Holy Cross’s new football Bob Chesney is no stranger to turning around struggling collegiate programs, and he’ll have his work cut out for him as the Crusaders have posted losing records in five of their last six seasons. Holy Cross announced the hiring of the 28th football coach in school history Thursday. A two-time Northeast-10 Conference coach of the year, Chesney led Assumption College to five consecutive winning seasons and the Division 2 quarterfinals in 2017 after the Greyhounds posted winning records in just two of 17 seasons prior to his arrival in 2013. The Dickinson College alum also rebuilt a Salve Regina program that had eight consecutive losing seasons, leading the team to 23 wins over three seasons from 2010-12. The Worcester resident has a 67-25 career coaching record. Chesney will be formally introduced at a press conference on Tuesday at the school’s Luth Athletic Complex. It will be televised online through the Patriot League Network and GoHolyCross.com. “This is a tremendous hire for Holy Cross,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said in a press release. “[Chesney] has a proven plan, as evidenced by his success at my alma mater Assumption College, of what’s needed when it comes to building a program and, almost more importantly, has a keen sense of what’s necessary when it comes to sustaining success.”
No charges for Sooners RB
An Oklahoma prosecutor decided against charging Sooners running back Rodney Anderson with sexual assault, clearing a major cloud hanging over the team ahead of its College Football Playoff semifinal against Georgia . . . Senior running back John Smith of Husson University in Maine and tight end sophomore Jacob Maher of Worcester State were selected to the Division 3 All-America football first team. Husson defensive back Quan Soyini, a junior, was named to the second team . . . Oregon’s all-time leading rusher, senior running back Royce Freeman, won’t play in the Las Vegas Bowl against Boise State on Saturday.
Family can sue Stewart
A federal judge ruled the family of racecar driver Kevin Ward Jr., who was fatally injured when struck by Tony Stewart’s sprint car in a race in New York in August 2014, can pursue its claims against the former NASCAR star. Judge David Hurd dismissed Stewart’s counterclaim and said the case was best left to a jury. Hurd concluded it was inappropriate at this early stage of the case to draw factual conclusions from competing evidence in the death of Kevin Ward Jr.
59th triple-double for James
LeBron James recorded his 59th career triple-double, leading the host Cleveland Cavaliers to a 121-112 win over rookie Lonzo Ball (13 points) and the Los Angeles Lakers. James finished with 25 points, 12 rebounds, and 12 assists to tie Larry Bird for the sixth-most triple-doubles in league history . . . Milwaukee Bucks forward Mirza Teletovic will be out indefinitely because of a blockage in his lungs. The team says pulmonary embolisms were discovered in both of Teletovic's lungs.
Rose shoots 62 in Jakarta
Justin Rose shot a 10-under-par 62 to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Indonesian Masters golf tournament in Jakarta . . . The US women’s national team will play two exhibitions against the National Women’s Hockey League next month in a final tune-up for the Winter Olympics. The games are set for Jan. 13 and Jan. 15 at Florida Hospital Center Ice in Wesley Chapel, Fla., where the national team trains . . . The Revolution hired Anton McElhone as the club’s new head of fitness. . . . The 72nd annual Lowell Sun Charities Golden Gloves Championship starts Friday night, Jan. 5, with Central New England preliminary-round action at Lowell Memorial Auditorium. Season tickets for all nine events can be purchased by calling the Lowell Memorial Auditorium box office at 1.866.722.8881 or order online at www.LowellMemorialAuditorium.com.