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Brian VanGorder fired as Notre Dame defensive coordinator
A day after saying he was pleased with the defensive coaching efforts in Notre Dame's 38-35 loss to Duke, Brian Kelly announced on Sunday that defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder has been relieved of his duties. On Sunday, Kelly explained why he defended VanGorder on Saturday night after the game and then fired him the next day.
The voice of baseball: Get to know Vin Scully, the man behind the mic
Vin Scully is only the finest, most-listened-to baseball broadcaster that ever lived, and even that honorific does not approach proper justice to the man. He ranks with Walter Cronkite among America’s most-trusted media personalities, with Frank Sinatra and James Earl Jones among its most-iconic voices, and with Mark Twain, Garrison Keillor and Ken Burns among its preeminent storytellers.
LSU fires Les Miles after 2-2 start, names Ed Orgeron interim coach
LSU has fired football coach Les Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and promoted defensive line coach Ed Orgeron to interim head coach, the school announced Sunday. Miles' firing, first reported by the Baton Rouge Advocate, comes one day after LSU lost 18-13 at Auburn when referees overruled what had appeared to be a game-winning touchdown.
Arnold Palmer dies at 87, made golf popular for masses
Arnold Palmer brought a country club sport to the masses with a hard-charging style, charisma and a commoner's touch. At ease with both presidents and the golfing public, and on a first-name basis with both, "The King" died Sunday in Pittsburgh. He was 87. Alastair Johnson, CEO of Arnold Palmer Enterprises, confirmed that Palmer died Sunday afternoon of complications from heart problems.
15 of the best tweets about Duke’s stunning win over Notre Dame
Duke shocked Notre Dame by beating them 38-35 on Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium. The game started with two touchdowns scored by the Fighting Irish, but by halftime, Duke had the 28-21 edge. Within the last couple minutes, it was a 19-yard field goal that wound up being the game-winner.
Duke Loses All-American Kick Returner Devon Edwards
Duke redshirt senior safety and three-time All-America kick returner DeVon Edwards will miss the remainder of the 2016 season after suffering torn left anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in Saturday’s 38-35 win over Notre Dame. Edwards ends his 44-game collegiate career with 327 tackles. He also returned 74 kickoffs for 2,060 yards for a 27.84 average and six touchdowns.
Marlins ace Jose Fernandez, 24, dies in boating accident
Jose Fernandez, the ace right-hander for the Miami Marlins who escaped Cuba to become one of baseball's brightest stars, was killed in a boating accident early Sunday. Fernandez was 24. Fernandez was one of three people killed in a crash off Miami Beach. Chief Petty Officer Nyxolyno Cangemi told The Associated Press that a Coast Guard patrol boat spotted an overturned boat at 3:30 a.m.
Video: Tennessee Titans Players Give Young Detroit Lions Fan A Lifelong Memory
The Tennessee Titans left most Lions fans shaking their heads in disappointment last Sunday. But one young fan was smiling from ear to ear. That would be Eli Boddy from St. Claire, Mich., who had the chance to greet the Titans on their way to the field before the game.
Outlook for five college basketball programs that have fallen off sharply
Danny Manning is the right man to return Wake Forest to respectability. But this job is so much more difficult than it was back when Dave Odom and Skip Prosser had things rolling. UNC and Duke are as overwhelming as they ever were. But what has changed is that Tony Bennett has built Virginia into an ACC power, and the league has added big brands like Syracuse, Louisville, Notre Dame and Pitt.
Several women's coaches opt for a de-facto boycott to combat increasing workload
Friday marks the first day of the last evaluation period of 2016, a three-day window in which Division I coaches can watch recruitable prospects. But in a twist, the chairs reserved for D-I coaches might stay empty all weekend, as the Power 5 coaches have organized a protest, and banded together with the intention of boycotting the evaluation period for a host of reasons.
Kevin Garnett entered league as a kid, now leaves as a generational figure
Not only did Kevin Garnett play and win and woof his way to a career that will dead-end soon in Springfield, Mass., he evolved. He went from teenager to young man to the rocking chair on the highest level of basketball, and it all played out before our eyes, and sometimes our ears whenever he wanted to verbally punctuate a blocked shot or facial dunk.
Don’t tell Scott Van Pelt that ESPN is dying
Every big-picture story about ESPN seems to mention these things, and Scott Van Pelt certainly has noticed from his solo seat on the midnight Eastern edition of “SportsCenter,” a show he’s now hosted for a year. Such talk perturbs him.
Villanova five-star freshman ruled ineligible to play this season
Omari Spellman will not be eligible to play for Villanova this season, the school announced on Friday. Spellman is a top 20 recruit who was going to be counted on to play a major role in replacing Daniel Ochefu, the 6-foot-11 center that graduated this past spring. Spellman will be allowed to continue to practice with Villanova as he takes an academic redshirt.
Christian Laettner Reaches Deal to Repay Investors
Duke University basketball legend Christian Laettner has reached a repayment deal that his lawyer said should bring a decade of financial troubles to a close. The repayment deal reached by Mr. Laettner, 47 years old, with investors in a North Carolina tobacco warehouse redevelopment project—including former teammates Johnny Dawkins and Scottie Pippen—will enable him stay out of bankruptcy.
Clemson's Dabo Swinney apologizes to team for MLK, Colin Kaepernick distraction
Dabo Swinney isn't sorry for the statements he made concerning Colin Kaepernick's protest of the national anthem. He has, however, apologized for being a distraction to his team. At this point, it is hard to say what kind of distraction he is. The Tigers defeated South Carolina State 59-0.