Sports in Brief: ASU’s Edwards promotes Napier, retains offensive staff

Newly appointed Arizona State University NCAA college football head coach Herman Edwards smiles during a news conference, Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, in Tempe. (Matt York/AP)

Newly appointed Arizona State University NCAA college football head coach Herman Edwards smiles during a news conference, Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, in Tempe. (Matt York/AP)

TEMPE — New Arizona State football coach Herm Edwards has promoted Billy Napier to associate head coach and offensive coordinator while retaining the Sun Devils’ offensive staff.

The school announced the moves Tuesday, a day after Edwards was introduced as Arizona State’s next coach.

Sun Devils athletic director Ray Anderson had said he hoped the next coach would look at retaining some of previous coach Todd Graham’s staff instead of bringing in his own coaches.

Napier served as Graham’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach last season.

Assistant head coach/running backs coach John Simon, wide receivers coach Rob Likens and offensive line coach Rob Sale also will be returning.

Eli Manning back as New York Giants starting quarterback

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning is back as the New York Giants’ starting quarterback.

A week after being benched by former coach Ben McAdoo, Manning was put back into the starting lineup for Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys by interim coach Steve Spagnuolo.

“My gut right now says Eli should be the starter,” Spagnuolo said in explaining the move after practice Wednesday.

The 36-year-old Manning was told of the decision on Tuesday. He had walked into Spagnuolo’s office on Monday after McAdoo was fired and told the former defensive coordinator that he wanted to start again.

“It’s important to play, that’s what I love to do,” Manning said after practice. “I love to play quarterback and I love to play quarterback for the New York Giants. So that’s what I will work on.”

Manning had started 210 consecutive games over the past 13-plus seasons until being replaced by Geno Smith against Oakland last week. The streak was the second-longest in NFL history, only surpassed by Brett Favre (297).

Stanford’s Love, Washington’s Vea get top Pac-12 honors

SAN FRANCISCO — Stanford running back Bryce Love has been named the Pac-12 offensive player of the year and Washington lineman Vita Vea the defensive player of the year.

Stanford’s David Shaw was the coach of the year and Arizona linebacker Colin Schooler was the defensive freshman of the year in awards announced Tuesday. Arizona running back J.J. Taylor and Stanford lineman Walker Little shared offensive freshmen of the year. Love, a junior, ran for 1,973 yards and 17 touchdowns, finishing second nationally with 164.4 yards rushing per game. Vea, a junior, anchored a defense that was third nationally against the run at 92.3 yards allowed and was fifth in total defense at 277.4 yards allowed per game. Shaw helped the Cardinal bounce back from a 1-2 start to clinch the Pac-12 North.

Montana high school basketball team posts a 102-0 shutout

GREAT FALLS, Mont. — A northeastern Montana high school girls’ basketball team posted a 102-0 shutout of a short-handed opponent last weekend.

Brockton coach Terrence Johnson tells the Great Falls Tribune he usually has nine or 10 girls available, but due to several reasons, only suited up five Friday against the much taller and more experienced Froid-Medicine Lake team. Brockton’s roster included an eighth-grader. Froid-Medicine Lake, with three players that are at least 6 feet tall, built a 59-0 halftime lead. The game clock ran continuously in the second half. Coach Lance Brekke said he felt bad for the Brockton players and he doesn’t want to see something like that happen again. Johnson says his team holds no ill feelings toward their opponents. He says his girls did everything possible to score.

Forbes: Rangers worth $1.5B, again NHL’s most valuable team

NEW YORK — The New York Rangers are worth an NHL-high $1.5 billion as team values continue to rise, according to the latest estimate by Forbes.

In its annual list of franchise valuations, Forbes says the average NHL team is now worth $594 million, up 15 percent from a year ago. It comes on the heels of Bill Foley’s group paying $500 million for the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, who come in 14th among 31 teams.

The Rangers lead the NHL for the third consecutive year. After the Rangers, the Toronto Maple Leafs are second at $1.4 billion, the Montreal Canadiens third at $1.25 billion and the Chicago Blackhawks fourth at $1 billion. The back-to-back Stanley Cup-champion Pittsburgh Penguins come in 10th at $650 million. The Arizona Coyotes are last at $300 million.