Teen bullied for wearing the same clothes every day gets gift

first_imgA freshman who spent his first few weeks being bullied at school now has a whole new wardrobe thanks to the kind hearts of his fellow classmates and several others who heard his story.Michael Todd of Martin Luther King Jr. College Prep says the students at his new school began to laugh at and bully him after they noticed he wore the same clothes to school every day.“I really don’t have clothes at home. My mom can’t buy clothes for me because I’m growing too fast,” Todd explained to FOX13.About three weeks into the school year, two students who admittedly also laughed at Todd came up with an idea to give Todd some of their clothes.“When I saw people laugh and bully him, I felt like I needed to do something,” Graham said.Graham went through his closet and pulled together some clothes for Todd and texted his friend Garrett to do the same.“I got some brand-new shoes I can give him and a few items,” Garrett said.Graham and Garret then presented Todd with the items at school and filmed his reaction.“He wasn’t smiling or anything, and I was like ‘I think this is going to make you smile.’ We’re in the same third period and I apologize for laughing at you, and I want to give you something to make it up,” Graham said.The video has since been gone viral and has inspired other’s to take action as well.Todd says he extremely grateful because has been bullied all of his life and Graham and Garrett are the first people to give him a gift.last_img read more

Teenage quartet will challenge for Irish title

first_img1 Jun 2015 Teenage quartet will challenge for Irish title Four teenagers will represent England Golf in the Irish boys’ open amateur championship at Tuam Golf Club, from 23-26 June. They are Oliver Clarke of Lancashire (image © Leaderboard Photography), Max Martin of Warwickshire, Rhys Nevin-Wharton of Cheshire and Gian-Marco Petrozzi of Staffordshire. They will be aiming to follow in the footsteps of Bradley Moore, of Kedleston Park in Derbyshire, who won the title last year at Thurles in Tipperary. The championship is played over 72 holes with a cut to the leading 50 players and ties after the third round. The players: Oliver Clarke, 16, (Hillside) was in England’s winning team at the 2014 Canadian International Junior Challenge and was third in the English U16 boys’ championship for the MacGregor Trophy. He is in the England Golf boys’ squad. Max Martin, 17, (Ladbrook Park) represented Warwickshire at last year’s men’s County Finals and was third boy at the 2014 Fairhaven Trophies. Rhys Nevin-Wharton, 17, (Sandiway) was the runner-up in last year’s Daily Telegraph Junior championship. He is in the England Golf boys’ squad. Gian-Marco Petrozzi, 18, (Trentham) has had a string of high finishes this season in the Welsh strokeplay, the Darwin Salver, the Fairhaven Trophies and the Peter McEvoy Trophy.last_img read more

Fourth US win for Bronte Law

first_img English women’s champion Bronte Law has just scored her fourth win on the US college circuit, with a back-to-back victory. Law, from Bramhall in Cheshire, won the Stanford Intercollegiate hosted by Condoleezza Rice for the second year in a row. She won both titles with a score of eight-under par, signing off this year with a three-under 68 and a three shot winning margin. She scored 67, 70 in the first two rounds. Law, a student at UCLA (image © Leaderboard Photography), had six birdies in her final round with three bogeys. She led the field with 16 birdies and was a tournament-best 5-under on the par fours. The 20-year-old has just helped England win the women’s silver medal at the Spirit International Amateur Championship. Law, who is currently ranked seventh in the world, is and England and GB&I international who has played in two Curtis Cup teams. She successfully defended her English women’s amateur title this summer, winning by 16 shots, and tied fourth in the European amateur. Last year she won the individual women’s bronze medal at the World Amateur Team Championship. 21 Oct 2015 Fourth US win for Bronte Law last_img read more

