Minnesota names P.J. Fleck football coach

New Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck is charged with uniting a wounded program.
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New Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck is charged with uniting a wounded program.

Minnesota hired P.J. Fleck on Friday to take over a football program reeling from a threatened player boycott of the Holiday Bowl and the handling of a sexual assault investigation. The hiring comes three days after Tracy Claeys was fired following a standoff between players and the administration over the suspension of 10 players in connection with the assault allegations that date to September. Fleck, 36, was 30-22 in four years at Western Michigan, guiding the Broncos to a 13-1 record this season and a spot in the Cotton Bowl . . . Florida promoted linebackers coach Randy Shannon to defensive coordinator . . . Iowa offensive coordinator Greg Davis retired, ending a career spanning over four decades . . . North Carolina junior tailback Elijah Hood will enter the NFL Draft . . . Florida defensive tackle Caleb Brantley will forgo his final season of eligibility for the NFL.

Former Florida quarterback Treon Harris plans to resume his career at Tennessee State. Harris played 20 games at Florida and started the final eight games of the 2015 season.


Maine coach Barron taking leave

Maine women's basketball coach Richard Barron is taking an indefinite medical leave. Associate head coach Amy Vachon will take his place. Barron said he’s on medication that has side effects that interfere with coaching . . . In women’s basketball, Sarah Hope hit seven threes, but BU (4-10, 2-1 Patriot) fell, 62-59, to Navy (9-5, 2-1) at Case Gym . . . Claudia Ortiz (27 points) and Maureen Taggart (20 points) lifted host Northeastern to its fourth straight win, 72-64, over Towson . . . John Edwardh and Jake Kamrass gave No. 6 UMass-Lowell men’s hockey (14-5-3, 7-3-1 Hockey East) a lead after one period and the River Hawks held off UNH (9-8-2, 5-2-1), 2-1, in Durham, N.H. . . . Nathan Krusko’s hat trick led No. 4 Harvard (10-2-1, 6-1-1 ECAC) to a 5-2 win over Quinnipiac (11-9-2, 6-5-1) at Bright-Landry Center . . . In women’s hockey, Devan Taylor goal at 2:12 of overtime gave UNH (9-11-1, 7-6-1 Hockey East) a 3-2 win over Northeastern (12-7-3, 8-5-2) . . . Kat Hughes’s power-play strike at 16:16 of the third period gave Harvard (1-9-2, 1-5-2 ECAC) a 2-2 tie with Quinnipiac (14-5-4, 7-3-2) at Hamden, Conn. . . . Duke men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski’s surgery to remove a fragment of a herniated disk in his lower back was successful and doctors expect a full recovery . . . Austin Peay men's basketball coach Dave Loos took a leave of absence to continue chemotherapy for a cancerous lymph node


Mariners acquire righty Gallardo


The Mariners got righthander Yovani Gallardo from the Orioles for outfielder Seth Smith. Seattle also sent righty Nathan Karns to Kansas City for outfielder Jarrod Dyson. Another potential starter was high on Seattle’s list after trading Taijuan Walker to Arizona in November.

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Free agent outfielder Travis Snider agreed to a minor league contract with the Rangers and will attend spring training as he tries to return to the major for the first time since 2015 . . . The White Sox designated outfielder Jason Coats for assignment. Coats spent most of last season at Triple A Charlotte.


Cavaliers looking to land Korver

The Cavaliers hope to acquire Hawks sharpshooter Kyle Korver by Saturday at the latest, according to league sources. ESPN reported Cleveland will send Mo Williams, Mike Dunleavy, and a protected 2019 first-round pick to Atlanta. On Friday, the Cavs sent their first-round pick this June to the Blazers for a 2018 first-rounder Cleveland sent to Portland last year. Cleveland could not trade its 2019 first-rounder if they had not reacquired their 2018 first-rounder, as league rules say teams can’t trade first-round picks in consecutive seasons. The primary factor delaying completion of the Korver trade, sources said, is Atlanta’s ongoing effort to find a third team willing to take on Dunleavy. But the Hawks, sources said, waived Ryan Kelly to open up an extra roster spot in the event they need to make room for both Williams and Dunleavy . . . The Suns waived guard John Jenkins, who averaged 1.8 points and 3.3 minutes in four games.


Djokovic to face Murray in Qatar

Novak Djokovic survived to beat Fernando Verdasco, 4-6, 7-6 (9-7), 6-3, and set up a Qatar Open final in Doha against No. 1 Andy Murray, who beat Tomas Berdych, 6-3, 6-4, to stretch his win streak to 28 . . . Rafael Nadal was up a set and had a break point when he sent a forehand just wide and Milos Raonic took advantage for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 quarterfinal win at the Brisbane International in Australia . . . France will play Americans Coco Vandeweghe and Jack Sock in the Hopman Cup final in Perth, Australia, after Richard Gasquet and Kristina Mladenovic beat the Swiss team of Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic, 4-2, 4-2, in the deciding doubles match. Earlier, Federer beat Gasquet, 6-1, 6-4, but Bencic lost to Mladenovic, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.


Habs’ Gallagher has broken hand

Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher will be out at least eight weeks after having surgery Thursday on his fractured left hand, according to Gallagher, 24, was hit by a shot by teammate Shea Weber Wednesday at Dallas . . . The Predators signed defenseman Matt Irwin, a UMass product who played two games for the Bruins last season, to a one-year extension worth $650,000 for 2017-18 . . . Mia Manganello matched the US record in the women's 3,000 meters, finishing in 4:01.98, at the US Speedskating Championships in Kearns, Utah. An issue with the lap board caused Manganello to think she had another lap to go or else she likely would have broken the record . . . Texas Motor Speedway will repave its 1½-mile track and reduce the high banking in the first and second turns. The work is scheduled to begin next week and finish in mid-March. The next Cup race there is April 9 . . . The operating company of Manor Racing was placed in administration, putting in major doubt the British-based Formula One team's participation this year . . . Olympic ski jump champion Kamil Stoch became the first Polish winner of the Four Hills Tour in 16 years, winning the the final stop in Bischofshofen, Austria, to overtake Norwegian Daniel Andre Tande. Stoch's Polish teammate Piotr Zyla also passed Tande to place second . . . Russian Sergey Ustiugov is two wins away from the first clean sweep of all seven stages in the 11-year history of the Tour de Ski cross-country race after finishing 0.4 seconds ahead of France’s Maurice Manificat in a 10-kilometer individual freestyle event at Dobbiaco, Italy . . . Russian luger Semen Pavlichenko broke Germany’s World Cup domination to take his first victory of the season and the European title in Koenigssee, Germany. The Russian was fastest on both runs for a combined time of 1 minute, 38.363 seconds, beating Germany's Ralf Palik by 0.248 seconds . . . German Jacqueline Loelling extended her lead in the standings with her first skeleton World Cup win in Altenberg, Germany. The 21-year-old was quickest in both runs for a combined time of 1 minute, 57.17 seconds, beating teammate and world champion Tina Hermann by 0.44 seconds . . . Gabriela Koukalova of the Czech Republic won the women's 7.5-kilometer sprint for her second successive biathlon World Cup victory and third of the season in Oberhof, Germany. She hit all of her targets to beat Finland’s Kaisa Makarainen by 21.3 seconds.