Giants quarterback Eli Manning received some attention for saying in a radio interview Tuesday that he considers himself in Tom Brady's class. On Wednesday, Manning tried to clarify his comments during an appearance on New York's WFAN radio: "It was kind of like, what am I supposed to say — no, I don't think so?" Manning said. "I’m trying to compete. I’m trying to be the best quarterback and trying to get to a championship. That’s what I’m trying to do every year."

Former Flyers forward Dan Carcillo, who does his best to torment opposing NHL players with his often-questionable behavior, had a few complaints about the way his old team was treated by the notorious Philadelphia media. Carcillo, who signed with the Blackhawks early this offseason, spoke with the Chicago Sun-Times and was asked if the Philly media is as tough as advertised. His response: "Yeah. It’s ridiculous. … If you lose, people look for excuses, and they nitpick. They make stories out of nothing. It’s unfortunate. That’s just the way it is.

New England golf standout Keegan Bradley joined the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning to talk about his victory at the PGA Championship over the weekend, when he rallied from five strokes down with three holes left and then edged Jason Dufner in a three-hole playoff.

The 25-year-old Bradley, a Vermont native who moved to Massachusetts as a teenager and graduated from Hopkinton High School, won the first major tournament in which he appeared. He called it "a dream come true."

Rangers president Nolan Ryan announced Monday that the team will install a bronze statue outside Rangers Ballpark honoring Shannon Stone, the 39-year-old firefighter who fell to his death after catching a ball at a game last month. The statue will depict Stone and his 6-year-old son, Cooper, at the park.

Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, in an interview with GQ magazine, said he was furious at coach Rex Ryan last year when Ryan had backup Mark Brunell practice with the first team following Sanchez' struggles in consecutive games vs. the Patriots and Dolphins: "I wanted to fight him. I was really mad," Sanchez said. Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer calmed down Sanchez, who said he still respects Ryan's honesty.

Ron Artest told The Los Angeles Times Thursday that he is "definitely going to play for the [Chesire] Jets" of the British Basketball League. Although the Jets can only pay him about $2,500 per month, Artest was lured with a promise that he will get to appear in a television soap opera and perform his music. "When they told me I had the opportunity and asked if I wanted to do a soap opera, I said, 'Of course, man.' I'm not going to run away. When I was a kid, I wanted to be on TV.

A woman who dated former baseball star Jose Canseco has a hearing Thursday after filing a temporary restraining order against the onetime Red Sox player. Fitness model Leila Shennib, 24, said she has been the victim of harassment by the 47-year-old Canseco — including derogatory comments on Twitter, which were oddly followed by a marriage proposal — since they broke up early this year. Said Shennib: "He's a very selfish person and he doesn't think anyone can stop him. He's got a huge ego. He's really manipulative. All those things create a monster."

A bizarre court case involving Shaquille O'Neal was dismissed by a Los Angeles judge Tuesday. Music producer Robert Ross, who had worked with O'Neal but said the two had a business dispute, said he was kidnapped and beaten by gang members after claiming to have a sex tape of the former Celtic (he later testified that he never had such a tape). On Tuesday, the prosecution acknowledged "cause for concern" about the testimony of Ross — who has a lengthy criminal record — and decided not to continue.

Monday's big story in the sports world was Real Madrid's signing of Argentinian 7-year-old soccer prodigy Leonel Angel Coira, aka Leo. The boy will not be paid but will start training with the Spanish club's youth team in Madrid next month (the family moved to Spain three years ago). "[My] dream is to meet [Lionel] Messi, play in the first division with Madrid and for Argentina in the World Cup," Coira told the Spanish newspaper ABC.

The Blue Jackets, who have made the playoffs just once since joining the NHL in 2000, reportedly have lost about $53 million the past three seasons, including almost $25 million last year, according to The Columbus Dispatch. As part of a plan to make sure the team is not forced to leave Columbus, revenues from a new casino in the city might be used to boost the club's coffers. "It's high on my agenda to deal with it," Columbus mayor Michael B. Coleman said. "There should be an urgency to this issue."