Emily doubles up with second win in a week

first_img5 Apr 2016 Emily doubles up with second win in a week England teenager Emily Price completed a winning double in women’s golf events with a one-shot victory in The Leveret at Formby Ladies’ in Lancashire. She was one-under par for the 36 holes – played in continuous rain – and added it to her success in the Whittington Ladies’ Trophy only four days earlier. Price, an England girl international, scored one-over 72 in the first round and followed up with 69 in the afternoon, the best score of the day. “I’m really happy to have got two wins out of my first two events, it’s more than I could have asked for and it’s a good start to the season,” said the 16-year-old from Cleobury Mortimer (Image © Leaderboard Photography). “Now, I just hope I keep my form going this week,” she added as she looked forward to the Scottish girls’ championship, which starts tomorrow. In the Leveret the first round pace was set by three players who shot 70: Kent’s Cloe Frankish (Chart Hills) and the Yorkshire pair of Rochelle Morris (Woodsome Hall) and Olivia Winning (Rotherham). Price, meanwhile, was among a group of four players who carded 72, but she had no time to check the leaderboard at lunchtime, when she had a 10-minute turnaround. “I didn’t know who had played well so I just went out and kept my head down and let everything take care of itself. I knew I needed to shoot a nice score and when I got in I found I was leading, but I had to wait for the rest of the girls to come in before I knew I’d won.” Once again, Price saw the benefit of her winter work on her putting game. “I used to three putt all the time! Now I’m holing more putts and more birdies are coming from that.” Price is a past winner of the English U15 girls’ championship and has represented England and GB&I at U16 level. She is a member of the England Golf girls’ squad. Morris scored 72 in the second round to finish as runner-up on level par, one shot ahead of Frankish. Caitlin Whitehead (Kendal) and Winning were a further stroke behind on two-over. Click here for full scoreslast_img read more

Lancashire snatch dramatic victory at Senior County Finals

first_img Tags: competitions, County Finals, Dorset, Lancashire, match play, Nottinghamshire, Senior golf, Sussex Lancashire pulled off the great escape today when they snatched victory from Sussex in the title showdown for the English Senior Men’s County Championship.Bryan Hughes drained a 30ft putt on the 18th at Stanton-on-the-Wolds to win his match by one hole and give Lancashire their third win in this championship.“It was the putt of my life,” said the 2017 British Senor Champion (pictured top). “And it was the first one I holed today!”Lancashire’s 5-4 win was a result which had seemed highly unlikely as little as 45 minutes earlier and underlined, once again, the team’s ability to dig deep when it counts. “You couldn’t write this script,” said team member Neil Self, who contributed a 5/4 win to the scoreline.Tony Flanagan, who won 3/2 in the singles, added: “I don’t know how we did that. We’ve been behind every day.”That’s been the theme of their championship. Each day they’ve trailed their opposition, each day they’ve frayed their captain’s nerves – but each day they’ve kept themselves in it and, finally, claimed the prize (pictured below).Their emotional captain Mike Gray said: “I have always believed in them but at times today I thought someone up there didn’t!“When they have to, they dig in, they deliver. They play for the team and they just don’t give up. And winning this is just a wonderful feeling,” added Gray, who was making his seventh visit to county finals, five as a player and twice as a winning captain.Today’s match was always going to be tight. Sussex, with two good wins behind them, were clearly in good and confident form. And the action unfolded as predicted. The foursomes were shared with two tense matches going to the 18th.As the singles got underway Sussex appeared to have a real grip on the match. They were ahead in four games as the players went through six holes and up in five at the half way stage.Lancashire got the first point, courtesy of Neil Self, but Martin King delivered a major boost for Sussex when he beat British Senior Champion Trevor Foster 3/2. “I just played great match play golf. I was in trouble a few times on the back nine and Trevor probably thought he would get one back but I escaped,” he said.The next point went Lancashire’s way, thanks to Tony Flanagan, but Sussex were up in the other three games on the course. It was the signal for the Lancashire rally to begin.Ian Crowther brought them within touching distance of an unlikely victory when he came from behind to win the last hole to halve his game. Then Bryan Hughes completed the comeback with his last hole birdie. It was the only time he was up in his match – but it was enough!In the final game on the course Tony Flanagan kept fighting and took the action to the 18th, but Martin Galway made sure the point went to Sussex, who are runners-up for the second year in succession.In the day’s other match Dorset defeated the host county, Nottinghamshire 6.5-2.5 to take third place.For full scores click hereImages copyright Leaderboard Photography 11 Oct 2018 Lancashire snatch dramatic victory at Senior County Finals last_img read more

