Peyton Manning strongly denies report he used HGH in 2011


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).


NFL Week 7 odds roundup: Vikings, Patriots favorites in marquee matchups

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Sam Bradford had difficulty winning in Philadelphia, and the OddsShark NFL Database shows the same has long been true of the Minnesota Vikings.

The Vikings are listed as 2.5-point favorites against the Philadelphia Eagles for this weekend at sportsbooks monitored by The Vikings, who got Bradford from the Eagles after Teddy Bridgewater suffered a major knee injury, are the NFL’s last unbeaten team. They are 3-8 SU in their last 11 games against the Eagles, and 3-10 ATS in their last 13.

The Eagles are 2-6 SU and ATS in their last eight games against teams from the NFC.

Another QB, Brock Osweiler, has a return game in Week 7. The Denver Broncos are seven-point favorites against Osweiler’s Houston Texans for the Monday Night Football game. The Broncos are 7-0 SU and 5-2 ATS in their last seven home games after losing their most recent home game. The Texans are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games as an underdog of 7.5 or fewer points.

The New England Patriots are favored by seven points against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Patriots are 11-1 SU in their last 12 October games. The Steelers, who are relying on QB Landry Jones after Ben Roethlisberger was injured during their Week 6 loss in Miami, are 7-1 SU in their last eight games after losing as a favorite.

According to website, going from Roethlisberger to Landry decreases the Steelers’ chances of beating the Patriots from 40.5% to 26.3%.

The Arizona Cardinals are favored by two against the Seattle Seahawks for the Sunday Night Football matchup. The Seahawks are 7-2 SU in their last nine road games. The Cardinals are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games.

The Detroit Lions are a one-point favorite against the Washington Redskins. The Lions are 3-8 SU in their last 11 games against teams with winning records. The Redskins are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games in Week 7.

The Buffalo Bills are favored by three against the rival Miami Dolphins. The Bills are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games as road favorites. The Dolphins are 2-6 SU in their last eight against teams with winning records.

On Thursday Night Football, the Green Bay Packers are 7.5-point favorites against the Chicago Bears. The Packers are 8-0 SU and 7-1 ATS in their last eight games in Week 7. The Bears are 2-9 SU in their last 11 games against teams with winning records.

The New York Giants are favored by 2.5 points against the Los Angeles Rams entering their game in London. The Giants are 1-5 ATS in their last six games against the NFC West. The Rams are 5-2 SU and ATS in their last seven games as underdogs.

And the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a road favorite for only the second time since 2011, giving two points against the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers are 0-5 SU and ATS in their last five games.

Chiefs are underdogs against short-staffed Steelers on Sunday Night Football

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With the Kansas City Chiefs’ strong record and the Pittsburgh Steelers’ injuries, the favorites will need be focused to avoid an upset in the Sunday Night Football betting matchup.

The Steelers are listed as 4.5-point favorites at home against the Chiefs, with a total of 47 points, at sportsbooks monitored by Kansas City is 5-2 both straight-up and against the spread over its last seven games, according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

Pittsburgh, which was blown out 34-3 by the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 3, is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games after a loss. However, the Steelers will be minus seven starters.

Kansas City, which has lost its only road game and had its 2015 season end with a playoff defeat at New England, is 5-2 ATS in its last seven games on the road after consecutive losses on the road.

Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles will reportedly play his first game since tearing an ACL on October 11, 2015, and RB Spencer Ware is also capable. Two of Pittsburgh’s key defenders against the run, ILB Ryan Shazier and SS Robert Golden, will not play.

The Chiefs, however, are 2-8 SU and 4-6 ATS in their last 10 road games vs. AFC North foes.  Pittsburgh, in response to the result against Philadelphia, will likely try to pressure Chiefs QB Alex Smith, which could limit the opportunity for long-yardage strikes to TE Travis Kelce, WR Chris Conley and WR Jeremy Maclin.

The lack of familiarity between Pittsburgh’s new starters on defense might work to the benefit of Kelce, who almost never lines up in the same place twice in a row.

The Steelers are 7-3 SU in their past 10 games, as well as 8-2 SU and 4-5-1 in their last 10 home games against AFC West teams. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will have RB Le'Veon Bell back from a three-game suspension to join him in the rushing phase. The Steelers offensive line should also be due for a bounce-back game.

Primary Steelers WR Antonio Brown could have a tough matchup against CB Marcus Peters, which could lead to Roethlisberger seeking out the likes of WR Sammie Coates, WR Markus Wheaton and TE Jesse James. Slot WR Eli Rogers will not play.

Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS in its last five home games against Kansas City heading into their matchup on Sunday night. The total has gone under in four of the teams’ last five meetings. The total has also gone under in five of Kansas City’s last seven games, and six of Pittsburgh’s last seven games,