FORMER TEXAS TECH STAR QB WEBB COULD TRANSFER TO BUFFS
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
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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