Gary Kubiak is John Elway's No. 2 again.

Elway, Denver Broncos general manager and executive vice president, was hashing out a four-year contract with his former backup quarterback to become the team's head coach, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said Sunday night.

An announcement is expected Monday.

Kubiak replaces John Fox, who was ousted last Monday following Denver's stunning playoff loss at home to Indianapolis. Elway complained that Fox's teams didn't show enough fire in big games. Fox was hired as the Chicago Bears' new coach on Friday.

Elway and team President and CEO Joe Ellis met with Kubiak in Houston for several hours Sunday.

Kubiak was Elway's backup from 1983-91 and Denver's offensive coordinator from 1995-2005 under Mike Shanahan. He helped build the blueprint for the back-to-back Super Bowls the Broncos won that capped Elway's Hall of Fame playing career.

CBS keeps Thursday night games

•Thursday night games were such a success this season for CBS that the network extended its deal with the NFL through the 2015 season. CBS will broadcast the first eight Thursday night games, which also will be simulcast on NFL Network. Then NFL Network will exclusively handle the final eight games. The packages will include 14 games on Thursday nights and two on Saturdays.

•Oakland coach Jack Del Rio is expected to interview fired Bears coach Marc Trestman for the position of offensive coordinator, according to an NFL Network report. Del Rio is also expected to meet with former Vikings offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave.

•Tampering charges reportedly have been filed against New York Jets owner Woody Johnson for his comments about New England Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis. According to ESPN, the NFL is looking into Johnson saying that he'd "love" for Revis to return to the Jets.

•Denver quarterback Peyton Manning said he won't play in the Pro Bowl because of a right thigh injury.

Major League baseball

Nationals land Scherzer

The Washington Nationals radically altered the baseball landscape Sunday night, ending a winter of relative inactivity by agreeing to a seven-year contract with free-agent pitcher Max Scherzer, the Washington Post reported, citing a person with direct knowledge of the talks.

Though terms of the deal weren't immediately available, it almost certainly will be worth more than the $160 million offer Scherzer turned down last spring, when he was still with the Detroit Tigers. That would make it the richest in franchise history — and make the Nationals prohibitive favorites to win the World Series.

The Nationals added one of the game's best pitchers (Scherzer's 3.24 ERA over the past three years ranked third in baseball) to one of the game's best rotations.

Rangers reportedly trade for Gallardo

Yovani Gallardo is coming home, Fox Sports reported. The Texas Rangers struck a deal Sunday with Milwaukee for Gallardo, who went to high school in Fort Worth, Texas. The details of the trade were not reported, except that Rangers infielder Jurickson Profar is not part of the trade.

AROUND THE HORN

Running: Diego Estrada pulled away late and won the U.S. half-marathon championship in Houston in 1 hour, 51 seconds. It was his first half-marathon. Kim Conley won the women's title in 1:09:44. … Ethiopians swept the men's and women's titles at the Houston Marathon, led by Birhanu Gedefa, who won the men's race in 2:08:03, and Yebrgual Arage, who won the women's race in 2:23:23.

Men's skiing: Hannes Reichelt of Austria won a World Cup downhill in Wengen, Switzerland, finishing in 2:36.14. Beat Feuz of Switzerland was runner-up, 0.12 seconds behind.

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