 2015 All-Star Game, league commissioner Adam Silver announced Friday.

Cousins will make his first All-Star appearance and becomes the first King since 2004 to be selected as an All-Star.

"Honestly, I really didn't expect myself to make it," Cousins said. "I mean, the West was so tough this year and there are so many talented guys in the West. But the crazy thing is, me and Dame (Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard) were texting after the results came out and I was telling him, 'Man, you know you're going to make this team, like, it's nothing.' It's just kind of crazy how things worked out."

Cousins is fifth in the NBA in scoring (23.8 points per game) and third in rebounding (12.3 rebounds per game).

The NBA All-Star Game takes place at Madison Square Garden on Sunday Feb. 15.

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Tiger Shoots Worst Round of Career, Misses Cut

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) -- Tiger Woods shot a professional worst 82 during second round play at the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Friday.

Woods missed the cut and failed to break 80 for just the second time in his professional career.

"We all have days like this," Woods. "Unfortunately, mine was in a public forum, a public setting. We all have days like this. We take the good with the bad, and the thing is even on bad days like this, just keep fighting, because on the good days you've got to keep fighting, as well."

Woods had six bogeys, two double bogeys and a triple bogey Friday.

This was Woods' first event of 2015. He is expected to play at next week's Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 1/30/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Philadelphia 76ers 103 (10-37) - Minnesota Timberwolves 94 (8-38)

Atlanta Hawks 105 (39-8) - Portland Trail Blazers 99 (32-15)

Cleveland Cavaliers 101 (28-20) - Sacramento Kings 90 (16-29)

Houston Rockets 93 (33-14) - Boston Celtics 87 (16-29)

Toronto Raptors 127 (32-15) - Brooklyn Nets 122 (18-28)

Dallas Mavericks 93 (31-17) - Miami Heat 72 (20-26) 

New Orleans Pelicans 108 (25-22) - Los Angeles Clippers 103 (31-15)

Utah Jazz 110 (17-30) - Golden State Warriors 100 (36-8)

Phoenix Suns 99 (28-20) - Chicago Bulls 93 (30-19)

NHL: St. Louis Blues 3  (31-13-4, 66pts) - Carolina Hurricanes 2  (17-25-6, 40pts) - Shootout

Pittsburgh Penguins 2 (28-13-8, 64pts) - New Jersey Devils 1 (18-22-9, 45pts) - Overtime

Colorado Avalanche 3 (21-18-11, 53pts) - Nashville Predators 0 (31-11-6, 68pts)

Vancouver Canucks 5 (27-17-3, 57pts) - Buffalo Sabres 2 (14-33-3, 31pts)

Chicago Blackhawks 4 (31-16-2, 64pts) - Anaheim Ducks 1 (32-12-6, 70pts)

Top 25 Men's Basketball: (6) Arizona 57 (20-2) - Oregon State 34 (14-7)

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Roger Goodell Discusses Deflate-Gate

Christian Petersen/Getty Images (PHOENIX) -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed 'Deflate-Gate' for the first time since news came out after the AFC Championship game that 11 of the 12 footballs that the Patriots used were under the league standard of 12.5-13.5 pounds per square inch on Friday.

Goodell has let the investigation take place and said that an announcement would be after Ted Wells has come to a conclusion.

"It has been a tough year," Goodell said. "It's been a tough year on me personally. It's been a year of what I would say is humility and learning. We obviously as an organization have gone through adversity, but more importantly, adversity for me. It's an opportunity for us to get better. ... We've all done a lot of soul searching starting with yours truly."

"We don't know enough in this case to know who is responsible or if there was an infraction," he added.

The NFL has been under a microscope since the Ray Rice elevator incident when he knocked out his then fiancee in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

"This is my job," Goodell said when asked if he would apologize to the Patriots if they weren't found guilty of deflating any of the 11 footballs. "This is my responsibility to protect the integrity of the game. I represent 32 teams. All of us want to make sure the rules are being followed."

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