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Published: Tuesday, Feb. 15 2011 11:09 p.m. MST

Colts' QB Manning given franchise tag

INDIANAPOLIS — Four-time league MVP Peyton Manning has been given the exclusive franchise tag by the Indianapolis Colts, meaning he will not become a free agent.

If Manning plays under the tag, he will be paid $23 million next season and the Colts will have exclusive rights to negotiate with their franchise quarterback.

Manning is the only player in NFL history to win four league MVP awards. He also has won two AFC championships, one Super Bowl and a Super Bowl MVP, and he has broken all the Colts' career records for quarterbacks.

Former Highland star Ngata franchised

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens have designated Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata as their franchise player.

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome says the move, announced Tuesday, locks up Ngata for the 2011 season while the team keeps working out terms on a lengthy contract.

Ngata was drafted by Baltimore in 2006 with the 12th overall pick. The 6-foot-4, 350-pounder had 65 tackles and made the Pro Bowl for a second straight year. He has missed only two games in his five seasons with the Ravens.

Tottenham wins, Schalke, Valencia draw

MILAN — Peter Crouch scored in the 80th minute after a dash through the defense by Aaron Lennon, giving Tottenham Hotspur a 1-0 win at AC Milan on Tuesday night in the first leg of their second-round matchup in the European Champions League.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic thought he scored to tie it in injury time, but his overhead kick was ruled out for a two-handed push into the back of Spurs captain Michael Dawson.

In the day's other game, Raul Gonzalez's record 71st goal in European competition gave Schalke a 1-1 tie at Valencia.

Contador cleared, will keep Tour title

MADRID — Alberto Contador was cleared of doping Tuesday after the Spanish cycling federation reversed its proposal to ban him one year for a positive test at the Tour de France.

Contador will keep his third Tour title and can ride in this year's race, but the International Cycling Union and the World Anti-Doping Agency can appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Contador tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol during last year's Tour. He blamed the result on eating contaminated beef.

The ruling came three weeks after the Spanish federation recommended a reduced one-year suspension rather than the standard two-year penalty. Contador's team then pushed for him to be cleared and face no punishment.

— Associated Press

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