‘It’s a special feeling’- Dougherty’s message to class of 2020

first_img6 Jan 2020 ‘It’s a special feeling’- Dougherty’s message to class of 2020 Tags: England Boys’ Squad, England Girl’s, England Men’s Team, england women Nick Dougherty knows all about representing England and winning at the top level.Now the three-times European Tour winner and lead presenter at Sky Sports has encouraged the England Golf class of 2020 to pull on their kit with pride and never take the feeling for granted.Before embarking on a hugely successful professional career and then making the switch into broadcasting with consummate ease, Dougherty came through the ranks at England Golf.A three-times Faldo Series winner in his teens, Dougherty also helped England win the World Junior Championships in 1998 and 1999.In 1999, Dougherty also won the individual title at the World Junior Championships in Japan while that same year his England team were crowned European champions.His career as a boys’ and then men’s international is catalogued in the record books and also in framed photographs dotted about the hallways of the England Golf offices at Woodhall Spa.A look at the boys’ team portraits hanging on the walls brought a smile to Dougherty’s face as he returned to Lincolnshire last month to address the 2019 Performance Conference.“You can see from these photos I was a little bit behind on the fitness side!” said Dougherty with a laugh.But if fitness was a work in progress, then the golf game displayed by a teenage Dougherty following his debut in 1997 was already on track.Dougherty looks back with satisfaction at his days wearing the white of England in Home Internationals, European and World championship events.The 37-year-old says that those fortunate to presently be coming through the system at Woodhall Spa and the National Golf Centre should appreciate what an opportunity they have earned.“It really was the good old days,” said Dougherty with an undeniable pride in his voice.“My first cap with the boys’ squad was at Royal North Devon in 1997 (pictured above).“When you represent your country, it’s special.“Playing for your county is great, but I quickly realised playing for England meant there weren’t many people of my age better than me.“It was the start of me believing I could be a golfer for a living.“Isn’t it demoralising now to think it was a different century!“We won the Europeans, the Worlds and the Home Internationals in that time.“Ironically, the Home Internationals were the hardest to win as Scotland were particularly strong back then – to win all three was great.“For us it was special to represent your nation.“It’s one of the things you miss as a pro.“Even playing Seve Trophies with GB&I isn’t the same as representing England even though it’s a big honour.“Ryder Cup is another level again but it’s a strange vibe representing Europe.“England was always slightly ahead of the other unions and that made sure there was plenty of needle.“The matches against Scotland were massive but the games against Wales and Ireland were similar.“It was fun being part of a great team and it was the start of the journey for me. Today’s players should embrace it too.”England Golf moved to Woodhall Spa in 1995 and Dougherty was one of the first groups to train at the new facility.“It was a more professional set-up to anything I had seen at that stage in my career,” he added.“England broke the game down. Until then the plan was ‘hit it, find it and hit it again’.“Prior to joining up with England we were also told to make sure you have a big meal before you go out on the course so you don’t run out of gas!“Breaking it down to fitness and psychology was all part of my learning and what I went on to do as a professional.”Dougherty is now immersed in the professional game thanks to his TV work with Sky.However, he keeps tabs on the talent coming through thanks to conversations on tour with England Golf coach and Tommy Fleetwood’s short-game guru, Graham Walker (pictured with Nick above).“You hear of the kids and look at the big events and see a Ben Schmidt or a Conor Gough coming through,” added Dougherty.“At the same age as Ben, I won the salver at the Brabazon which I thought was special – it’s not as special as winning the main thing!“These events are a real pre-cursor to what they are about to achieve.“You can only beat the best around you. You can’t compare a Ben Schmidt to a Tommy Fleetwood, but you can compare him to his peers.“Maybe he will be the next one to challenge Tommy.“It’s more competitive now and that’s a testament to the coaches at England Golf and other unions.“It’s about creating the superstars of tomorrow as well as celebrating the amateur game.“The access to coaches, science and learning is here so it’s no surprise to see more players coming through.“If it was the same as we were doing 20 years ago then we have a problem.“Not everything we did 20 years ago was wrong, but the game has changed and the way information is used and transferred to the younger players is the right way.“The England Golf coaches have the right balance and that is shown by the results.”last_img read more

Lloyd still blazing a trail nearly 60 years after the ‘shot heard around the world’

