Sports weekend in brief | State


LOS ANGELES (AP) – Southern California hired Lincoln Riley from Oklahoma to be their next coach on Sunday in a surprising and rare move from a traditional college football powerhouse that sweeps the highly accomplished head coach from a other.

Riley went 55-10 in five seasons at the helm of the Sooners, winning four Big 12 titles and making three college football playoff appearances in his first head coaching position. The 38-year-old Texan is widely regarded as one of college football’s finest attacking minds, and USC sold him the opportunity to bring the Trojans back to their glory days as a national championship contender and premier league contender. the West Coast.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Florida has hired Louisiana-Lafayette’s Billy Napier to be their next football coach.

The move ends a swift process that has made the Gators their primary target.

Napier, 42, will stay with the Ragin Cajuns this week as they prepare to host Appalachian State in the Sun Belt Conference Championship game on Saturday.

Florida has scheduled an introductory press conference with Napier on December 5. He will replace Dan Mullen, who was fired last Sunday after the team’s fourth loss in five games. Napier is 39-12 in four seasons at ULL.

PULLMAN, Wash (AP) – Washington state removed the provisional tag and named Jake Dickert head coach on Saturday night after leading the Cougars to a 3-2 record after Nick Rolovich was sacked.

Momentum had grown for Dickert to secure the job permanently and his candidacy was capped by an emphatic 40-13 defeat of rival Washington in the Apple Cup that ended a seven-game losing streak against the Huskies.

Dickert was promoted from defensive coordinator to interim head coach in October after Rolovich was fired for refusing to fulfill the state’s mandate for employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccine or exemption. Rolovich and four other assistant coaches were sacked.

Dickert accepted a five-year contract, the school said.

DURHAM, NC (AP) – David Cutcliffe will not return for a 15th season as Duke coach after the school announced a ‘mutual agreement to parting’ on Sunday after the Conference Blue Devils’ winless record from the Atlantic coast.

The school’s announcement came a day after the Blue Devils (3-9, 0-8) closed a three-game winning season with a 47-10 home loss to Miami. This marked the first winless list for Duke in the league under Cutcliffe, which turned the Blue Devils from one of the worst players in the country into a regular bowl contender and even won a division title in the ACC in 2013. before the program slips badly into the past. two seasons.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – Sonny Dykes is expected to be introduced as TCU’s new coach on Tuesday after four seasons at SMU, according to someone familiar with the decision.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Sunday as there was no official announcement from TCU or SMU amid numerous reports citing anonymous sources that Dykes is the new Horned Frogs coach. . The Fort Worth Star-Telegram was the first to report that Dykes’ plans will be officially presented 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 had been seen as the top candidate for the Frogs job since Gary Patterson and TCU agreed on Oct. 31 to separate with four games to play in the season.

– By AP Sports writer Stephen Hawkins.


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – The Texas Rangers have reached a deal on a seven-year contract with Gold Glove second baseman and potential shortstop Marcus Semien, according to a person familiar with the deal, and the team also accepted Hand starter Jon Gray and outfielder Kole Calhoun.

This person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Sunday evening, as all deals were pending physical reviews and not finalized. ESPN, which first reported the Semien deal, said it was worth $ 175 million.

Semien, 31, reached 0.265 and set career highs with 45 home runs, 102 RBIs and 15 goals stolen in his lone season in Toronto. The 45 homers were 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 reached 0.285 with 33 homers and 92 RBIs.

– By baseball writer Stephen Hawkins.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota Twins and center fielder Byron Buxton agreed to a seven-year, $ 100 million contract on Sunday, according to a person familiar with the deal.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press as the contract was not yet finalized and pending a physical examination.

Buxton has only played more than 92 games once in his seven major league seasons. It was in 2017, when he played 140 games and won a Gold Glove award.

– By AP Sports writer Dave Campbell.

TORONTO (AP) – The Toronto Blue Jays have reached a deal with right-hander Kevin Gausman on a five-year, $ 110 million contract pending a physical exam, a person familiar with the Associated Press told The Associated Press on Sunday. ‘OK.

Gausman, 30, was 14-6 with a 2.81 ERA and 227 strikeouts in 192 innings for San Francisco last season. He is 64-72 and 4.02 ERA in his career with Baltimore, Atlanta and San Francisco.

