LOS ANGELES (AP) – Southern California has hired Lincoln Riley of Oklahoma as the next coach on Sunday.
Riley was at the top of the Sooners in five seasons, 55-10 in five seasons, won four Big 12 titles and made three college football playoff appearances in his first ever head coaching job. The 38-year-old Texan is widely regarded as one of the most attacking minds in college game, and USC sold him on the chance to bring the Trojans back to their glory days as contenders for the national championship and West Coast premier program.
GAINESVILLE, Florida (AP) – Florida has hired Louisiana-Lafayette’s Billy Napier to be its next soccer coach.
The move ends a quick process that has landed the Gators as their top target.
Napier, 42, will stay with the Ragin Cajuns this week as they prepare to host the Appalachian State in the championship game of the Sun Belt Conference on Saturday.
Florida has an introductory press conference with Napier scheduled for December 5th. He will replace Dan Mullen, who was sacked after the team’s fourth loss in five games last Sunday. Napier is 39-12 in four seasons at ULL.
PULLMAN, Wash (AP) – Washington State removed the interim tag and named Jake Dickert as head coach on Saturday night after leading the Cougars to a 3-2 record after Nick Rolovich was fired.
The momentum had grown for Dickert to get the job permanently, and his candidacy was crowned with an emphatic 40-13 loss to rivals Washington in the Apple Cup, which earned the Huskies a seven-game losing streak.
Dickert was promoted from defensive coordinator to interim head coach in October after Rolovich was fired for refusing to fulfill state mandates for employees to get a COVID-19 vaccine or a waiver. Rolovich and four other assistant coaches were sacked.
Dickert agreed to a five-year contract, the school said.
DURHAM, NC (AP) – David Cutcliffe will not be returning for a 15th season as Dukes ‘coach after the school announced a “mutual separation agreement” on Sunday following the Blue Devils’ Atlantic Coast Conference winless record.
The school’s announcement came a day after the Blue Devils (3-9, 0-8) finished a three-win season with a 47-10 home loss to Miami. This marked the first winless table for Duke in the league game under Cutcliffe, who turned the Blue Devils from one of the nation’s worst players into a regular bowl contender and even clinched a division title in the ACC in 2013 before the program slipped badly in the past two Seasons.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – According to someone familiar with the decision, Sonny Dykes will be introduced as TCU’s new coach after four seasons at SMU on Tuesday.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on Sunday on condition of anonymity as there were no official announcements from the TCU or SMU among numerous reports quoting unnamed sources that Dykes would be the Horned Frogs’ new coach. The Fort Worth Star Telegram was the first to report plans for the official launch of Dykes on Tuesday.
Dykes’ return to the other side of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is a highly anticipated move. The son of former Texas Tech coach Spike Dykes has been a top contender for the Frogs job since Gary Patterson and the TCU mutually agreed on October 31 to split with four remaining games of the season.
– By AP Sports Writer Stephen Hawkins.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – The Texas Rangers have reached a seven-year deal with Gold Glove second baseman and potential shortstop Marcus Semien-handed starter Jon Gray and outfielder Kole Calhoun, according to a person familiar with the deal.
This person spoke to The Associated Press on Sunday evening on condition of anonymity when all deals were still pending. ESPN, which first reported on the deal with Semien, said it was worth $ 175 million.
The 31-year-old Semien hit 0.265, setting career highs in his only season in Toronto with 45 homers, 102 RBIs and 15 stolen bases. The 45 homers was an MLB record for a second baseman. He finished third in the AL MVP vote, as he did in 2019 when he played all 162 games for track and field and hit 0.285 with 33 homers and 92 RBIs.
– By baseball writer Stephen Hawkins.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota Twins and midfielder Byron Buxton reached agreement on a seven-year, $ 100 million deal on Sunday, according to a person aware of the deal.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity as the contract was pending and a physical exam pending.
Buxton has only played more than 92 games once in his seven major league seasons. That was in 2017 when he played in 140 games and won a Gold Glove Award.
– By AP Sports Writer Dave Campbell.
TORONTO (AP) – The Toronto Blue Jays have reached an agreement with right-hander Kevin Gausman on a five-year contract for $ 110 million pending a physical contract, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press late Sunday.
