Peyton Manning strongly denies report he used HGH in 2011

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Peyton Manning strongly denied a report set to air on Al Jazeera that contends the Denver Broncos quarterback received human growth hormone through his wife during his recovery from neck fusion surgeries in 2011 in Indianapolis.

In a statement Saturday night, Manning said: “The allegation that I would do something like that is complete garbage and is totally made up. It never happened. Never.”

He added, “I really can’t believe somebody would put something like this on the air. Whoever said this is making stuff up.”

The allegations surfaced in an Al Jazeera undercover probe into doping in global sports that is set to air Sunday and was shared in advance with the Huffington Post.

The report claims Manning received HGH from an Indianapolis anti-aging clinic in 2011 while he was still with the Colts. It said the drug, which was banned by the NFL in the 2011 collective bargaining agreement, was delivered to his wife, Ashley, so that the quarterback’s name was never attached to the shipments.

Liam Collins, a British hurdler, went undercover and spoke with Charlie Sly, an Austin, Texas-based pharmacist who worked at the Guyer Institute, the Indiana-based anti-aging clinic in 2011. Sly allegedly names Manning and other high profile athletes as having received HGH from the clinic.

However, Sly backtracks in a subsequent statement to Al Jazeera, saying Collins secretly recorded his conversations without his knowledge or consent.

“The statements on any recordings or communications that Al Jazeera plans to air are absolutely false and incorrect,” Sly said. “To be clear, I am recanting any such statements and there is no truth to any statement of mine that Al Jazeera plans to air. Under no circumstances should any of those recordings, statements or communications be aired.”

The NFL and players union added human growth hormone testing to the collective bargaining agreement signed in 2011 but the side didn’t agree to testing terms until 2014. Nobody has tested positive, which would trigger a four-game suspension.

Manning, who joined the Broncos in 2012, has been sidelined since Nov. 15 by a left foot injury. Brock Osweiler makes his sixth consecutive start in Manning’s place Monday night when the Broncos (10-4) host the Bengals (11-3).

 

Steelers, Patriots, Panthers set as favorites on NFL Week 4 betting lines

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Coming off a shellacking in Philadelphia, the Pittsburgh Steelers are regrouping to face the Kansas City Chiefs in the Week 4 Sunday Night Football betting matchup.

The Steelers are listed as six-point favorites against the Chiefs with a total of 47.5, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Steelers are 12-2 straight-up in their last 14 games after a loss. Pittsburgh is 4-5-1 against the spread in their last 10 home games vs. AFC West teams.

The Chiefs, who have dropped their first two away games, are 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games after consecutive road losses.

The Cincinnati Bengals are listed as seven-point favorites against the Miami Dolphins, with a total of 44.5 for their Thursday game. The Bengals, who are coming off losses to Pittsburgh and Denver, have a streak of 5-0 SU and ATS after consecutive losses. The Dolphins are 2-9 SU in their last 11 games as road underdogs according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

The Minnesota Vikings are favored by four against the New York Giants, with a total of 43. The Vikings are 7-1 SU and ATS in their last eight games as a favorite of four points or less. The Giants, who lost to Washington in Week 3, are 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games after losing as a favorite.

With both Tom Brady understudies banged up, the New England Patriots are 4.5-point home favorites against the Buffalo Bills. The Patriots boast a 4-0 ATS streak at home. The Bills are 2-23 SU in their last 25 games vs. New England.

With Russell Wilson (sprained MCL) nursing an injury, the Seattle Seahawks are 1.5-point favorites against the New York Jets, with a total of 40.5. The Seahawks are 9-2 SU in their last 11 games vs. teams with losing records. The Jets are 5-0-1 ATS in their last six games vs. teams with winning records.

The Carolina Panthers are three-point road favorites against the Atlanta Falcons, with a total of 46. The Panthers are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 October games. The Falcons are 8-3 SU in their last 11 games in Week 4.

The Dallas Cowboys are three-point favorites against the San Francisco 49ers, with a total of 46. The Cowboys are 1-6 SU and ATS in their last seven Week 4 games. The 49ers, who have lost their last two games, are 5-1 ATS in their last six games after consecutive losses.

The Detroit Lions are favored by three against the winless Chicago Bears, with a total of 47. The Lions are 6-0 SU in their last six games against the Bears. The Bears are 1-8 SU in their last nine games against their division.

The undefeated Denver Broncos are three-point road favorites against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with a total of 44.5. The Broncos are 7-2 SU in their last nine road games. The Bucs are 1-6 SU in their last seven interconference games.

NFL Week 1 odds: Panthers on TNF among favorites on opening slate

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Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers have ruled the NFC South for three seasons, but covering as a road favorite has not been their forte. Heading into Thursday night’s NFL season opener between last year’s Super Bowl teams, the Panthers are listed as three-point favorites against the host Denver Broncos at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Over the last three seasons, Carolina is 9-3 straight-up but just 5-7 against the spread as a road favorite, according to the OddsShark NFL Database. However, overall they’re also 8-0 both SU and ATS in their last eight games as a favorite of three or fewer points.

Denver, which won both home games last season where it was an underdog, is 25-4 SU in its last 29 home games. The total has gone under in both the Panthers’ last four season openers and in the Broncos’ last five games following consecutive wins.

In a Sunday Night Football tilt between the 2015 AFC and NFC finalists, the Arizona Cardinals are listed as six-point favorites against the temporarily Jimmy Garoppolo-led New England Patriots. The Cardinals are 10-2 SU and 7-5 ATS in their last dozen games when favored by 6.5 or fewer points.

The Patriots are 5-1 ATS in their last six games against Arizona. The total has gone over six of the last seven times that New England was the underdog.

The New York Giants-Dallas Cowboys tilt is listed as a pick’em. The Cowboys, now counting on rookie QB Dak Prescott, are 5-1 SU in their last six September games. The Giants aren’t known for being fast starters: try an 0-5 SU and 1-4 ATS trend in their last five season openers. The NFC East rivals’ last seven games have all gone over the posted total.

The Cincinnati Bengals are 2.5-point favorites on the road against the New York Jets; the Bengals have lost nine road games in a row against the Jets, but they are 6-2 SU and 8-0 ATS in their last eight away games. Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts are four-point favorites at home against Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions.

With backup QB Shaun Hill starting, the Minnesota Vikings are two-point road favorites against the Tennessee Titans. According to website PredictionMachine.com, the Vikings’ projected points per game average with Hill at quarterback instead of the injured Teddy Bridgewater drops from 24.5 to 21.8. With Sam Bradford at quarterback that number is 22.1.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are favored by three points against the Washington Redskins on Monday night, with the total at 50 points. The total has gone under for bettors eight of the last 11 times the Redskins were an underdog of three or fewer points. In the other Monday night game, the Los Angeles Rams are 2.5-point favorites against the host San Francisco 49ers.

In other games of note, the Seattle Seahawks are 10.5-point favorites against the Miami Dolphins, Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints are a slim one-point favorite at home against the Oakland Raiders, and the Green Bay Packers are 4.5-point favorites on the road against the Jacksonville Jaguars.