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John Elway has high praise for Browns coach candidate Gase
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — John Elway loves how 35-year-old offensive coordinator Adam Gase kept Denver’s high-octane offense floored all season but quickly put the brakes on his own football future with the Broncos in the midst of a Super Bowl run.
The Broncos’ executive vice president said Thursday that he hopes Gase stays in Denver beyond this season even though he granted requests from other teams to interview his hot-shot assistant for their head coaching vacancies.
Gase told both the Vikings and Browns that he wouldn’t interview until after the Broncos’ season is over.
The Vikings have since hired Mike Zimmer as their head coach, although the Browns appear to be waiting to interview Gase, whose aggressive approach helped the Broncos score an NFL record 606 points this season.
Morgan, Indians agree to minor league deal
CLEVELAND — Free agent veteran outfielder Nyjer Morgan has agreed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians.
Morgan will report to major spring training, the Indians said Thursday. The 33-year-old spent last season with Yokohama of Japan’s Central League. He previously played for Pittsburgh, Washington and Milwaukee.
The speedy Morgan, a .280 career hitter, has 117 career steals during six seasons in the majors. He finished second in the NL with 42 steals in 2009 for the Pirates and Nationals.
Morgan was a sparkplug for the Brewers during their playoff run in 2011, when he batted. 304 with four homers, a career-high 20 doubles and 37 RBI in 119 games.
He was selected in the 2002 amateur draft by Pittsburgh after a four-year junior hockey stint in Canada.
Haas confirms application for Formula 1 team
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR team co-owner Gene Haas has applied to own a Formula One team.
Haas is co-owner with Tony Stewart of Stewart-Haas Racing. He confirmed Thursday that Haas Racing Development “has responded to the FIA’s ‘call for expression of interest’ regarding a Formula One entry.”
Formula One’s governing body said in December it would accept applications through Jan. 3 for new teams that would begin in either the 2015 or 2016 season.
Haas owns CNC machine manufacturer Haas Automation and the Windshear wind tunnel in North Carolina. He is expected to field a new fourth Sprint Cup team this season at SHR out of pocket for Kurt Busch.
Patrick Reed leads Humana Challenge
LA QUINTA, Calif. — Patrick Reed went low in perfect scoring and weather conditions Thursday at the Humana Challenge. He wasn’t alone.
Reed ran off five straight birdies in the middle of his round on PGA West’s Arnold Palmer Private Course and finished with a bogey-free 9-under 63.
Ryan Palmer, Justin Hicks, Daniel Summerhays and Charley Hoffman shot 64. Palmer played the Palmer course, Hicks and Summerhays opened on the Jack Nicklaus Private Course, and Hoffman, the 2007 winner, was at La Quinta Country Club.
Reed, the Wyndham Championship winner in August, started on the back nine and birdied Nos. 16-18 and 1-2 to get to 7-under. He added birdies on Nos. 6 and 7.
Kapalua winner Zach Johnson topped the group at 65. He played at La Quinta.
Former Kent State star Ben Curtis shot a 3-under 69 on the PGA West, Palmer Course.