The 30-year-old Gausman was 14-6 with a 2.81 ERA and 227 strikeouts in 192 innings for San Francisco last season. He has a 64-72 record and 4.02 ERA in his career at Baltimore, Atlanta and San Francisco.
– From Rob Gillies.
SEATTLE (AP) – The Seattle Mariners acquired all-star second-player Adam Frazier in a deal with the San Diego Padres on Saturday.
The move cost Seattle two minor division players, but it fulfills one of the biggest needs of the off-season team; Add a middle infielder to pair with shortstop JP Crawford. Frazier’s versatility means the Mariners can still be aggressive on other possible deals should another midfielder become available.
The Padres acquired left-handed reliever Ray Kerr and outfielder Corey Rosier.
NS. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Wander Franco and the Tampa Bay Rays have signed an 11-year $ 182 million deal that includes a club option for the 2033 season.
The deal of the shortstop, which could be worth up to $ 223 million if the club option is exercised and the incentives achieved, was announced on Saturday.
Tampa Bay won the AL East in 2021.
The contract marks the largest financial commitment for a player in the Rays’ 24-year history. It is also the largest deal in major league history for a player with less than a year of major league service.
The NHL has postponed two more games due to coronavirus-related reasons, making it five so far this season.
The New York Islanders’ upcoming games on Sunday with the Rangers and Tuesday with the Philadelphia Flyers have been postponed after additional members of the team were entered in the NHL’s COVID-19 log on Saturday.
General manager Lou Lamoriello said striker Casey Cizikas is the newest player to test positive. Up to eight players would not have been available for the Islanders.
The league said the possibility of additional spreading contributed to the islanders’ games, with at least Tuesday being canceled for the time being.
MONTREAL (AP) – The Montreal Canadiens sacked General Manager Marc Bergevin and two other executives on Sunday amid fighting on the ice just months after advancing to the Stanley Cup final.
The Canadiens announced Bergevin’s release along with those of Assistant GM Trevor Timmins and Paul Wilson, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications.
The Canadiens said Jeff Gorton will serve as executive vice president of Hockey Operations while the team searches for a new general manager. Bergevin was in his 10th season as the team’s GM.
KILLINGTON, Vt. (AP) – Mikaela Shiffrin marked the return of the Women’s World Cup to North America by setting another record – and the two-time Olympic champion made it in the domestic snow on Sunday.
Shiffrin defeated Petra Vlhova – her main competitor – for her 46th victory in the World Cup slalom. That was a 32-year-old record for the most World Cup victories in a discipline, set by the Swedish grandmaster Ingemar Stenmark in the giant slalom.
The 26-year-old Shiffrin burst into tears after confirming her 71st World Cup victory.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) – The South African golfer Thriston Lawrence won the Joburg Open on Saturday after the third round was canceled due to bad weather, which means that the result was announced after 36 holes of the opening event of the DP World Tour.
The event had been reduced to a 54-hole tournament late Friday in order to help non-South African players, caddies and support staff of the tournament return to their home countries, a move triggered by international travel restrictions imposed by South Africa Appearance of a new variant of COVID-19 in the country.
Lawrence had a four-shot lead by the end of round two after shooting 65-65 for a total of 12 under par. He took his first win on the former European Tour.
KANSAS CITY, Missouri (AP) – Hall of Fame defensive lineman Curly Culp, who helped the Kansas City Chiefs win their first Super Bowl during a 14-year NFL career, died Saturday of complications from pancreatic cancer. He was 75.
Culp announced earlier this month that he was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. His wife, Collette Bloom Culp, announced the death of the five-time All-Pro “on behalf of our family and with a broken heart.”
Culp was considered one of the strongest players in the NFL throughout his career, though his position on the inside defensive meant that his game often went unnoticed. He was selected to compete in six Pro Bowls, and he finished second behind Steeler’s cornerback Mel Blount for the AP Defensive Player of the Year after the 1975 season.
LONDON (AP) – Frank Williams, the founder and former team boss of Williams Racing in Formula 1, has died. He was 79.
Williams led his motorsport team from an empty carpet store to the summit of Formula 1, monitored 114 victories, a combined 16 driver and constructors’ championship and at the same time became the longest-serving team boss in the history of the sport.
“After being hospitalized on Friday, Sir Frank died peacefully with his family this morning,” Williams Racing said in a statement on Sunday.