Broncos sign Raiders’ OC to become new QB coach
ENGLEWOOD – Peyton Manning’s new position coach is Greg Knapp, a veteran of nearly two decades in the NFL.
A day after promoting quarterbacks coach Adam Gase, 34, to offensive coordinator, Broncos coach John Fox added some experience to his staff in Knapp, an 18-year veteran of the NFL.
Knapp, 49, was the Raiders’ offensive coordinator last season, a position he also held from 2007 to 2008, and also led the offensive staffs in Seattle (2009), Atlanta (2004-06) and San Francisco (2001-03). He’s also been QB coach in Houston (2010-11) and with the 49ers (1998-2000).
Fox called Knapp a “proven, experienced coach with a very impressive background working with quarterbacks. He’s had success with Pro Bowlers and established players while also being instrumental in the development of younger quarterbacks.”
Nittany Lions’ Bill O’Brien wins Bear Bryant Award
HOUSTON – Penn State coach Bill O’Brien said he didn’t think he stood a chance of winning Thursday night. Then again, that’s what many said about his first season at the helm of a program in tatters.
O’Brien won the 2012 Paul “Bear” Bryant College Coach of the Year Award on Thursday night, beating out five other finalists. O’Brien led the Nittany Lions through an 0-2 start and NCAA sanctions to an 8-4 finish in his first season at Penn State.
The man he replaced last January, the late Joe Paterno, was the first Bryant Award winner in 1986.
Rockies avoid arbitration with outfielder Tyler Colvin
DENVER – The Colorado Rockies avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal with versatile outfielder Tyler Colvin on Friday.
Colvin hit .290 with 18 home runs and 72 RBIs last season. He played all three outfield positions and first base.
The 27-year-old Colvin was obtained by the Rockies on Dec. 8, 2011, in a trade that sent Ian Stewart and Casey Weathers to the Chicago Cubs.
On Wednesday, the Rockies agreed to one-year contracts with righty Wilton Lopez and lefty Josh Outman.
The club also exchanged arbitration figures with pitcher Jhoulys Chacin, outfielder Dexter Fowler and infielder Jonathan Herrera.
Staggering Suns ‘part ways’ with coach Alvin Gentry
PHOENIX – The Phoenix Suns said the coach and the team have “mutually agreed to part ways.”
Alvin Gentry had coached the Suns since replacing the fired Terry Porter at the All-Star break of the 2008-09 season, compiling a 158-144 record. His 2010 squad, led by Steve Nash, went 54-28 and advanced to the Western Conference finals.
But Nash left, and the team underwent what has been a disastrous rebuilding effort. The Suns have lost 13 of 15 and four in a row at home. Their 98-94 loss to Milwaukee on Thursday night snapped the Bucks’ 24-game losing streak in Phoenix.
The Suns’ 13-28 record is the worst in the Western Conference and fourth-worst in the NBA. Only Cleveland, Charlotte and Washington are worse.
The Suns said in a news release that an interim coach would be named within the next 24 to 48 hours.
World Cup Ski Racing
Pinturault wins super-combi; Ligety skis out of slalom
WENGEN, Switzerland – Alexis Pinturault of France won a World Cup super-combined Friday, while Ted Ligety skied out.
Pinturault was more than one second faster than any rival in the slalom to win by 1.15 seconds. He finished ahead of Ivica Kostelic of Croatia and Carlo Janka of Switzerland was third.
Pinturault won in a combined two-run time of 2 minutes, 41.62 seconds.