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Sports log: Boston College hires Ben Albert to coach defensive line


Boston College coach Steve Addazio announced Friday that Ben Albert has been named defensive line coach. Albert spent the last two seasons coaching outside linebackers at Temple . . . Former Cornell captain David Archer is the Big Red’s 27th head coach. The 30-year-old is the youngest Division 1 coach in the country . . . Tulane has received a national letter of intent from junior college quarterback Nick Montana, son of Joe Montana . . . LSU safety Eric Reid, cornerback Tharold Simon, running back Spencer Ware, and punter Brad Wing, Wisconsin center Travis Frederick, Syracuse offensive lineman Justin Pugh, Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones, and Florida tight end Jordan Reed will skip their last season of eligibility to enter the 2013 NFL draft . . . Pennsylvania state senator Jake Corman is suing the NCAA over its use of the $60 million fine that Penn State is paying due to the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Corman, who filed the suit Friday, said the state gives Penn State so much money every year that ‘‘it would be impossible for the payments to be derived solely from non-commonwealth funds.’’


Azarenka withdraws; Serena in final

Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka withdrew from her Brisbane International semifinal match against Serena Williams with an infected right big toe. Williams will play Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in Saturday’s final. Pavlyuchenkova beat Lesia Tsurenko, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2. In the men’s quarterfinals, Andy Murray finished off Denis Istomin, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3). He next plays fifth-seeded Kei Nishikori,who beat Alexandr Dolgopolov, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3). The other semifinal will feature Marcos Baghdatis, who ousted Gilles Simon, 6-3, 6-4, and Grigor Dimitrov, who beat Jurgen Melzer, 6-3, 6-2 . . . Agnieszka Radwanska won the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand, beating Yanina Wickmayer, 6-4, 6-4 . . . Novak Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic led Serbia into the Hopman Cup final in Perth, Australia, winning their matches over Germany. Djokovic beat Tommy Haas, 6-2, 6-0, while Ivanovic defeated Tatjana Malek, 6-0, 6-1. The Serbs will face Spain in Saturday’s final . . . Nikolay Davydenko and Richard Gasquet advanced to the final of the Qatar Open in Doha. Davydenko beat David Ferrer, 6-2, 6-3. Gasquet overcame Daniel Brands, 7-5, 7-5 . . . The Serbia Open has been dropped from the ATP calendar due to a lack of top players or major sponsors.


Myers inks one-year deal with Indians

Brett Myers signed a one-year, $7 million contract on with the Indians. Myers, who will be a starter, passed a physical before finalizing his deal, which includes an $8 million club option for 2014. Myers appeared in 70 games — all in relief — for the Astros and the White Sox last season. The 32-year-old has a career 97-93 record with 40 saves in 377 games — 249 starts . . . A person familiar with the situation says the Cubs are closing in on a minor league deal with lefthander Dontrelle Willis.


First round of PGA opener called off


Play in the PGA Tour’s season-opening Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Hawaii, has been called off because of high wind, with all scores wiped out. The first round will be re-started Saturday . . . A public prosecutor is set to open a criminal inquiry after a soccer exhibition between AC Milan and Pro Patria was abandoned after racist chanting by fans. The prosecutor in the northern town of Busto Arsizio is likely to pursue charges of inciting racial hatred against Pro Patria fans who abused Milan’s black players. One 20-year-old was cited by police after acknowledging involvement in the chants, and five more have been identified . . . Premier League club Wigan has signed midielder Roger Espinoza from MLS’s Sporting Kansas City. . . Mikaela Shiffrin, 17, of the US won a slalom World Cup event in Zagreb, Croatia, finishing in 2:01.73 . . . In a skeleton World Cup event in Altenberg, Germany, Marion Thees of Germany beat Kathie Uhlaender of the US by 0.01 seconds . . . Colorado men’s basketball coach Tad Boyle wants to eliminate instant replay after referees overturned his team’s winning 3-pointer in regulation in Thursday’s game against No. 3 Arizona. Boyle believed the replay was inconclusive. Colorado lost in overtime, 92-83 . . . Rich McKenna was hired as Billerica’s football coach, athletic director Dave Lezenski announced. McKenna, a 1996 graduate of Billerica, takes over for Peter Flynn, who retired after 23 seasons.