Payton: Saints don't plan to add Manziel

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PHOENIX (AP) Sean Payton looked around at the crowd of reporters and chuckled, knowing why they'd come to his table at the NFC coaches breakfast Wednesday morning.

He then shot down a report that his New Orleans Saints had interest in troubled quarterback Johnny Manziel.

Payton had breakfast with Manziel during Super Bowl week, but it was only a get-acquainted meeting. Payton noted he was suspended in 2012 for his role in the Saints' bounty scandal and got to "watch from afar" Manziel's Heisman Trophy season at Texas A&M.

Irvin investigated for sexual battery

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) Police in Florida are investigating sexual battery allegations made by a woman against former NFL star Michael Irvin.

Fort Lauderdale police confirmed Wednesday that the Hall of Fame receiver's name was listed on a sexual battery incident report. The report says the alleged encounter involving Irvin took place at a Fort Lauderdale hotel on March 22. (MORE)

Barca calls Messi ban 'disproportionate'

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Barcelona says Lionel Messi's four-match international suspension for insulting a linesman was "unfair and totally disproportionate."

Barcelona released a statement Wednesday expressing "its surprise and indignation" with FIFA's decision to sideline the playmaker for so long following the incident in Argentina's win over Chile in World Cup qualifying last week. (MORE)

US rebounds, confident in Arena's return

PANAMA CITY (AP) Omar Gonzalez looked relieved as he spoke in the tunnel underneath Estadio Rommel Fernandez.

Last in the standings with a 0-2 record last week, the United States jumped to fourth with a 6-0 rout of Honduras at home followed by a difficult point earned in a physical 1-1 draw at Panama on Tuesday night. (MORE)

USA Hockey, women's team reach agreement

Just three days before hosting the world championships, USA Hockey and the women's national team reached an agreement to end a wage dispute and avoid a boycott on home ice.

The four-year deal finalized Tuesday night pays players beyond the six-month Olympic period, up to $129,000 if they win Olympic gold and improves development of the sport. (MORE)

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