Shaun White pulled out of the season's first Olympic snowboarding slopestyle qualifier Sunday after spraining his left ankle the day before in the half-pipe finals in Breckenridge, Colo.

There are four more qualifiers for slopestyle -- including at Lake Tahoe in January -- which is making its Olympic debut in Sochi in February. The next one is this weekend at Copper Mountain, Colo. No word yet on whether White will compete.

Riders get points based on their best two performances, so White could still qualify for Sochi.

  • Tessa Worley won a World Cup giant slalom in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Lindsey Vonn skipped the weekend as she manages a knee injury ahead of the Sochi Games.

    Sportsman of Year

    Peyton Manning is Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year.

    Manning is the fourth NFL quarterback to take the honor in the last nine years, following Tom Brady in 2005, Brett Favre in 2007 and Drew Brees in 2010. LeBron James was the winner last year.

    Baseball

    Free agent second baseman Mark Ellis, 36, and St. Louis reached agreement on a one-year contract pending a physical, sources told ESPN. Ellis hit .264 over the last two seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He played his first nine seasons with the A's.

    College football

    Former Texas coach Mack Brown said he "felt like I could stay. I felt like it wasn't best for the university to stay." He said a failure to meet the Longhorns' lofty expectations the last four years convinced him to resign Saturday. "The standard is really high, and I'm proud of being part of setting that standard," he said.

    Brown will coach against Oregon in the Dec. 30 Alamo Bowl and will stay on as a consultant to school president Bill Powers at $500,000 per year. Athletic director Patterson gave no hint as to who may replace Brown.

  • Army fired coach Rich Ellerson after five seasons and no wins against Navy. A.D. Boo Corrigan notified Ellerson about 24 hours after Army (3-9) lost 34-7 to Navy. Ellerson, who came from Cal Poly, went 20-41 at Army.

  • USC tailback Silas Redd (knee injury) is expected to miss the Las Vegas Bowl against Fresno State on Dec. 21.

    Soccer

    Notre Dame earned its first NCAA men's title with a 2-1 victory over Maryland in Chester, Pa. Bobby Clark won his first title in 27 years of coaching at Dartmouth, Stanford and Notre Dame. The Terrapins beat Cal in the quarterfinals.

  • A labor court halted construction in part of the World Cup stadium where a man fell 115 feet to his death in Manaus, Brazil. Arena Amazonia will host the U.S.-Portugal match June 22.