Sports in Brief: Peyton Manning throws first passes to Wes Welker

Posted: April 12, 2013

Peyton Manning threw his first passes to his newest Broncos teammate Wes Welker during a workout Wednesday at Duke.

Welker and Denver receivers Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker joined the veteran quarterback, working with Duke coach David Cutcliffe, who was Manning's quarterbacks coach at Tennessee and oversaw much of the quarterback's work when he was recovering from his neck surgeries.

Welker left the Patriots and signed a two-year, $12 million deal with the Broncos this offseason.

HORSE RACING:John Velazquez will ride unbeaten Verrazano in the Kentucky Derby.

The jockey's agent, Angel Cordero, said Velazquez will be aboard the Wood Memorial winner in the Derby on May 4. Velazquez also rides Florida Derby winner Orb, but has decided to go with Verrazano, the 3-year-old colt many expect to be the Derby favorite.

Velazquez, who fractured a rib and chipped a bone in his right wrist in a spill Sunday, was cleared to resume riding May 1.

AUTO RACING: For the first time in 24 years, an Andretti was behind the wheel of an open-wheel car at Pocono.

Marco Andretti, a third-generation driver, slid into the cockpit of his No. 25 Chevrolet and sped off at over 200 m.p.h. on Pocono Raceway to officially end an open-wheel drought that stretched from 1989.

IndyCar was back on track at Pocono.

Mario Andretti, Marco's grandfather and an open-wheel great, tinkered with the car on pit road and even picked bugs off the windshield.

Four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Rick Mears watched from the garage. The throwback stars weren't about to miss the IndyCar Series hit the triangle track for a tire test in preparation for the July 7 race.

COLLEGE HOCKEY: The Frozen Four will be staged in Pittsburgh in a week of firsts for the sport.

For starters, the Frozen Four has never been to Western Pennsylvania. And three of the four teams in this year's tournament - Massachusetts Lowell, St. Cloud State, and Quinnipiac - have never been to the national semifinals. To top it all off, Yale, the fourth member, is hardly a veteran. In fact, it's been 61 years since the Bulldogs have made it this far.

- Inquirer wire services

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