Peyton Manning has agreed to restructure his contract with the Indianapolis Colts to save the team nearly $8 million in salary cap space.
The Super Bowl MVP was to receive a $10 million roster bonus during the offseason, but by converting the money into a regular signing bonus, the Colts can prorate that amount over the remaining four years of his deal. That saves Indianapolis space under the cap, which is $109 million.
The restructuring was disclosed to the Associated Press yesterday by a person familiar with the negotiations who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been signed.
Colts spokesman Craig Kelley said the team had no comment.
Manning signed a $98 million contract in March 2004 after he shared the league's MVP award with Steve McNair in the 2003 season. . . .
Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Odell Thurman pleaded no contest to driving drunk last September and said he was undergoing treatment for alcohol abuse.
Hamilton County (Ohio) Municipal Court Judge John Burlew imposed a 90-day jail sentence but said Thurman did not have to start serving it yet. Another court hearing was set for June 5, at which time the judge said he planned to reduce the sentence if Thurman, 23, continues treatment and has no other alcohol-related offenses.
He suspended Thurman's driver's license for a year and fined him $250 and court costs.
After the arrest Sept. 25, the NFL suspended Thurman for the season. He already had been serving a four-game suspension from the league for missing an offseason drug test.
· HOCKEY: The New York Rangers placed veteran forward Brendan Shanahan on injured reserve and recalled forward Brad Isbister from Hartford (Conn.) of the American Hockey League.
Shanahan has missed two games since suffering a concussion on Saturday after colliding with Philadelphia Flyers forward Mike Knuble.
The 38-year-old leads the Rangers with 28 goals this season.
· TENNIS: Defending champion Justine Henin advanced to the quarterfinals of the Dubai Women's Open, beating 16-year-old qualifier Tamira Paszek, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1, in the United Arab Emirates.
Henin will face Eleni Daniilidou, a 5-7, 6-1, 7-5 winner over Ai Sugiyama.
Martina Hingis, the 2001 winner, also struggled to advance, beating Anabel Medina Garrigues, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4. . . .
In Buenos Aires, Nicolas Devilder upset second-seeded Juan Carlos Ferrero, 1-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-0, pulling off his best-ever result in the Copa Telmex round robin.
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