McIlroy, Lewis and Chapman win end-of-year awards
HOUSTON – Rory McIlroy is the near unanimous choice as the best male player by the Golf Writers Association of America.
McIlroy received 190 out of the 194 votes cast by GWAA members. Three votes went to FedEx Cup champion Brandt Snedeker, and the other went to Tiger Woods.
The GWAA said Wednesday that Stacy Lewis was voted best female player with 79 percent of the vote, while double major winner Roger Chapman won the senior player award with 60 percent of the vote.
For Forbes Magazine’s money, Texas football is the MVP
NEW YORK – Texas has the most valuable college football program in the nation, according to Forbes Magazine.
Forbes released its college football evaluations Wednesday. The magazine said the Longhorns are worth $133 million, up from $129 million last year.
Michigan ($120 million) was No. 2, followed by Notre Dame ($103 million). The rest of the top 10 consisted of Southeastern Conference schools. Alabama ($95 million) was sixth.
Forbes also ranked the most powerful coaches. Alabama’s Nick Saban was No. 1.
Forbes valued Kansas State as the best team for the money, while rival Kansas was the worst team for the money.
Stanford locks up Shaw to a ‘long-term contract extension’
STANFORD, Calif. – Any speculation David Shaw could be the latest Stanford coach to jump to the NFL is over – at least for now.
Shaw agreed to a “long-term contract extension” Wednesday that will keep him with his alma mater beyond the two years left on his remaining deal. Terms of the contract, including the years, were not announced by the school.
No. 8 Stanford (11-2) will play in the Rose Bowl against Big Ten winner Wisconsin (8-5) on Jan. 1.
Badgers will replace Bielema with Utah State’s Andersen
MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin will hire Utah State’s Gary Andersen as head football coach to replace Bret Bielema, according to multiple media reports.
The Wisconsin State Journal was first to report that Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez offered Andersen the job Tuesday night. Andersen is in his fourth year at Utah State and is coming off his best season yet.
The 18th-ranked Aggies won the Western Athletic Conference and finished 11-2, with a school record for victories after beating Toledo 41-15 in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Saturday.
Utah State lost 16-14 at Wisconsin earlier this season.
Auriemma, Krzyzewski are U.S. coaches of the year
NEW YORK – Mike Krzyzewski and Geno Auriemma were chosen as USA Basketball coaches of the year after leading the U.S. teams to Olympic gold medals.
Krzyzewski guided the U.S. men to a second consecutive gold and was honored for the fifth time by USA Basketball. He also shared the award with Auriemma in 2010 after the Americans won gold in both the men’s and women’s world basketball championships.
Krzyzewski, who coaches the Duke men, also won the award in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
Auriemma, the Connecticut women’s coach, led the U.S. women to their fifth consecutive Olympic gold medal, most ever in a traditional women’s team sport.
Both coaches have said they don’t expect to return.
World Cup Ski Racing
Rebensburg ends Maze’s giant slalom win streak
ARE, Sweden – Viktoria Rebensburg won the women’s giant slalom World Cup race Wednesday, breaking Slovenian Tina Maze’s winning streak.
Under floodlights, the German two-time defending GS champion won in a total time of 2 minutes, 28.94 seconds. Austrian Anna Fenninger was second, 0.62 behind. Maze was third, 0.91 behind the winner.