first_imgWhen Earl Lloyd, a ninth-round pick of the Washington Capitols, made his debut Oct. 31, 1950, and scored his first points against the Rochester Royals, it was the shot that was heard around the world.“Veni, vidi, vici” is the sentence that Julius Caesar was reported to have uttered when he took possession of Rome: “I came, I saw, I conquered.” COOPER TRIBUTE— RIGHT: NBA great Earl Lloyd speaks to crowd at a ceremony honoring Chuck Cooper at the August Wilson Center Dec. 4. LEFT: EARL LLOYD,  Syracuse Nationals, circa 1954. Lloyd shattered the NBA racial barrier by becoming the first African-American player to play in the National Basketball Association, which today is dominated by Black players.Like Caesar’s war chests of gold and silver coins, Lloyd’s NBA legacy has produced more Black millionaires than all the Fortune 500 companies combined.All who witnessed Lloyd’s step on the first rung of basketball’s ladder of success that October day nearly 60 years ago wondered how high up that ladder he would ascend. As it turned out, Lloyd and Jim Turner, a star on Duquesne’s teams in the early 1950s, were teammates on the Syracuse Nationals and became the first African-Americans to play on the NBA championship team in 1954-55.“The NBA now has a Rookie Transitional Program at the IBM Convention Center and I’m invite to speak to the Rookies every year,” said Lloyd. “Now the NBA only has two rounds of the draft and I tell the Black players that during my time (1950), there would only be one player here Chuck Cooper, who was drafted in the second round.”How Earl Lloyd came to play basketball in the NBA is right out of a movie script. “The racial climate was different in my day. In my day diversity was a tall guy and a short guy,” said Lloyd. “I went to West Virginia State because not a lot of schools were available to us. Most of the talent found their way into CIAA schools.“You heard being in the right place at the right time, but most important is right people. My high school coach encouraged me to go to West Virginia State. I said to myself if this school can make me half the man that he is then I made the right choice.“My high school coach and my college coach both played at West Virginia State. My college coach, Dr. Hamlin, has a science building named after him. That’s deep, man.”Lloyd was looked upon by the youth in the African-American community as a version of Hercules, a man who conquered those monsters of doubt and uncertainty being voiced by a White America that believed that no Black man would ever play in the NBA.But apparently Lloyd never got the memo and like Hercules of myth, Lloyd earned his place and nothing was handed to him.“If I didn’t do it, it would have been somebody else. I was on a television show and the host asked me about Barack Obama,” said Lloyd. “I told him that we always told our kids that you could do anything you want to do. That’s one we can scratch off the list.“My hometown is Alexandria, Va. You heard of the movie ‘Remember the Titans’? That movie was about my hometown. My high school was deep in the cradle of segregation. We were so good, because all the White kids would get all the summer jobs, so we played sports all day, every day. I finally wrote a book about my life that will be out soon.”Jackie Robinson in 1947 was the first African-American to play professional baseball, but he was told that he could never retaliate. Was that the same with Lloyd and professional basketball?“No, I knocked them out quickly. That’s the only advantage I had over Jackie,” said Lloyd. “We were in Philadelphia and the gym was always hot and I was sweating and a fan yelled “Lloyd, go back to Africa and I took some food and threw it right in his face.”Lloyd, like Atlas, holds the National Basketball Association on his strong shoulders and the basketball in the palms of his hand. You could call him a poster child for dealing with adversity as he often stretched the boundaries of what is commonly practiced by others.He has carved out a unique place in the basketball landscape. He played for 10 years and is in the NBA Hall of Fame. His life and what he stands for are the things that movies are made of.Remember the life of Earl Lloyd.(Editor’s note: There has been some confusion about who was the first Black in the NBA. In 1950 Chuck Cooper, Boston Celtics, was the first Black drafted by the NBA. Lloyd, Washington Capitals, was the first Black to play in the NBA, and Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton, New York Knicks, was the first Black to sign with the NBA. Lloyd’s team opened a day before the Celtics and Knicks.)last_img read more

City League basketball preview …Boys ‘top dogs’ remain the same

first_imgThe Allderdice Dragons held the second-best overall record in the City League last year, behind defending champ Perry. This season, they hope to see things turn out differently after suffering a crushing 61-35 defeat in the City championship last year to the Commodores at the A.J. Palumbo Center.However, both teams have something in common. They both lost two of the league’s most talented athletes to graduation. The Dragons lost their 6-6 center Will Clarke, who is now a freshman defensive end for the West Virginia Mountaineers. Perry also lost a deep post threat in New Pittsburgh Courier City League Player of the Year, 6-5 forward Vaughn Morgan, who was noted for his great leaping, shot blocking abilities and inside scoring.“We are a smaller team this year and we’ve made an emphasis on being quicker,” said Perry’s head coach Marco Corona. “We are very excited, confident and comfortable with the threats that we have this year. I think that we can compete with just about anyone (we face).”Perry will feature one of the better backcourts in the City League this season with junior guards Greg McGhee and Marcus Smith. They will return this season hoping to lead their Commodores back to this year’s title game. However, most of Allderdice’s optimism comes from the fact that they will return four starters from last year’s runner-up team. One of them is 6-4 forward Ishmael Swain who is expected to compliment a solid core of talent this season for the Dragons.“When we got to the championship, we were in awe of everything around us. We didn’t fight the way we wanted to fight,” said Allderdice’s head coach Andre McDonald. “That loss, and the way we lost, got us concentrating more.”The Oliver Bears lost two of their key players to graduation in guards Sofion Moore and DeVaughn Copeland, but still have a vital threat in the 6-1 senior guard Evan Schell who can pull up from pretty much anywhere on the court. They finished last season with the third-best mark in the league at 17-9.Before losing to the champion Commodores in the semi-finals last season, Oliver beat them in a 59-43 home victory in a post-season style atmosphere.Brashear will also bring back football standout in guard Henri Chatman as they also hope to be a part of the championship hunt in February.Rounding out the City will be Schenley, Westinghouse, Langley, Carrick and Peabody, which should battle for the second tier. Eight of the nine teams in the City will make the playoffs in the City.  Former powerhouse Schenley was just another team last season and once again this season, with much of its talent being split up with the move to Reizenstein, and into other schools, plus some of the talent from the Hill District is going to Milliones school which is being transformed from a middle school to six through 12 next year, it goes to the 11th this year, but has no team.last_img read more

