FOR­MER TEXAS TECH STAR QB WEBB COULD TRANS­FER TO BUFFS

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The Colorado foot­ball team could be adding an­other quar­ter­back to its ros­ter. Davis Webb, a trans­fer from Texas Tech, is vis­it­ing Colorado this week­end.

The 6-foot-5, 224-pounder was granted his re­lease from Texas Tech on Dec. 30. In a news re­lease that day, Webb said he would fin­ish his un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree this spring. That would make him a grad­u­ate trans­fer, al­low­ing him to play im­me­di­ately for an­other school next fall. He has one year of el­i­gi­bil­ity re­main­ing.

Named the most valu­able player of the 2013 Hol­i­day Bowl, Webb has given no in­di­ca­tion about the schools he is con­sid­er­ing, but CU is clearly in the run­ning. He is plan­ning to tour the CU cam­pus and fa­cil­i­ties with his par­ents. Brian How­ell, Buf­fZone.com

• Kirby Smart added a mem­ber to his new Ge­or­gia staff, hir­ing Alabama de­fen­sive backs coach and as­sis­tant head coach Mel Tucker as the Bull­dogs’ de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor.

Bans could be length­ened

B zurich» FIFA ethics pros­e­cu­tors will ap­peal to in­crease the eight-year bans for Sepp Blat­ter and Michel Pla­tini, ar­gu­ing they are too le­nient.

The counter-chal­lenge re­vives the prospect of life bans. Blat­ter and Pla­tini have said they will also ap­peal.

The ethics com­mit­tee’s in­ves­ti­ga­tory cham­ber said it “in­tends to ap­peal” the sanc­tions im­posed last month by four FIFA ethics judges.

FIFA’s ap­peals com­mit­tee pre­vi­ously im­posed a life ban af­ter judge Joachim Eck­ert de­cided on an eightyear sanc­tion. In 2013, then-FIFA ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber Ver­non Mani­lal Fer­nando of Sri Lanka was ex­pelled for bribery af­ter then-pros­e­cu­tor Michael Gar­cia ap­pealed.

Blat­ter and Pla­tini were banned for ac­cept­ing or re­ceiv­ing gifts and con­flicts of in­ter­est.

Dif­fer­ent treat­ment for dop­ers

B paris» An in­ter­nal In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tions note, dated Dec. 5, 2011, and marked “con­fi­den­tial,” di­vided Rus­sian ath­letes sus­pected of blood dop­ing into two cat­e­gories.

First, elite, prob­a­ble medal win­ners at the 2012 Lon­don Olympics whose dis­ci­plinary pro­ceed­ings would, it said, have to be han­dled “in strict con­form­ity” with the gov­ern­ing body’s rules. A se­cond group of lower-level ath­letes could be pun­ished in a “rapid and dis­creet” man­ner, with­out in­form­ing the pub­lic, con­trary to IAAF prac­tice and World Anti-Dop­ing Agency rules.

The note named 10 se­cond-tier ath­letes el­i­gi­ble for the hush-hush treat­ment. The IAAF said the pro­posal — which it said came from its an­ti­dop­ing di­rec­tor at the time — was not put into prac­tice.

Six of the ath­letes were sub­se­quently banned.

Mar­lins add two play­ers

B mi­ami» The Mi­ami Mar­lins for­ti­fied their ro­ta­tion and bench by adding left-han­der Wei-Yin Chen and in­fielder Chris John­son.

Both play­ers agreed to terms, a per­son close to the ne­go­ti­a­tions said. The per­son con­firmed the deals to

Chen ac­cepted an $80 mil­lion, fiveyear con­tract with an op­tion for 2021, and he can opt out af­ter 2017. He adds needed depth to the ro­ta­tion be­hind ace Jose Fer­nan­dez and might be­come Mi­ami’s No. 2 starter.

Trail­blazer Irvin dies at 96

B hous­ton» Hall of Famer Monte Irvin, a power-hit­ting out­fielder who starred for the New York Gi­ants in the 1950s in a ca­reer ab­bre­vi­ated by ma­jor-league base­ball’s ex­clu­sion of black play­ers, died. He was 96.

The Hall of Fame said Irvin died late Mon­day night of nat­u­ral causes at his Hous­ton home. Irvin was 30 when he joined the Gi­ants in 1949, two years af­ter Jackie Robin­son broke the color bar­rier. Irvin spent seven of his eight big league sea­sons with the Gi­ants and one year with the Chicago Cubs in 1957. Irvin fin­ished with a .293 av­er­age and 99 homers in the ma­jors. Den­ver Post staff and wire ser­vices

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