CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Panthers coach Ron Rivera said All-Pro linebacker Thomas Davis had surgery Monday morning on his broken right forearm, but is expected to play in the Super Bowl.

Rivera said it's ''my understanding is if everything goes well it is something he can mostly certainly play with - so we are excited about that possibility.''

Rivera said the 11-year NFL veteran may need to wear a brace on his arm similar to the one New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski wears.

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Rivera broke his arm in the second quarter of Carolina's 49-15 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday in the NFC championship. Davis said after the game he fully expected to play in the Feb. 7 Super Bowl because, ''I believe in me.''

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Peyton Manning earned back half of the $4 million pay cut he accepted last winter by leading the Denver Broncos back to the Super Bowl.

He can recoup the rest with a win over Carolina in two weeks.

Manning agreed to GM John Elway's request that he reduce his 2015 salary to $15 million. But he did so with the caveat that he could earn back every penny by getting to and winning Super Bowl 50.

Each member of the Broncos earned $46,000 Sunday when they beat New England 20-18.

The Super Bowl winners each get $102,000 and the losing team's individual share is $51,000.

Manning earned $882,352 each week during the regular season.


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida State University has settled a Title IX lawsuit with a former student who said the school failed to adequately investigate allegations that she was raped by former star quarterback Jameis Winston.

The settlement was announced a day before Winston's accuser, Erica Kinsman, had been scheduled to give a deposition in the case. As part of the settlement, FSU is making a five-year commitment to sexual assault awareness and prevention. The university also has agreed to publish annual reports for the next five years about those programs.

Florida State said in a statement that it has formed a Sexual Assault Prevention Task Group, hired a full-time Title IX coordinator, added six positions to improve campus safety and required all incoming freshmen to complete an online course to make ''more informed choices about sex and relationships.''

FSU President John Thrasher also noted that there have been more than 100 training sessions conducted on campus dealing with sexual assault and how to prevent it.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk has been suspended indefinitely.

Athletic director Mack Rhodes and coach Barry Odom announced the punishment after a brief video was posted to Twitter. It shows a person appearing to snort a white, powder-like substance and the accompanying tweet mentions Mauk by name, but there was no confirmation from Missouri that the video shows the quarterback.

Rhodes and Odom said in their joint statement they are ''gathering information regarding the video in question.'' They said they will take ''appropriate action'' once they have all the facts.

It is Mauk's third suspension in the last four months. He was suspended in September for an undisclosed violation of team policy and again in November for unspecified disciplinary reasons.


NEW YORK (AP) - Baseball's strike zone could be getting a slight lift.

Major League Baseball is studying whether to raise the bottom of the strike zone from the hollow beneath the kneecap back to the top of the kneecap.

During an interview with The Associated Press on his anniversary as baseball commissioner, Rob Manfred said: ''I'm not in a position to predict whether it's going to happen or not.''

Strike zone data was included in a presentation given to owners at their meeting last week. An agreement with the players' association would be necessary to make a change for this year.

The debate comes following a decade-and-a-half decline in offense before a slight uptick in the second half last season.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Major League Baseball has determined Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish had no role in any of the activities that led to the arrest of his brother in Japan for allegedly running an illegal gambling ring.

MLB was looking into the October arrest of Sho Darvish as part of standard protocol and not investigating the pitcher, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because MLB and the Rangers have not publicly released the findings.

The person said the investigation found no involvement by Yu Darvish.

Sho Darvish was arrested after he reportedly took about 1,850 bets on MLB games as well as professional baseball games in Japan. His arrest came after a police investigation in Japan that lasted more than a year.

It was unclear if any bets were taken on games involving the Rangers. The Japan Times said Osaka police have not accused Yu Darvish of any wrongdoing.

NEW YORK (AP) - Mike Piazza's No. 31 will be retired by the New York Mets this summer.

The Mets said the number will be retired July 30 before a game against Colorado, part of the weekend celebrating the catcher, who will be inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame on July 24.

Piazza's joins Tom Seaver (No. 41) as the only Mets' players whose numbers are retired. New York also retired the numbers of two managers, Casey Stengel (37) and Gil Hodges (14) and No. 42 is retired throughout the majors to honor Jackie Robinson.