No. 20 Pittsburgh beats St. John’s 63-47

first_imgTOUGH DEFENSE–St. John’s D’Angelo Harrison, left, fights for a loose ball with Pittsburgh’s Durand Johnson in the first half at Madison Square Garden in New York, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)by Jim O’ConnellAP Basketball WriterNEW YORK (AP) — The word was Pittsburgh, a program known for tough practices over the years, had a week of tough practices following consecutive losses to ranked teams.The 20th-ranked Panthers became the latest Pitt team to benefit from those tough practices, beating St. John’s 63-47 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.“We focus on losses a little more than wins, those are the ones people seem to remember,” Pitt coach Jamie Dixon said. “We responded and we came out and we beat a really good team by 16 on their court. I think that says a lot of good things about our guys.”Tray Woodall, one of two seniors on the roster, and redshirt junior Lamar Patterson have been through these rough practices before. When they were asked about the latest stretch of tough ways to kill days before the next game, both gave that small, knowing smile before talking.“We had a lot of hard practices,” Patterson said. “Coach got after us and we should expect us with the way we played the last two games. Rebounding was the main focus but those practices got us ready for today.”The losses to Marquette and Notre Dame, the latter of which has already been entered as a training tape for what not to do on offense, were no longer the topic of conversation. The latest win was.Woodall scored a season-high 25 points, including two huge 3-pointers in the second half, and Patterson had 11 points for the Panthers (21-7, 9-6 Big East), who have won five of their past seven road games.Woodall was 8 of 14 from the field, including 4 of 7 from 3-point range, and didn’t have a turnover despite handling the ball most of the time.“He was terrific in every way,” Dixon said. “I think every shot he took was a great shot. He handled the ball well and he played good defense.”The game was basically decided by the teams’ leading scorers: Woodall, who came in averaging 10.9 points per game, and D’Angelo Harrison of the Red Storm, the Big East’s No. 3 scorer with an 18.3 average, who finished with six points on 1-of-12 shooting.Harrison didn’t sound concerned about the shooting.“It was really nothing to worry about,” Harrison said. “You’re always the next shot from being hot. It was one of those nights.“If we had converted some of the shots we usually make it would have been a different ballgame. You credit Pittsburgh and their team. They capitalized on our misses and we turned the ball over. Just missing shots and careless turnovers. We take care of that and we’ll be fine.”JaKarr Sampson had 14 points and Phil Greene added 11 for the Red Storm (16-11, 8-7), who have lost three of four overall and eight of the past nine games against Pittsburgh.The Red Storm had three turnovers in the first half. They matched that figure in the opening 4:10 of the second half and finished with nine — in the second half. The Panthers finished with a 17-4 advantage in points off turnovers.“I thought we took care of the ball well in the first half and that allowed us to be competitive,” St. John’s coach Steve Lavin said. “We held our own on the boards in both halves, but the combination of the nine turnovers and the 17 points off those turnovers led to a 16-point game.”The teams came in tied for seventh in the 15-team league. The top eight finishers get a bye to the second round, a day of rest in a tournament that can stretch to five days for a team that doesn’t get that opening bye.Sir’Dominic Pointer made two free throws 2 1-2 minutes into the second half to give the Red Storm a 33-32 lead, just their second of the game.Woodall, a native of Brooklyn who has spent his senior season climbing Pitt’s career statistics lists, hit a 3-pointer with 17:08 to play to give the Panthers the lead for good. He scored the first eight points of a 10-2 run that gave Pitt a 42-35 lead with 15:13 left.The Red Storm, despite Harrison’s shooting woes, were still in it when Chris Obekpa made two free throws to make it 42-39 with 12:08 to play.The Panthers went on a 13-2 run from there and the basket that silenced the crowd at Madison Square Garden was a long 3 by Woodall that made it 53-41 with 6:29 to go.St. John’s point guard Jamal Branch returned after missing four games with a sprained MCL in his left knee. He entered the game with 8 minutes left in the first half, playing for 2 minutes. He came into the game again with 9 minutes to play and saw just a minute. Branch, who missed two shots and had one turnover, came in averaging 8.3 points and 2.5 assists.last_img read more