– By Rob Gillies.

SEATTLE (AP) – The Seattle Mariners acquired All-Star second baseman Adam Frazier in a trade with the San Diego Padres on Saturday.

The move cost Seattle two Minor Leaguers, but it addresses one of the team’s biggest needs as the offseason dawns; the addition of a midfielder to pair with shortstop JP Crawford. Frazier’s versatility means the Mariners can still be aggressive with other possible deals if another midfielder becomes available.

The Padres have acquired left-handed reliever Ray Kerr and outfielder Corey Rosier.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Wander Franco and the Tampa Bay Rays have finalized an 11-year, $ 182 million contract that includes a club option for the 2033 season.

The shortstop deal, which could be worth up to $ 223 million if the club’s option is exercised and incentives are met, was announced on Saturday.

Tampa Bay won the AL East in 2021.

The contract is the biggest financial commitment to a player in the Rays’ 24-year history. It’s also the biggest contract in major league history for a player with less than a year of major league service.


The NHL has postponed two more games for reasons related to the coronavirus, making it five so far this season.

The New York Islanders’ upcoming games on Sunday against the Rangers and Tuesday against the Philadelphia Flyers were postponed after additional team members signed up for the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol on Saturday.

General manager Lou Lamoriello has said striker Casey Cizikas has become the latest player to test positive. The Islanders have reportedly had up to eight unavailable players.

The league said the possibility of an extra gap contributed to the Islanders’ games being canceled until at least Tuesday.

MONTREAL (AP) – The Montreal Canadiens fired general manager Marc Bergevin and two other managers on Sunday amid difficulties on the ice just months after qualifying for the Stanley Cup final.

The Canadians announced the firing of Bergevin as well as those of assistant general manager Trevor Timmins and Paul Wilson, senior vice-president of public affairs and communications.

The Canadiens have said Jeff Gorton will take on the role of executive vice president of hockey operations as the team seeks a new general manager. Bergevin was in his 10th season as the team’s general manager.


KILLINGTON, Vermont (AP) – Mikaela Shiffrin marked the return of the Women’s World Cup to North America by setting a new record – and the two-time Olympic champion did so on the snow on Sunday at home.

Shiffrin beat Petra Vlhova – her main rival – for her 46th World Cup slalom victory. This matched a 32-year record for most World Cup victories in a single discipline, set by Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark in giant slalom.

Shiffrin, 26, was in tears after the confirmation of his 71st World Cup victory.


JOHANNESBURG (AP) – South African golfer Thriston Lawrence won the Johannesburg Open on Saturday after dropping out of the third round due to bad weather, meaning the result was announced after all 36 holes of the event inaugural of the DP World Tour.

The event had been scaled down to a 54-hole tournament Friday night to help non-South African resident players, caddies and tournament support staff return to their home countries, a move triggered by restrictions on international travel imposed on South Africa due to the emergence of a new variant of COVID-19 in the country.

Lawrence had a four-stroke lead at the end of the second round, shooting 65-65 to be 12 under par overall. He won his first victory on what was previously called the European Tour.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Hall of fame defensive lineman Curly Culp, who helped the Kansas City Chiefs win their first Super Bowl in a 14-year NFL career, is died Saturday of complications from pancreatic cancer. He was 75 years old.

Culp announced this month that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. His wife, Collette Bloom Culp, announced “on behalf of our family and with a broken heart” the death of the five-time All-Pro.

Culp was considered one of the strongest players in the NFL during his playing career, although his position inside the defensive line meant his game often went unnoticed. He was picked to play in six Pro Bowls, and he was second behind Steelers cornerback Mel Blount for AP Defensive Player of the Year after the 1975 season.

LONDON (AP) – Frank Williams, founder and former team manager of Formula 1 Williams Racing, has passed away. He was 79 years old.

Williams took his racing team from an empty carpet warehouse to the top of Formula 1, overseeing 114 wins, a total of 16 driver and constructor world championships, while becoming the longest-serving team boss of the history of sport.

“After being admitted to hospital on Friday, Sir Frank passed away peacefully this morning surrounded by his family,” Williams Racing said in a statement on Sunday.

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