INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson was selected the Sporting News NFL executive of the year.
The publication announced the selection Monday after Grigson edged Denver Broncos executive vice president John Elway 9-8 in a poll of NFL coaches and executives.
Grigson was the architect behind the Colts return to the playoffs this year after a 2-14 finish a year ago. He took Pro Bowl quarterback Andrew Luck in the first round to lead a draft class that also included Coby Fleener, Dwayne Allen, T.Y. Hilton, Vick Ballard and LaVon Brazill.
Obama honors champion Heat
President Obama honored the Miami Heat for winning the 2012 NBA Championship title after falling short just a year before. The president also recognized the franchises work off the court. He thanked them for supporting military service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Panel investigating doping disbanded
The International Cycling Union disbanded an independent panel put together to review any involvement the cycling governing body had in the Lance Armstrong scandal, saying it will go ahead with a truth and reconciliation commission instead because the panel did not get the support of the anti-doping agencies.
Congressmen want answers on HGH
Chastising the NFL Players Association for standing in the way of testing for human growth hormone, two members of Congress told union head DeMaurice Smith in a letter that they might ask players to testify before their committee. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Darrell Issa, a California Republican, and ranking Democrat Elijah Cummings of Maryland asked Smith to turn over documents connected to HGH negotiations between the NFL and the NFLPA.
Around the NFL
Chicago hired former safety Chris Harris as a defensive quality control coach. Besides hiring Harris, the Bears announced they were bringing in former Tampa Bay special teams coordinator Dwayne Stukes as assistant special teams coach and Sean Desai as a defensive quality control coach.
Carolina hired Ken Dorsey as quarterbacks coach to work with Cam Newton, Jim Skipper as running backs coach and Al Holcomb as linebackers coach.
Commissioner Roger Goodell said he thought Sundays Pro Bowl improved from last year, when players were clearly not trying and were booed by fans in Hawaii. The NFL is considering dropping the Pro Bowl. A decision is expected in April.
Around the NHL
In Columbus, Ohio, Vinny Prospal scored from a hard angle at 1:22 of the third and Sergei Bobrovsky had 24 saves to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets past the Dallas Stars 2-1 to end a four-game losing streak.
In Raleigh, N.C., David Krejci scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:50 left and the Boston Bruins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-3.
Tuiasosopo to tell story this week
Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the alleged mastermind behind the hoax that had former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Teo believe he had a relationship with a woman who never existed, will tell his story on the syndicated Dr. Phil show Thursday and Friday, according to the shows website. Dr. Phil airs locally on WISE at 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Saint Francis lands 2 area players
Jake Britton of New Haven and Daniel Rico of Warsaw have agreed to play soccer at Saint Francis next fall. Britton, a defender, was captain of the Bulldogs team, and Rico, a midfielder, had two goals and 16 assists in his career. The Cougars also got commitments from four other Indiana players.
Snowmobiler critical after crash
Snowmobile rider Caleb Moore remains in critical condition after a crash at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo., and is being closely monitored. The 25-year-old was performing a flip Thursday when he clipped the top of a jump and went over the handlebars. The snowmobile rolled over him, but he walked off the course with help and went to a hospital with a concussion. While there, he developed bleeding around his heart and was flown to Grand Junction for surgery Friday. His family said Sunday that Moore then had a secondary complication involving his brain. They didnt provide details. Moores younger brother, Colten, also crashed in the competition and sustained a separated pelvis.