Peyton Manning called teammate Mike Vanderjagt an "idiot kicker" at the Pro Bowl in Honolulu yesterday, three days after Vanderjagt apologized for making disparaging remarks about the Indianapolis Colts quarterback.
Manning made the comment during a live interview on ABC. He also claimed Vanderjagt was "liquored up" at the time of the Canadian cable TV interview earlier this week in which he said Manning should show more emotion.
Vanderjagt also criticized Colts Coach Tony Dungy in the interview with the Score, a Toronto-based cable sports network.
"I'm not a real big Colts fan right now, unfortunately. I just don't see us getting better," Vanderjagt said during the interview.
"Coach Dungy, he's just a mild-mannered guy. He doesn't get too excited, he doesn't get too down and I don't think that works, either. . . . I think you need a motivator, I think you need a guy that is going to get in somebody's face when they're not performing well enough."
Vanderjagt, the most accurate field goal kicker in NFL history, apologized Thursday to Dungy, Manning and the rest of his teammates. He signed a five-year, $7.75 million contract extension with the Colts in November 2000 -- at the time making him the league's highest-paid kicker. . . .
Minnesota's Dan Nystrom made a 44-yard field goal with four seconds left to cap a 24-point fourth quarter in the South's 27-24 victory on Saturday night in the Hula Bowl in Wailuku, Hawaii.
Lousiana-Lafayette's Ivan Taylor set up the winning field goal, recovering an onside kick after California's Joe Igber tied it with a one-yard dive with 55 seconds remaining.
Davenport Downs Seles
Lindsay Davenport won her first title since seriously injuring her right knee in November 2001, overpowering Monica Seles, 6-7 (8-6), 6-1, 6-2, in the Pan Pacific Open in Toyko.
"I haven't played much in the past year," said Davenport, the former No. 1 who is 10th in the current rankings. "I have a good opportunity over the next few months and my ranking can only go up. I hope to be in the top five by Wimbledon." . . .
Unseeded Martin Verkerk beat fifth-seeded Yevgeny Kafelnikov, 6-4, 5-7, 7-5, in the final of the Milan Indoors tournament for his first ATP title. . . .
Serena and Venus Williams will play for the United States in the first round of the Fed Cup against the Czech Republic in Lowell, Mass., in April. It is the fifth time in Fed Cup history that the world's top two players will be on the same team.
Inter Keeps Pace
Inter Milan won, 2-0, at Torino to remain tied with AC Milan for first place in the Italian league.
AC Milan defeated Modena, 2-1, on goals by Andrea Pirlo and Filippo Inzaghi. Defending champion Juventus played to a 1-1 tie at Atalanta.
Lazio and Chievo tied, 1-1, in Verona. Also, Parma beat Udinese, 3-2; Reggina defeated Perugia, 3-1; and Como tied Empoli, 0-0. . . .
Liverpool defeated West Ham, 3-0, in the Premier League.
Aston Villa defeated Blackburn, 3-0, on two goals by Dion Dublin in the day's other game.
Track and Field
Vaulting to a Record
Russia's Svetlana Feofanova broke her own world indoor pole vault record, jumping 15 feet 71/4 inches at the Norwich Union meet in Glasgow, Scotland.
Feofanova, 22, surpassed her mark of 15-7, set March 3 at the European indoor championships.
Twins Sign Jones
Minnesota Twins left fielder Jacque Jones avoided arbitration by signing a two-year contract.
Jones was the Twins' last remaining arbitration-eligible player. Financial terms were not available. Jones batted .300 with 27 homers and 85 RBI last season.