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The youth movement served at the Nationwide Series

FORT WORTH, Texas – Chase Elliott grabbed his first career Nationwide Series victory, using a strong pass of Sprint Cup regular Kevin Harvick and then pulling away for an easy win at Texas Motor Speedway.

The 18-year-old won in his sixth career start and became the fourth driver in Nationwide history to earn his first series victory at Texas.

The victory continues the youth initiative in NASCAR as first-time winners now have won consecutive races for the first time since 2008. Two weeks ago, 21-year-old Kyle Larson scored his first career win at California.

College Basketball

Danny Manning comes home to coach Wake Forest

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. –Danny Manning grew up watching Wake Forest play games at the Greensboro Coliseum, memories that linger in his mind all these years later.

He never thought one day he’d coach the Demon Deacons.

Manning, the former Kansas star who spent the last two seasons coaching Tulsa, was hired Friday as Wake Forest’s basketball coach. He’ll be introduced at a news conference next week on campus in Winston-Salem, N.C., a short drive from where Manning grew up.

Manning, 47, was 38-29 with two postseason berths in two seasons at Tulsa.

NFL

Broncos’ old Bailey signs for two years in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS – Champ Bailey will get to chase a Pro Bowl record and another Super Bowl appearance with the New Orleans Saints.

The veteran cornerback agreed to a two-year contract with the Saints on Friday.

The 35-year-old Bailey played the last 10 seasons with Denver after spending his first five in the NFL with Washington. A shutdown cornerback for much of his career, Bailey has made three All-Pro teams and been selected to 12 Pro Bowls. He trails only Hall of Fame end Reggie White (13) among defensive players in NFL history in Pro Bowls. Bailey’s 52 interceptions are the most among active players, as are his 204 passes defensed.

Super Bowl head coaches get brand new extensions

ENGLEWOOD – A person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press that head coach John Fox has agreed to a new three-year contract with the Denver Broncos.

The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn’t been announced, said the team ripped up Fox’s 2014 contract and replaced it with a deal that will run through 2016.

Broncos’ general manager John Elway said in early February that Fox would get a new deal this offseason.

Fox has gone 37-17 with three AFC West titles in his three seasons in Denver.

SEATTLE – The Seattle Seahawks locked up head coach Pete Carroll with a three-year contract extension Friday after he led the franchise to its first Super Bowl title.

The extension will run through the 2016 season.

Carroll’s original five-year deal, signed with the team in January 2010, was set to expire after next season.

Johnson cut by the Titans; Bills trade for Williams

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The CJ2K era is over in Tennessee, just the latest step by the Titans in their franchise makeover.

The Titans told Chris Johnson they are releasing him Friday after six seasons to avoid paying the running back the $8 million due in 2014, along with the final three seasons left on the $53.5-million contract he signed in September 2011.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Wide receiver Mike Williams is returning home to Buffalo after being acquired by the Bills in a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday for a sixth-round NFL draft pick.

The trade is contingent on Williams passing a physical.

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