UNDATED (AP) – The Wisconsin Badgers reportedly have found a replacement for football coach Bret Bielema (BEE’-leh-muh), who left the school to take over at Arkansas. The Wisconsin State Journal was first to report that Badgers athletic director Barry Alvarez had offered Utah State coach Gary Andersen the job last night. Anderson just led the Aztecs to an 11-2 record and the Western Athletic Conference title in his fourth season at the school.
UNDATED (AP) – Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL’) is the first freshman to be voted Player of the Year by The Associated Press. He collected 31 votes to 15 for Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o (MAN’-ty TAY’-ow).
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) – New York Jets coach Rex Ryan has benched struggling quarterback Mark Sanchez and will start Greg McElroy over Tim Tebow for Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers. Sanchez’s benching follows Monday night’s 14-10 loss at Tennessee, in which he threw four interceptions and couldn’t handle a low snap deep in Titans territory with just seconds remaining. McElroy is a seventh-round pick last year out of Alabama, who helped lead the Jets to a 7-6 win over Arizona earlier this month after Ryan pulled Sanchez from the game late in the third quarter.
DALLAS (AP) – A judge has ordered Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent to wear an electronic monitor while free on an intoxication manslaughter charge in a car crash that killed teammate Jerry Brown. The judge also lowered bond from $500,000 to $100,000. Brent has been placed on the NFL reserve/non-football illness list and won’t play again this season.
UNDATED (AP) – A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that shortstop Stephen Drew and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a $9.5 million, one-year contract. San Francisco Giants reliever Santiago Casilla has finalized his three-year, $15 million contract with the World Series champs, a package that includes a club/vesting option for 2016. And the Tampa Bay Rays have signed right-handed pitcher Roberto Hernandez to a one-year deal worth $3.25 million.