COLTS SIGN MANNING: Peyton Manning has his rookie-record $48 million contract. But it won't mean anything if he doesn't play well.

"People ask me what I plan to do with my money. I plan to earn it," the Indianapolis Colts quarterback said Tuesday night before signing a six-year deal that includes an $11.6 million signing bonus.

LEVENS WANTS $5 MILLION: Pro Bowl running back Dorsey Levens says he's willing to sit out the season if Green Bay won't pony up roughly $5 million a year.

"I'll be willing to compromise a little bit. But I think I want to get pretty close to $5 (million)."


TYSON APPLIES FOR LICENSE: Banned for biting, the self-described baddest man on the planet wants to show New Jersey regulators a kinder, gentler side in hopes of returning to the ring.

Mike Tyson has applied for a boxing license, hoping to jump-start his bizarre career, which ground to a halt last year when he bit Evander Holyfield's ears.


BACK SURGERY FOR PIPPEN: His back still bothering him, the free-agent market out there to be explored once the NBA lockout ends, Scottie Pippen decided to have surgery.

The doctor who performed Monday's operation said it's not career threatening.


CORRECTION: Dan Burt finished the Deseret News/Granite Furniture Marathon in 4 hours, 50 minutes this past Friday. His name was left out of the official results.


PIFL, IFL REACH DEAL: The Professional Indoor Football League has announced an agreement with co-owners Keary Ecklund and Ben Ganther of the Madison and Green Bay franchises. Their new Indoor Football League will co-exist with the PIFL. Along with the agreement, territorial borders will be established with the IFL consisting of teams in the Midwest. The two leagues will conduct a national title game for the 1999 season and beyond. The 1998 playoffs will be played as scheduled with Green Bay playing at Madison and the Colorado Wildcats at the Louisiana Bayou Beast the weekend of Aug. 7-9. The winners will then meet on Aug. 15 at the Pete Maravich Center in Baton Rouge, La.

Goodwill Games

SWIMMING: On the first night of team dual meets at the Goodwill Games on Tuesday, American women thrashed their Chinese counterparts 88-34. Jenny Thompson of Dover, N.H., and Cristina Teuscher of New Rochelle, N.Y., each won two individual events, set a games record and swam on a winning relay.

China's swim team has been tainted by drug scandals almost from the time its women started setting world records in 1994, and the United States complained bitterly about performance enhancers from the beginning.


TOUR DE FRANCE: Angry riders again halted the Tour de France today to protest the drug investigation that has enveloped the showcase race.

After starting the 17th stage slowly, many of the 133 riders stripped off their race numbers and stopped at the 20th mile of the leg from Albertville to Aix-les-Bains in the Alps. The stoppage lasted about 15 minutes.

The riders are upset at the way French officials are carrying out the investigation into the use of drugs on the Tour.