Former Colorado QB coach named Oregon head coach
Oregon hired Mark Helfrich as its football coach Sunday, promoting him from offensive coordinator to be Chip Kelly’s successor.
Helfrich’s promotion does not come as a surprise. Before Kelly left for the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles on Wednesday, the Ducks’ quarterbacks guru was considered the front-runner for the position.
Sources also said Oregon promoted wide receivers coach Scott Frost, the former Nebraska quarterback, to offensive coordinator.
Oregon, ranked No. 2 in the final AP Top 25, went 12-1 this season capped by a victory over Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl.
Helfrich is from Oregon and was appointed offensive coordinator of the Ducks when Kelly took over four seasons ago.
Before joining the Ducks, the 39-year old Helfrich was quarterbacks coach at Colorado from 2006-08.
Vonn loses super-G lead on snowy day in Cortina
CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy – Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany won a shortened World Cup super-G amid heavy snow Sunday, while Lindsey Vonn struggled with the difficult conditions and lost her lead in the super-G standings to Tina Maze.
Rebensburg, the Olympic champion in giant slalom, finished in 1 minute, 16.45 seconds down the Olympia delle Tofane course.
Nicole Schmidhofer of Austria was second, 0.33 seconds behind, and overall leader Maze of Slovenia took third, 0.34 back.
Vonn, who finished seventh, dropped four points behind Maze in the super-G standings after four of seven races.
Running away with the title in the overall standings, Maze increased her lead to a massive 718 points ahead of Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany, who finished 19th.
Vonn’s American teammates, Julia Mancuso and Leanne Smith, finished fifth and sixth.
German Neureuther edges training partner in slalom
WENGEN, Switzerland – Felix Neureuther of Germany won a World Cup slalom Sunday, defeating overall leader and training partner Marcel Hirscher of Austria.
Neureuther made up a deficit of 0.05 seconds from the first run to beat Hirscher by 0.21 seconds and deny him a fourth consecutive slalom win.
The German threw out his arms and shouted with delight upon crossing the line, then repeated the gesture as he watched first-run leader Hirscher fall short of victory.
Ivica Kostelic of Croatia was third, 0.25 behind Neureuther’s two-run time of 1 minute, 50.53 seconds.
Ted Ligety of the U.S., who is third overall, placed 13th, 1.33 behind Neureuther. He is 239 points behind Hirscher.
Longtime Miami coach known for wild promotions
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Ron Fraser, the longtime Miami baseball coach who won two national championships with the Hurricanes and whose innovative marketing ideas helped spark a surge in the college game’s popularity, died Sunday.
Fraser, 79, known as “the wizard of college baseball,” had battled Alzheimer’s disease for many years.
Fraser led Miami to national titles in 1982 and 1985, taking the Hurricanes to the College World Series 12 times over his 30 years at the school.
His legacy, however, may be what he did to promote the college game.
From raffling car batteries to bikini nights to offering nine-course gourmet meals on the infield of the team’s stadium, Fraser was a tireless promoter.