Boston College scheduled a press conference for Tuesday afternoon to announce its new athletic director, six weeks after Gene DeFilippo stepped down. Senior associate athletics director John Kane has served as interim athletics director, while vice president of human resources Leo Sullivan led the search for DeFilippo’s replacement. The hire comes in the middle of an ugly start to the Eagles’ football season under embattled coach Frank Spaziani. Spaziani was tapped by DeFilippo after Jeff Jagodzinski’s messy stint at The Heights.
Ga. Tech fires defensive leader Groh
Georgia Tech fired defensive coordinator Al Groh. Coach Paul Johnson announced the move two days after the Yellow Jackets (2-4, 1-3 ACC) lost, 47-31, to No. 16 Clemson, their third straight defeat — all of them while surrendering more than 40 points, the first time that’s happened in school history. Groh was the defensive coordinator for the Patriots from 1993-96 after coaching linebackers for Bill Belichick in Cleveland in 1992 . . . BYU freshman quarterback Taysom Hill will have surgery on his left knee and miss the rest of the season with a lateral collateral injury suffered on his final carry in Friday night’s 6-3 win over Utah State. Coaches were trying to get him to take a knee on the play . . . Julian Boyd, a forward who was named the Northeast Conference player of the year last season and was suspended from school after a brawl at a party last month, and three teammates involved had their suspensions lifted, but must sit the first two games this year . . . Boston College will wear a special patriot-themed uniform in its Oct. 27 football game against Maryland at Alumni Stadium as part of Under Armour’s participation in the Wounded Warrior Project.
Bolt will go for three-peat at Rio 2016
Usain Bolt will aim for a three-peat of sprint titles in the 100 and 200 meters at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, rather than try out a new event, he announced Monday during a promotional visit to New Zealand. After Bolt became the first man to successfully defend both sprint titles at the London Olympics, he was coy about his prospects of competing in Rio, and there was speculation he could switch to the long jump or 400 for a new challenge.
Altidore off roster for Cup qualifiers
Jozy Altidore was dropped from the US roster for a pair of critical World Cup qualifiers after disappointing coach Jurgen Klinsmann in games and practice over the last year. Klinsmann instead selected Seattle’s Eddie Johnson and San Jose’s Alan Gordon to join Clint Dempsey, Herculez Gomez, and Landon Donovan as attacking players on his 24-man roster for games at Antigua and Barbuda on Friday and home against Guatemala on Oct. 16. Klinsmann bypassed San Jose’s Chris Wondolowski, who leads MLS with 25 goals . . . Midfielder Roger Espinoza sprained his right ankle late in Sporting KC’s 1-1 draw at Columbus and is expected to miss up to a month . . . FIFA stripped Sudan of its 2-0 win over Zambia in a 2014 qualifier because one of its scorers, Saif Ali, was ineligible . . . Chelsea defender Ashley Cole was charged by England’s Football Association with misconduct after criticizing the governing body in a vulgar Twitter post, adding to the fallout from a yearlong racism case involving teammate John Terry.
Connecticut Sun fail to clinch series
Shavonte Zellous’s jumper with 0.5 seconds remaining lifted the Indiana Fever over the Connecticut Sun, 78-76, in Game 2 of the WNBA Eastern Conference finals in Indianapolis to even the series. Game 3 is Thursday night in Connecticut . . . DeMar DeRozan scored 18 points to help the host Toronto Raptors beat Real Madrid, 102-96, in an exhibition game . . . Kyrie Irving scored 10 points and the host Cleveland Cavaliers defeated Italy’s Montepaschi Siena, 91-85, in their preseason opener . . . Tiger Woods hopes to captain the US Ryder Cup team someday, but plans to play in a few more before that happens, he said . . . Former US Open champion and longtime television analyst Ken Venturi was selected for the World Golf Hall of Fame. Venturi, 81, was chosen through the Lifetime Achievement category . . . The US ski federation said that it had not had a ‘‘formal discussion’’ about the possibility of Lindsey Vonn challenging the men Nov. 24 in Lake Louise, Alberta . . . US Speedskating named the coaches, including 1994 Olympian Tony Goskowicz, who will take over while a scandal within the short-track program continues. Jae Su Chun and assistant Jun Hyung Yeo are both suspended for failing to report skate tampering by Simon Cho.