By Matthew J. Buettner, CBSDenver.com

DENVER (CBS4) – There were a lot of ups and downs in the sports world in Colorado in 2015. The following are just some of the big headlines in Colorado sports last year.

Broncos Bow Out Of Playoffs In Divisional Round, Head Coach John Fox Leaves, Gary Kubiak Hired

In the Broncos’ third season with quarterback Peyton Manning and fourth under head coach John Fox, the team entered the 2014 season as the AFC West champions. Once again the team won the division with a 12-4 record for their fourth consecutive AFC West. But they lost for the third time in four seasons in the Divisional round of the playoffs to the Indianapolis Colts 23-14 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. That led to Fox and and the Broncos agreeing to part ways. Fox went on to be the head coach for the Chicago Bears. The search for a new head coach was on.

Denver Broncos head coach John Fox looks on during a game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on Dec. 14, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Denver Broncos head coach John Fox looks on during a game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on Dec. 14, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

John Elway, left, and Gary Kubiak, right (credit: CBS)

John Elway, left, and Gary Kubiak, right (credit: CBS)

Approximately a week after Fox leaving the Broncos hired former Broncos quarterback Gary Kubiak, who previously was head coach of the Houston Texans and was with the Baltimore Ravens as offensive coordinator when hired. Earlier in his career Kubiak worked as the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator under Mike Shanahan in Denver.

Lindsey Vonn World Cup Wins Record

Vail’s Lindsey Vonn, considered the most successful female skier of all time, tied and then overtook Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proell for the most World Cup wins ever after a win in In January of 2015. She also made a lot of headlines for dating Tiger Woods. The two have since broken up.

Lindsey Vonn of the USA wins the overall SuperG and Downhill World Cup globes during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Finals Women's Super G on March 19, 2015, in Meribel, France. (Photo by Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

Lindsey Vonn of the USA wins the overall SuperG and Downhill World Cup globes during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Finals Women’s Super G on March 19, 2015, in Meribel, France. (Photo by Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

Nuggets Fire Brian Shaw, Hire Michael Malone

In March of 2015 the Denver Nuggets fired head coach Brian Shaw and inserted assistant Melvin Hunt as an interim coach after the Nuggets poor showing on the court and 20-39 record.

Head Coach Brian Shaw of the Denver Nuggets looks on during the game against the Detroit Pistons at the Pepsi Center on Oct. 29, 2014. (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

Head Coach Brian Shaw of the Denver Nuggets looks on during the game against the Detroit Pistons at the Pepsi Center on Oct. 29, 2014. (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

Tim Connelly, Michael Malone and Josh Kroenke (credit: CBS)

Tim Connelly, Michael Malone and Josh Kroenke (credit: CBS)

In the offseason the Nuggets brought in Michael Malone, who had been fired by the Sacramento Kings after less than two seasons with the team. Under Malone the Nuggets drafted point guard Emmanuel Mudiay with the seventh overall pick in a season of rebuilding. As of New Year’s Eve the Nuggets ranked 12th in the Western Conference with a 12-21 record.

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DU Men’s Lacrosse National Champions

In May of 2015 the University of Denver brought home its first ever men’s lacrosse championship with a 10-5 victory over Maryland. It was the first time ever an NCAA men’s lacrosse championship went to a school west of the Mississippi River. The success of the program is credited to the hiring of head coach Bill Tierney, who will enter his seventh season with the Pioneers. After winning six NCAA titles at Princeton, he’s 83-25 in Denver. Overall, he’s 355-118 in 31 seasons as a head coach. His contract runs through 2022.

Colin Woolford #57 of the Denver Pioneers holds up the trophy after the game against the Maryland Terrapins on May 25, 2015 in the NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Pioneers defeated the Terrapins 10-5. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Colin Woolford #57 of the Denver Pioneers holds up the trophy after the game against the Maryland Terrapins on May 25, 2015 in the NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Pioneers defeated the Terrapins 10-5. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Nuggets Trade Troubled Ty Lawson

In July of 2015 the Nuggets traded point guard Ty Lawson to the Houston Rockets after Lawson’s off-court issues became too much for the team. Denver received virtually nothing in the trade except a protected 2016 first-round draft pick. Lawson had been accused of driving under the influence several times and the Nuggets felt it was time to part ways.

Ty Lawson (credit: CBS)

Ty Lawson (credit: CBS)

Rockies Finally Trade Troy Tulowitzki

Colorado Rockies star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays in July of 2015. Tulo had spent his whole career with the Rockies and the trade irked some fans, but for others it was a long time coming. The Rockies acquired star shortstop Jose Reyes in the deal. Reyes expressed displeasure with the move saying he didn’t want to play for a bad team in his waning years. Reyes was arrested for alleged domestic abuse in the offseason in Hawaii.

Troy Tulowitzki (credit: Harry How/Getty Images)

Troy Tulowitzki (credit: Harry How/Getty Images)

Troy Tulowitzki #2 of the Toronto Blue Jays waves before the start of their MLB game against the Philadelphia Phillies on July 29, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Troy Tulowitzki #2 of the Toronto Blue Jays waves before the start of their MLB game against the Philadelphia Phillies on July 29, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Colorado Native Christian McCaffrey’s Heisman Trophy Run

The son of former Denver Broncos wide receiver Ed McCaffrey has had a magical season as running back for the Stanford Cardinal. Christian McCaffrey was a finalist for the hardware but lost out to Alabama running back Derrick Henry, who broke Herschel Walker’s SEC rushing record and led the Crimson Tide back to the College Football Playoff. McCaffrey finished the season with 1,847 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground. He also had 41 receptions for 540 yards and four touchdowns. McCaffrey easily broke the single-season all-purpose yards record previously held by Oklahoma State’s Barry Sanders.

Running back Christian McCaffrey #5 of the Stanford Cardinal rushes against the Colorado Buffaloes during a game at Folsom Field on November 7, 2015 in Boulder, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Running back Christian McCaffrey #5 of the Stanford Cardinal rushes against the Colorado Buffaloes during a game at Folsom Field on November 7, 2015 in Boulder, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Quarterback Controversy … Brock Or Peyton?

After Peyton Manning was pulled in the third quarter during the Broncos 29-13 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in mid-November, the team became Brock Osweiler‘s to lead. It was revealed that Manning had a partially torn plantar fascia in his left foot and wouldn’t start another game. Osweiler took advantage of his first opportunity to start by going 4-2 in his six starts including two comeback wins against playoff-bound teams. He beat the New England Patriots 30-24 in overtime and then the Cincinnati Bengals 20-17, also in overtime.

Quarterback Brock Osweiler #17 of the Denver Broncos passes against the Cincinnati Bengals during a game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 28, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Quarterback Brock Osweiler #17 of the Denver Broncos passes against the Cincinnati Bengals during a game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 28, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Manning started practicing again in mid-December and for the first time in his NFL career he was named backup to Osweiler when the Broncos host the San Diego Chargers this Sunday. But if anyone thought it was controversial that Manning isn’t taking back over the starting role, Manning isn’t concerned. He said he was just happy to get back on the field.

“I’m happy to be more of a part of it now than just being in street clothes and kind of quarantined in the indoor facility and work on out on my own,” said Manning.

Peyton Manning at practice on Dec. 16 (credit: CBS)

Peyton Manning at practice on Dec. 16 (credit: CBS)

It remains to be seen what will happen for the playoffs. Osweiler’s performance against the Chargers may have a lot to do with that.

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