Nov. 29 Sports Briefs


Former Montana football coach interviews for old job

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Former Montana football coach Bobby Hauck interviewed for his old job on Monday.

Athletic director Kent Haslam declined to comment on specific candidates, but said the opening has garnered substantial interest.

Haslam said he still plans to interview other candidates, but told the Missoulian he wants to move the process along, noting that college football’s early signing period runs from Dec. 20-22.

The coaching position became open when Haslam did not renew the contract of coach Bob Stitt after three seasons.

Hauck coached at Montana from 2003 to 2009, during which the Grizzlies posted an 80-17 record and played in three FCS national championship games. He was the head coach at UNLV from 2010-14 and is currently the special teams coordinator and associate head coach at San Diego State.

Giants changing quarterbacks for first time in 15 years

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Giants are changing quarterbacks for first time in more than 13 years.

Yes, Eli Manning is not going to start.

The Giants announced on Tuesday that Geno Smith will start in place of Manning when the Giants (2-9) face the Raiders in Oakland on Sunday.

Rookie Davis Webb will also play, if not this week, then sometime before the end of the season.

Manning has started 210 consecutive regular-season games, the second-longest streak by a quarterback in NFL history, behind Brett Favre’s 297. He has started every Giants game since Nov. 21, 2004, when he took over for veteran Kurt Warner in the 10th game of his rookie season.

Manning has also started 12 postseason games, and twice led the Giants to Super Bowl victories.

Manning was given the option of starting against the Raiders to keep the streak alive, but declined.

Former US Olympic gymnastics doctor pleading guilty again

CHARLOTTE, Mich. (AP) — A disgraced sports doctor who has admitted to sexually assaulting female gymnasts, including Olympians, and possessing child pornography is returning to a third Michigan court for yet another guilty plea.

Larry Nassar is charged with molesting girls with his hands at Twistars gymnastics club in Eaton County. He’s due in court Wednesday, a week after a separate guilty plea next door in Ingham County.

Nassar, 54, has dropped his claim that he was performing legitimate treatment for girls and young women who had hip and back pain. He worked at Michigan State University and at Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians. In a third case, Nassar will be sentenced in federal court on Dec. 7 for possessing child pornography. He likely faces decades in prison. Meanwhile, more than 100 women and girls are suing him.

Porter Jr. jumper powers
Wizards to win over T’Wolves

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Otto Porter Jr. hit a 22-foot jumper with 25 seconds remaining, lifting Washington to a 92-89 victory.

Washington trailed for nearly the entire fourth quarter. After Porter’s jumper, Minnesota had two shots at the other end but couldn’t convert.

The Wizards got the ball back with 4.2 seconds remaining when the ball went out of bounds off Timberwolves forward Taj Gibson. Officials originally ruled that Minnesota maintained possession, but a review overturned the call and gave the ball to Washington.

Karl-Anthony Towns had 20 points and 15 rebounds for Minnesota for his league-leading 18th double-double.

Jazz shut down Nuggets with dominant second half

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Derrick Favors scored 24 points, and the Jazz put away the Nuggets 106-77 with a dominant second half.

The Jazz outscored the Nuggets 58-28 in the second half.

Gary Harris scored 14 of his 18 points for Denver in the first half, and Kenneth Faried had 11 points and eight rebounds.