NCAA FOOTBALL: USC fires coach after another loss
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California fired Lane Kiffin a few hours after the Trojans lost 62-41 at Arizona State, ending the coach’s tumultuous tenure.
Ed Orgeron was picked as interim head coach by athletic director Pat Haden, who dismissed Kiffin at the airport following the Trojans’ flight home.
USC (3-2, 0-2 Pac-12) has eight games left under Orgeron, Kiffin’s assistant head coach and the former Mississippi head coach.
Saturday’s loss was the seventh in 11 games for a high-profile program still struggling under the cumulative effect of NCAA sanctions.
Irish drop out of Top 25 poll
NEW YORK (AP) — Notre Dame dropped out of The Associated Press college football poll after losing its second game of the season, and Arizona State moved in at No. 22.
Alabama remained No. 1 as the top five held their spots for the third consecutive week. The Crimson Tide received 55 of 60 first-place votes, and No. 2 Oregon got the rest from the media panel, one more than last week. Clemson is third, followed by Ohio State and Stanford.
Notre Dame (3-2), coming off a loss in the BCS championship game, began the season No. 14 but is now out of the Top 25 after losing 35-21 at home to Oklahoma, which moved up three spots to 11th.
Kemp to miss the postseason
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dodgers won’t have center fielder Matt Kemp for the postseason because of swelling in a bone in his left ankle.
Los Angeles said Kemp’s season is over. He left the clubhouse on crutches after the Dodgers lost to Colorado 2-1 in the regular-season finale.
Dr. Neal ElAttrache says an MRI taken during the game showed microscopic evidence of swelling in one of the major weight-bearing bones in Kemp’s sprained ankle.
Spoelstra signs deal with Heat
MIAMI (AP) — Erik Spoelstra signed a multiyear extension to remain as coach of the Miami Heat.
Spoelstra has led the Heat to the past two NBA championships and is 260-134 in his first five seasons in Miami. He had one year left on his existing contract, a deal that the sides agreed to in 2011.
Hadley wins final event
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Chesson Hadley had to settle for a victory in the Web.com Tour Championship.
Hadley closed with a 1-under 69 for a two-shot victory in the fourth and final event of the series that determine PGA Tour cards. But a late bogey by Scott Gardiner kept Hadley from winning the special money list and getting full status on the PGA Tour and a spot in The Players Championship next year.
John Peterson wound up winning the special money list.
Force wins race for 136th victory
MADISON, Ill. (AP) — John Force raced to his record 136th career victory and moved into position for a 16th Funny Car season title Sunday in the NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park.
The 64-year-old Force won for the second time this year, beating defending series champion Jack Beckman with a 4.097-second run at 310.13 mph in a Ford Mustang.