NFL: Peyton Manning appears ready to commit to playing the 2015 season, although no final decision has been made, according to two reports Friday.

ESPN and USA Today Sports reported that Manning told the Denver Broncos he is physically and mentally prepared to play the 2015 season.


ERNIE BANKS: Beloved Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks, who once said he wanted to have his ashes scattered at Wrigley Field, is at the center of a battle over his remains.

His estranged wife, Elizabeth Banks, has filed a petition to prevent Regina Rice, who describes herself as a longtime friend of Banks, from having his body cremated.

According to Elizabeth Banks’ attorney, Howard Golden, Banks is buried at Graceland Cemetery near Wrigley Field. But a person who answered the phone at Graceland said Banks is not buried there.

MLB: Kansas City and closer Greg Holland avoided arbitration when they agreed to an $8.25 million, one-year deal.


MEMPHIS OPEN: Donald Young needed three sets to beat Bernard Tomic of Australia 7-6 (8), 4-6, 7-5 in the quarterfinals.

Young will play No. 2 seed Kevin Anderson of South Africa, a 6-4, 6-4 winner over sixth-seeded Steve Johnson, on Saturday.

BRAZIL OPEN: Qualifier Luca Vanni of Italy defeated Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4) to advance to the semis.

The 149th-ranked Vanni served 10 aces to clinch the win at the clay-court tournament and reach his first career ATP semifinal.

WORLD TENNIS TOURNAMENT: Gilles Simon secured his first win over top-seeded Andy Murray in eight years to set up a semifinal with defending champion Tomas Berdych in Rotterdam.


WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: American Ted Ligety captured his third straight giant slalom title in Beaver Creek, Colorado.


CHAMPIONS TOUR: Colin Montgomerie shot a 6-under 66 for a one-shot lead over Tommy Armour III after one round of the ACE Group Classic in Naples, Florida.

OBITUARY: Rhonda Glenn, the first female anchor on ESPN, died of cancer in Gainesville, Florida. She was 68.

– From news service reports