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Central Florida’s Scott Frost to coach Nebraska football

Central Florida head coach Scott Frost holds the winning trophy after defeating Memphis in the American Athletic Conference championship NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. Central Florida won in overtime 62-55. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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Scott Frost holds the trophy after his Central Florida team defeating Memphis in the American Athletic Conference title game.

Scott Frost is returning home to coach a Nebraska football program he led to a share of the national title as quarterback in 1997, agreeing to a seven-year, $35 million contract. Frost’s homecoming comes after he spent two years turning around the program at Central Florida. Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos announced the hiring Saturday after Frost's 12th-ranked Central Florida team defeated No. 16 Memphis, 62-55, in two overtimes in the American Athletic Conference championship game to improve to 12-0. The 42-year-old Frost takes over for Mike Riley, tasked with rebuilding a Cornhuskers program which went 4-8 this season, including its most losses since 1957 and fewest wins since 1961.

S.C. State hoops player collapses on court

South Carolina State men’s basketball guard Tyvoris Solomon collapsed on the court and was taken to a hospital during the first half of the Bulldogs' 103-71 loss at North Carolina State. Team spokesman Kendrick Lewis said Solomon was "stable and conscious." Emergency medical personnel administered chest compressions before transporting the senior off the court on a stretcher. Solomon, who collapsed near the bench at the 13:08 mark, had started the game and checked out at the 16:02 mark. A spokeswoman for Rex Hospital said Solomon was in fair condition . . .Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork and Chancellor Jeffrey S. Vitter said the school plans to appeal the NCAA’s two-year postseason football ban, believing its self-imposed penalties were sufficient in its long-running NCAA rules violations case. The NCAA ruled Friday that the Rebels will miss the postseason again in 2018 . . . In the wake of the NCAA sanctions, Ole Miss has granted sophomore quarterback Shea Patterson permission to talk to other schools to explore transferring, according to multiple reports. The Ole Miss Spirit reported that Michigan is presumed to be the front-runner for Patterson’s services . . . Penn State football commit Isheem Young has been accused of robbing a convenience store in Philadelphia over the summer. A Philadelphia court official told The Philadelphia Inquirer that the defensive back was charged Friday with robbery, conspiracy, and firearms violations after he and two accomplices allegedly stole $13,600 from a Wawa in July. According to a police report obtained by the Inquirer, Young was armed with a revolver when he allegedly robbed the store with the help of his brother — the manager of the store — and a getaway driver . . . Perry Wallace, who broke down a racial barrier by becoming the first black varsity basketball player in the Southeastern Conference in 1967, died Friday at 69 at a hospice center in Rockville, Md. Wallace's death was announced late Friday by Vanderbilt, where Wallace became an all-SEC player and remains among the Commodores' all-time rebounding leaders

NFL

Rodgers returns to Packers’ practice field

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers celebrated his 34th birthday with a return to Packers practice for the first time since he broke his right collarbone on Oct. 15 at Minnesota. He had surgery four days later. The two-time NFL MVP, who is on injured reserve with a designation to return by the Packers on Saturday, wouldn’t be eligible to play until Dec. 17 at Carolina. Coach Mike McCarthy said Friday that Rodgers was on track for a trial return. Rodgers threw several passes of at least 50 yards before a loss to Pittsburgh last week. The Packers (5-6) are 1-5 since Rodgers was hurt and host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday . . . Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown missed practice for the second consecutive day because of an injured toe and it’s possible he will miss Monday night’s game in Cincinnati . . . The Eagles signed wide receiver Alshon Jeffery to a four-year contract extension that runs through 2021 and is worth a reported $52 million, with $27 million guaranteed.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers returned to practice Saturday as he recovers from a broken collarbone.
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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers returned to practice Saturday as he recovers from a broken collarbone.

ALPINE SKIING

Shiffrin claims first World Cup downhill win

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American slalom star Mikaela Shiffrin raced to her first World Cup downhill victory at Lake Louise, Alberta. Racing in her fourth career downhill, the 22-year-old Olympic and world slalom champion finished in 1 minute, 27.55 seconds to edge Germany's Viktoria Rebensberg by 0.13 seconds. Switzerland’s Michelle Gisin was third in 1:27.72. Stacey Cook was sixth while fellow American Lindsey Vonn finished 12th a day after crashing in the downhill opener . . . Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal won a men’s World Cup downhill race in Beaver Creek, Colo., finishing in 1:40.46 to beat Switzerland's Beat Feuz by 0.15 seconds. Germany's Thomas Dressen was third.

MISCELLANY

Smith wins Australian PGA in playoff

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Cameron Smith won the Australian PGA Championship at Gold Coast with a par on the second hole of a playoff with fellow Australian Jordan Zunic. Both were off the 18th green for their third shots, but Smith put his within 4 feet and made the putt after Zunic missed from about 12 feet. Smith closed with a 3-under 68 and Zunic had a 71 to finish at 18-under 270 at Royal Pines. Smith bogeyed the 18th in regulation after he birdied the 17th to take the lead. Zunic had eight consecutive pars on the back nine after he bogeyed the 10th . . . Arjun Atwal and Louis de Jager are tied for the lead going into the final round of the Mauritius Open at Belombre. The pair sits at 13-under 200, one stroke better than Dylan Frittelli and Miguel Tabuena . . . Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said the team's communication with embattled point guard Derrick Rose has been positive. Rose is away from the team because of a personal matter. He also has been sidelined by a sprained left ankle. Lue declined to provide any further details on Cleveland’s dialogue with Rose. The team is expected to provide another update on Sunday