Miserable night at wrong time for Manning

first_imgDenver Broncos’ Peyton Manning looks to pass against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – The talk, at least before the Denver Broncos took a team vote and decided not to show up for the game, was that Peyton Manning might call it a career and ride off into the sunset after winning his second Super Bowl ring.After as miserable a performance as you will ever see on a big stage by a future Hall of Famer, the Broncos might be excused if they just don’t invite him back.They will, of course, because Manning can still put up big numbers and win more games than the average quarterback. He actually set a Super Bowl record Sunday night by completing 34 passes, though the vast majority were meaningless short throws that the Seattle Seahawks were more than happy to give him in a 43-8 blowout.But after a second Super Bowl flop where the 37-year-old seemed to be aging by the minute, it may be that Manning is destined to forever be among a large group of quarterbacks who win the big one only once.Yes, he had plenty of help from teammates who couldn’t hold onto the ball and others who seemed to forget how to tackle. Yes, the Seahawks have a suffocating defense filled with players who like to hit and strut and then do it all over again.But it was Manning and center Manny Ramirez who set the tone with a miscommunication for the ages on the opening play from scrimmage. And it was Manning who threw two first half interceptions that gave the opportunistic Seahawks a lead they weren’t about to give up.One of the greatest quarterbacks ever? Not this night, when Manning seemed jittery and unprepared against a Seahawks defense eager to stake a claim to greatness of their own.He wasn’t even the greatest in the Broncos locker room afterward, where John Elway stood against a wall and tried to give an explanation about something he couldn’t explain.“You gotta play well in this game,” Elway said. “Gotta play well to win.”That Manning didn’t even come close was a shocker, after a season where he set NFL records with 55 touchdown passes and 5,447 yards while leading the league’s top-ranked offense. He failed to become the first quarterback to win Super Bowls with two different teams, and is 11-12 in playoff games.Tom Brady has lost a few of these, but he never completely gave them away. Joe Montana wouldn’t have even dreamed of it.Heck, it’s hard to even imagine the other Manning sibling – who owns two rings of his own – losing like this.“To finish this way is very disappointing,” Manning said. “It’s a bitter pill to swallow.”That Manning was even playing at the end of the game is testament to his stubbornness, if nothing else. His night should have ended on the previous Denver possession, when he was hit while throwing and fumbled the ball away for his third turnover of the game.Maybe he just wanted to end with one good pass, and he did. After hitting reserve back C.J. Anderson on a throw across the middle for 14 yards, he settled for handing the ball off as the final seconds ticked off.Afterward, he dressed slowly in front of his locker, putting a knot in his tie and slipping on his suit coat. Then he trudged off, head down and hands in pocket, to the interview tent where he knew the questions ahead.The play that sent the game into a tailspin was blamed on crowd noise, though Manning has played in far noisier places than a MetLife stadium that was filled with 82,529 people with divided loyalties. Manning said he was moving forward to change the cadence when Ramirez snapped the football past him and running back Knowshon Moreno fell on it for a safety that was the fastest score in Super Bowl history.“It’s not the way you want to start a game,” he said. “For whatever reason we couldn’t get anything going after that.”Someone then asked Manning if the Broncos were embarrassed by a blowout in a game they had entered as slight favorites.“It’s not embarrassing at all, I would never use that word,” he said. “The word embarrassing is an insulting word, to tell you the truth.”With that, Manning was gone, with as nifty of an escape as he had made all night. He had said he had a lot to think about during the offseason, and it was time for the thinking to begin.He will be back, unless doctors who treat his neck say otherwise.But it’s hard to imagine how next season will end any better than this one did.____Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at tdahlberg@ap.org or http://twitter.com/timdahlberglast_img read more

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