FOOTBALL

Colts have made decision on player they’ll select with first pick in draft

Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson said he has decided who to take with the No. 1 pick in next week’s NFL draft. He’s just not giving away the secret yet.

Grigson told reporters Wednesday that the Colts have settled on their choice, but there is no rush to sign that selection before the draft begins April 26.

Team owner Jim Irsay has said repeatedly that the Colts would take Peyton Manning’s successor with the top pick, presumably using it on either Stanford’s Andrew Luck or Baylor’s Robert Griffin III.

Indy brought in Luck for a private workout this month and also for an interview. Griffin has not traveled to Indy for any personal meetings and is widely expected to be taken by the Redskins with the second overall pick.

PREP SCHOOLS

GIRLS’ LACROSSE: Lindsay Brattan had five goals as Berwick Academy beat Tilton 8-4 at South Berwick.

Aimee Brian had two goals and Shannon Farrell chipped in a goal and an assist for Berwick.

Kaitlyn Wurver made eight saves for the win.

COLLEGES

MEN’S BASKETBALL: Toledo will be banned from next year’s postseason because of past academic problems after the NCAA denied the school’s appeal.

Basketball standout C.J. Leslie is returning to North Carolina State for his junior season, a decision that will make the Wolfpack one of the favorites in the Atlantic Coast Conference next year.

TENNIS

MONTE CARLO MASTERS: Seven-time defending champion Rafael Nadal and top-ranked Novak Djokovic began their clay-court seasons with comfortable wins in the second round in Monaco.

Djokovic opened with a 6-1, 6-4 win against Andreas Seppi of Italy, while Nadal followed with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Jarkko Nieminen of Finland.

SOCCER

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Didier Drogba scored in the second minute of first-half stoppage time, and Chelsea held on to beat defending champion Barcelona 1-0 in the first leg of the semifinals at London.

OLYMPICS

AUCTION: Christie’s auction house said a silver cup awarded to the Greek runner who won the first Olympic marathon in 1896 was sold for more than 540,000 pounds ($865,000).

Spyros Louis was presented with the cup, a silver medal, an antique vase, an olive branch and a diploma by Greece’s King George I for his Athens victory in the 25-mile (roughly 40-kilometer) race. That’s slightly shorter than the modern, 26.2-mile-long marathon.

The cup was being sold by Louis’ grandson, who shares the same name as his grandfather.

— From staff and news services