Sports briefs, Dec. 18

Posted Dec. 18, 2011, at 7:06 p.m.

Colts say Manning won’t play, but is throwing

INDIANAPOLIS — Colts vice chairman Bill Polian says Peyton Manning will not play in the final two games, but the franchise quarterback did take snaps from center Jeff Saturday this week.

Polian made a rare postgame podium appearance Sunday after Fox Sports reported Manning had been throwing with running backs and receivers during the week and that the quarterback still hoped to play this year.

Polian said Manning did some post-practice work with Saturday and Joseph Addai, throwing a series of prescribed passes Wednesday. On Thursday, Polian said team doctors said Manning’s recovery had not progressed far enough to warrant a return to game action.

Manning has not played since having neck surgery Sept. 8, and the Colts were winless without him until Sunday’s 27-13 win over Tennessee.

Rollins, Phils agree on 3-year deal

PHILADELPHIA — Jimmy Rollins is bringing his swagger back to the Phillies.

Three people familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press that Rollins has agreed to a 3-year, $33 million contract with Philadelphia. The deal includes a vesting option for a fourth year.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity Saturday because the agreement is pending a physical.

“Gotta deal with me for 3 (4) more years!” Rollins wrote on Twitter. He also thanked former Philadelphia Eagles safety Brian Dawkins, who tweeted congratulations to Rollins and the Phillies.

Rollins is a three-time All-Star shortstop and the 2007 NL MVP. He has spent his entire career with the Phillies after being selected in the second round of the 1996 amateur draft, and was a free agent for the first time.

Rollins, who turned 33 last month, sought at least a five-year deal. The Phillies didn’t want to go that long, and were able to reach an agreement after the market for Rollins lessened.

From the start, Rollins said he wanted to stay in Philadelphia.

Auction for outdoor Super Bowl ad space a bust

INDIANAPOLIS — A bid to auction off prime outdoor advertising space on downtown Indianapolis buildings for the Super Bowl failed to attract a single bid.

The auction ended Friday night. Up for grabs was a package of about 50 buildings that could be wrapped in Super Bowl-related advertising banners for as much as $100,000, The Indianapolis Star reported ( http://indy.st/srZTaI ).

Chris Price, a partner in Mattison Corp., the company that held the auction, said the idea was to attract not only media companies, but to see if individual advertisers themselves were willing to bid for the outdoor ad space. The Super Bowl will be Feb. 5 in Indianapolis.

“It didn’t work out that way,” Price said. “Maybe the auction itself was a mistake. Maybe having a set price might have been the way to go.”

One media group placed a hold on 11 buildings near the three-block Super Bowl Village and Monument Circle to be used for outdoor advertising, Price said. He declined to identify the company until the contract is final.

Rookard, Kuck win long track titles

WEST ALLIS, Wis. — Jilleanne Rookard and Jonathan Kuck won long-distance races Sunday to wrap up their first U.S. speedskating allround long track championships.

Rookard, a 2010 Olympian from West Allis, posted a time of 7 minutes, 8.58 seconds to win the 5,000-meter race. She also won the 3,000 on Tuesday on the first of five days of racing in the U. S. championships.

Kuck, who is from Champaign, Ill., captured the 10,000 with a Pettit National Ice Center track record time of 13:17.28. He shaved almost five seconds off the record of 13:22.93 set by Olympic medalist Chad Hedrick on October 24, 2005. Kuck also won the 5,000 on Tuesday.

The titles were determined on the skater’s combined times for five races. Rookard’s winning total was 165.138 and Kuck’s 150.845.

Tebow-inspired ‘Tebrew’ beer boosts small brewery

EAGLE, Colo. — A beer inspired by Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow has produced big interest for a small brewery in Colorado’s mountains.

Bonfire Brewing’s “Tebrew” is a barley wine, a high-alcohol type of beer. Tebrew has a logo featuring a man crouching as if in prayer but holding up a mug of beer, with the tagline “The Sunday Sipper.”

Bonfire Brewing, in Eagle, Colo., plans to enter the barley wine for competition at the Jan. 7 Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival in Vail. The Vail Daily reports that after the brewery put the logo on its Facebook page, calls started pouring in seeking the limited brew (http://goo.gl/kso4M).

“It’s been great for the brewery, great for Eagle and great for the state,” brewery co-founder Andy Jessen said.

Jessen acknowledged that he doesn’t know whether Tebow drinks beer or not. He said the brew is more about fans and football than the player.

“It’s just a good time to be in Colorado and be a football fan here,” Jessen said.

Brewery owners say they’re flattered by the attention, but the batch is only 150 gallons. “Tebrew” is available only at the festival and at the small brewery’s tasting room, in 10 ounce servings.

“In the style of 4th quarter heroics, we’re waiting until the last minute to serve it up,” according to the brewery’s Facebook description of Tebrew.

Knicks to sign PG Baron Davis on Monday

NEW YORK — A person with knowledge of the plans says point guard Baron Davis will sign with the New York Knicks.

ESPN.com first reported Davis’ intentions.

Davis is expected to sign Monday, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because there won’t be an announcement until the signing is official.

Davis was waived last week by the Cleveland Cavaliers and designated as their amnesty player. He was not claimed and chose the Knicks, who are seeking more backcourt depth after waiving Chauncey Billups with the amnesty clause. New York had already signed another veteran point guard, Mike Bibby.

It’s unknown when Davis will play, as he’s been sidelined all preseason by a bulging disc in his back.

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