USC lands Kliff Kingsbury as Helton’s offensive coordinator

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury was named Clay Helton’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Southern California on Wednesday. Kingsbury is considered one of the top offensive minds in football despite being fired by Texas Tech on Nov. 25. He went 35-40 in six seasons in charge of his alma mater, but the Red Raiders consistently had one of the nation’s most dynamic offenses. Kingsbury reportedly was pursued by NFL teams after his dismissal, but he chose to join the embattled Helton at talent-loaded USC,…

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Injury-riddled Blues host Oilers and former coach Hitchcock

ST. LOUIS — To say the St. Louis Blues are limping into their home game against the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night would be an understatement. The Blues are limping figuratively with a 9-13-3 record, the franchise’s worst start since beginning the 2006-07 season with a 7-15-3 mark. And now they are limping literally after announcing that captain Alex Pietrangelo was one of three players placed on injured reserve Monday. Pietrangelo (hand), forward Robby Fabbri (shoulder) and defenseman Carl Gunnarsson (upper body) were all put on IR. Pietrangelo and Fabbri will be out for several weeks, while Gunnarsson, whose designation…

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NCAA announced sanctions for Oregon infractions

The NCAA has imposed two years of probation on Oregon after finding it violated rules related to the men’s and women’s basketball teams and the track and field program. The NCAA’s decision issued Wednesday said women’s coach Kelly Graves failed to “monitor and promote an atmosphere of compliance in his program.” The infraction stemmed from an assistant strength coach’s participation in on-court activities during and after practices, which caused the team to exceed the number of allowable coaches. Graves must serve a two-game suspension this season. The NCAA found men’s…

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Curry, McGirt among 9 picked for boxing Hall of Fame

CANASTOTA, N.Y. (AP) — Two-division champions Donald Curry, Julian Jackson and James “Buddy” McGirt have been selected for induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Also to be enshrined are welterweight champion Tony DeMarco in the old-timer category, promoter Don Elbaum, referee/judge Guy Jutras, publicist Lee Samuels and broadcaster Teddy Atlas in the nonparticipants and observers category. Journalist Mario Rivera Martino was selected posthumously in the observer category. Inductees were voted in by members of the Boxing Writers Association and a panel of international boxing historians. The induction ceremony…

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Los Angeles, New York among eight cities in new XFL

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Los Angeles, the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area and Dallas were among the eight cities and venues chosen to be the home sites when the XFL launches its inaugural season in February 2020. Commissioner and chief executive Oliver Luck also said there will be franchises in Houston, St. Louis, Seattle, Tampa and Washington, D.C., when the league kicks off the weekend of Feb. 8-9. “After months of research and consideration, we’re thrilled to announce the cities and venues of the XFL’s eight inaugural teams,” said Luck.…

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Mel Stottlemyre Jr. hired as Marlins pitching coach

MIAMI (AP) — Former Seattle Mariners pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre Jr. has been hired as pitching coach for the Miami Marlins. Also joining manager Don Mattingly’s staff is former Kansas City Royals manager Trey Hillman, who will be first base and infield coach. Like Mattingly and Marlins CEO Derek Jeter, Stottlemyre and Hillman have ties to the New York Yankees. Stottlemyre’s father, Mel, was a Yankees pitcher and pitching coach. Hillman is a former manager in the Yankees’ minor league system, and in 2011-13 he was Mattingly’s bench coach with…

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Bengals receiver A.J. Green out for the season with injury

CINCINNATI (AP) — Bengals receiver A.J. Green will be sidelined for the rest of the season with an injured toe on his right foot. The Bengals placed him on injured reserve Wednesday. Green got hurt on Oct. 28, missed three games with the injury, and returned last Sunday against Denver. He aggravated it while running a route, and he’s getting medical opinions on whether he should have surgery. Green finishes with 46 catches for 694 yards — both career lows — and six touchdowns. The Bengals also activated cornerback Davontae…

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Alonso to be powered by Chevrolet in Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Fernando Alonso will be powered by Chevrolet for his second attempt to win the Indianapolis 500. Alonso is entering the race with McLaren, which had a 70 percent win rate from 1968 to 1970 when partnered with Chevrolet that included 23 consecutive victories. The IndyCar Series currently has only two engine providers, Chevrolet and Honda, but McLaren has a strained relationship with Honda. The Honda problems made it difficult for McLaren to find a partner for Alonso’s latest attempt to win the “Triple Crown of Motorsports.” Alonso…

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