Former NFL coach Ted Marchibroda, who charmed players with his soft-spoken personality and innovative concepts, has died, the Indianapolis Colts revealed Saturday. He was 84.
Marchibroda coached the Colts twice — for five years in Baltimore and four years in Indianapolis — and is the only man to have coached both Baltimore franchises, the Colts and Ravens.
"Ted was as humble as they come, and he represented the Colts and our community with class both off the field and on," Indianapolis owner Jim Irsay said in a statement.
Marchibroda accepted the Baltimore Colts job in 1975 and immediately led them to three consecutive AFC East titles. He lost that job after the 1979 season.
Marchibroda bounced around the NFL for nearly a decade as an assistant with the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles. In 1987, he was hired by Marv Levy in Buffalo, where Marchibroda introduced the groundbreaking K-Gun offense. The Bills won four straight AFC championships — and the principles of the K-Gun are still used in today's most modern offenses.
Marchibroda went 87-98-1 in his career, including a 2-4 mark in the playoffs.
Took the lead: Aksel Lund Svindal, who won a World Cup downhill in Wengen, Switzerland, and regained the overall standings lead. Svindal is 15 points ahead of Austrian Marcel Hirscher.
Found more work: Former Michigan head coach Brady Hoke, who joined Oregon's staff Saturday as defensive coordinator. Hoke coached the Wolverines in 2011-14, going 31-20.
Took on a fan: NASCAR star Tony Stewart, who was caught on cellphone video going into the stands at Tulsa's Chili Bowl to confront a heckler. The Tulsa County sheriff is investigating.
Orioles and Davis strike a deal
Chris Davis and the Orioles are together again.
Davis has agreed to a seven-year, $161 million contract with Baltimore, pending a physical.
He hit a major league-leading 47 home runs and amassed 117 RBI last year.
Davis, 29, has been with Baltimore since 2011, but he became a free agent after the 2015 season, and he wondered aloud whether his time in Baltimore was up.
Royals add pitcher Kennedy
The Kansas City Royals and pitcher Ian Kennedy agreed to a $70 million, five-year deal. Kennedy went 9-15 with a 4.28 ERA for the San Diego Padres last season and is expected to slide into the middle of the rotation.
Track and Field
U.S. sprinter gets Olympic schedule change
Track's governing body made a scheduling change for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics that will allow American sprinter Allyson Felix to go for gold in both the 200 and 400 meters.
The IAAF moved the opening round of the 200 from evening to day Aug. 15. That would give Felix a chance to run the 200 heats, then recover for the 400 final that evening.
USA Track and Field lobbied for the change. It's not unprecedented. In 1996, the schedule was changed so American Michael Johnson could go for the 200-400 double. He won gold in both.
Pharoah dominates Eclipse Awards
American Pharoah, the Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup Classic winner, was selected horse of the year and top 3-year-old male — both unanimously — at Saturday night's Eclipse Awards in Hallandale Beach, Fla.
American Pharoah and his connections picked up five trophies on racing's biggest award night, with Zayat Stables prevailing in the owner and breeder divisions and Bob Baffert taking the Eclipse as top trainer. Voting is by reporters, broadcasters and racing officials.
AROUND THE HORN
Swimming: Katie Ledecky dominated an impressive field in the women's 200-meter freestyle at the Arena Pro Swim Series in Austin, Texas. She finished in a personal-best 1 minute, 54.33 seconds to beat Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom, who had the fastest time in the world last year.
Ski jumping: Peter Prevc of Slovenia soared 244 meters to clinch the ski flying world championship with a hill record in Bad Mitterndorf, Austria.
6German sliders took all six spots on the podium Saturday in luge World Cup races in Berhof, Germany. Two-time Olympic champion Felix Loch led the men's sweep, and Tatjana Huefner paced a sweep in the women's race.