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American Football: Peyton Manning cut by the Indianapolis Colts

FOUR-time NFL MVP quarterback Peyton Manning has been cut by the Indianapolis Colts. The 36-year-old will now become the most prized NFL free agent, and will have his choice as to where he would like to continue his historic career.

In his 14 years with Indianapolis, Manning led the Colts to 11 play-off appearances and two Super Bowls. He is third all-time in NFL history in passing yards (54,828) and touchdowns (399) and was MVP in Super Bowl XLI when he captained his team to victory over the Chicago Bears in 2007.

With the release, the Colts not only avoided paying Manning the $28m bonus he was due to receive today, but also cleared a path for quarterback Andrew Luck, who is the consensus No 1 draft pick this year, and although the draft is not until April 26, it is fully expected that the Colts will select the elite Stanford quarterback.

Women's soccer

THE Ireland women's soccer team yesterday finished their preparations for next month's UEFA qualifier against Scotland on a high by beating Hungary 2-1 at the Algarve Cup.

The Hungarians had beaten Sue Ronan's Ireland side in the opening game at the friendly tournament a week earlier, but goals by Aine O'Gorman and Julie-Ann Russell won it for Ireland this time.

Winger O'Gorman put the Irish ahead on 18 minutes with a sliding finish from close-range. Russell added to the lead eight minutes into the second half. Hungary reduced the deficit with a long-range shot on the hour.

Swimming

SHANI Stallard set a new Irish record for the 200m breaststroke at the British Olympic trials in the London 2012 Aquatic Centre.

Competing in the heats of the 200m breast, the Kilkenny teenager produced a new national best of 2:30.63.

Today in London, Beijing Olympian Melanie Nocher attempts to qualify for this summer's Games when she races in the heats of the 200m backstroke.