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Willie Taggart will be Florida State’s next football coach, replacing Jimbo Fisher, who resigned Friday to accept the job at Texas A&M. Taggart told his Oregon players during a team meeting on Tuesday that he is leaving. Florida State has called a news conference for Wednesday morning to introduce Taggart. The 41-year-old Taggart has a 47-50 career record, including 7-5 this season. He arrived in the Pacific Northwest after four years at South Florida, where he guided the Bulls from a 2-10 record his first year to a 10-2 mark last year and a spot in the Birmingham Bowl. Before that, he spent three seasons at his alma mater, Western Kentucky, inheriting a winless program that he turned around with back-to-back winning seasons. Odell Haggins coached the Seminoles to a 42-10 win over Louisiana-Monroe in Saturday’s regular-season finale and will lead them in the Independence Bowl against Southern Mississippi on Dec. 27 . . . Florida State sophomore safety Derwin James will not play in the Independence Bowl, saying he is leaving school and will enter the NFL draft.
Boston College freshman running back A.J. Dillon was a unanimous selection as a member of the Associated Press All-Atlantic Coast Conference first team as well as the newcomer of the year. Dillon racked up 1,432 yards on the ground and 13 touchdowns . . . Vasa Pusica led the way with 17 as Northeastern (5-4) coasted to an 82-64 nonleague men’s basketball win over Bucknell (4-6) at Matthews Arena. Donnell Gresham, Anthony Green, and Devon Begley chipped in with 11 points apiece for the Huskies . . . 10th-ranked Miami (8-0) broke the game open in the secodn half and ran off with a 69-54 nonleague win over BU (3-4) in Coral Gables, Fla., behind Lonnie Walker’s 26 points and seven rebounds. Max Mahoney, whose tip-in at the buzzer tied the game, 30-30, at the half, led the Terriers with 12 points, while Cedric Hankerson added 10 . . . A woman who filed a petition Monday for a protective order against Oklahoma running back Rodney Anderson is accusing the Sooners’ rushing leader of sexually assaulting her in her apartment Nov. 16 after walking her home from a bar. Anderson’s attorney, Derek Chance, said in a statement that the allegations are ‘‘patently false’’ and that Anderson is ‘‘shocked and disturbed’’ by them. A hearing on the protective order is scheduled for Dec. 18 . . . Central Florida named Missouri offensive coordinator Josh Heupel as its football coach, replacing Scott Frost, who accepted Nebraska’s coaching job Saturday after leading UCF to a 12-0 record and the American Athletic Conference title . . . UCLA men’s basketball coach Steve Alford said he was surprised when he learned through media reports that suspended freshman guard LiAngelo Ball was leaving the basketball team and withdrawing from school. Ball's father, LaVar Ball, has said he's withdrawing his son from school so he can prepare to play in the NBA. LiAngelo Ball did not play in any of the Bruins' eight games this season after being suspended indefinitely by UCLA for his involvement in a shoplifting incident during a team trip to China.
Former Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning and Steve Spurrier, who coached at Duke, Florida, and South Carolina, were inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame at the National Football Foundation’s awards banquet in Manhattan. Other players inducted were: Marshall Faulk of San Diego State; 2004 Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart of Southern California; Bob Crable of Notre Dame; Kirk Gibson, the former Michigan State receiver and 1988 National League MVP; Bob McKay of Texas; Dat Nguyen of Texas A&M; Mike Ruth of Boston College; Brian Urlacher of New Mexico; and Adrian Peterson of Georgia Southern. The other coaches inducted were Larry Kehres, who led Division III Mount Union to 11 national titles, and Danny Ford, who coached Clemson to its first national title . . . Prosecutors dropped an assault charge against ex-Kansas linebacker and tight end Maciah Long, who was accused of threatening his girlfriend with a gun, after he agreed to plead no contest to marijuana possession. The Lawrence Journal-World reports Long, who was dismissed from the team after his arrest in August, was sentenced to six months of probation and ordered to complete an anger management program.
New Miami Marlins CEO Derek Jeter says the team has made no decision regarding right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, who is on the trading block following an MVP season. The Giants and Cardinals are considered front-runners to acquire Stanton, with both offering a package of prospects. But Stanton can veto any deal with a no-trade clause . . . Banned from baseball for life, former Atlanta Braves general manager John Coppolella apologized for rules violations that led to major sanctions against the team and ‘‘cost me my dream job and my future in the game that I love.’’ Coppolella was forced to resign the day after the regular season ended. MLB found the Braves circumvented international signing rules from 2015-17, which led to the team forfeiting the rights to 13 prospects and facing major restrictions on signing players outside the United States until 2021 . . . Former San Diego Padres and Texas Rangers righthander Miles Mikolas, who spent the last three seasons with the Central League's Yomiuri Giants in Japan, agreed to a two-year, $15.5 million with the St. Louis Cardinals . . . A person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press that free agent lefthander Mike Minor, who missed two seasons with shoulder issues before 65 relief appearances last season with the Kansas City Royals, is close to a multiyear contract with Texas . . . The Supreme Court declined to hear a lawsuit filed by minor league baseball players accusing Major League Baseball of colluding to suppress wages, leaving intact a District Court ruling that dismissed the case.
Former heavyweight champion and current mayor of Kiev, Ukraine, Vitali Klitschko, four-division world champion Erik Morales, and light middleweight champion Ronald Wright have been elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Also selected were German promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl and broadcasters Steve Albert and Jim Gray as non-participants and observers. Elected posthumously were Sid Terris in the old-timer category, and ring announcer Johnny Addie and promoter Lorraine Chargin in the non-participant category. The induction ceremony is June 10, 2018, in Canastota, N.Y. . . . The heavyweight rematch between David Haye and Tony Bellew is rescheduled for May 5 in London. The original date for the all-British rematch was Dec. 17 but it was postponed after Haye sustained an injury to his bicep.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry will miss a minimum of two weeks after an MRI exam on his injured right ankle revealed a sprain. The team said their leading scorer and two-time league MVP will be re-evaluated in two weeks. Curry stepped on E'Twaun Moore’s foot and landed awkwardly on the ankle in Monday’s win at New Orleans . . . Authorities said that Billy Turner, 46, of Shelby County, Tenn., was charged with first-degree murder in the 2010 slaying of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright. Wright played for the Memphis Grizzlies and four other teams from 1996-2009 . . . Buffalo Sabres left wing Matt Moulson cleared waivers and was loaned to the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League, the top affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings. The 34-year-old has no points in 14 games and is in the fourth season of a five-year, $25 million contract. Moulson remains property of the Sabres and counts $3.975 million against their salary cap while in the minors . . . Kathy Carter, currently the president of Major League Soccer's marketing subsidiary, Soccer United Marketing, said she is running for president of the United States Soccer Federation. She is the lone woman among eight candidates for the job. The election will be held in February . . . Saul Niguez scored in the 56th minute, but Spanish soccer club Atletico Madrid will miss the Champions League knockout phase for the first time in five years after being held to a 1-1 tie at Chelsea in the final game in Group C. Madrid was a finalist twice in the last four years and was a semifinalist last season . . . PGA Tour player Morgan Hoffmann revealed he has been diagnosed with muscular dystrophy and that his right pectoral muscle is nearly gone. In a story the 28-year-old wrote for The Players' Tribune, Hoffman says he started to notice his right pectoral deteriorating about five years ago. He says he was diagnosed in November 2016.
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