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Sports news briefs — Dec. 15

Compiled from wire reports


Holcomb’s bobsled team wins again

 Steven Holcomb drove USA-1 to victory Sunday to cap off another huge weekend for American bobsledders and skeleton athletes on the World Cup circuit in Lake Placid, N.Y., teaming with Curt Tomasevicz, Steve Langton and Chris Fogt to finish two runs at Mount Van Hoevenberg in 1 minute, 50.15 seconds. Holcomb is 7-for-7 this season, building big leads already in the two-man, four-man and combined overall points standings. The British team of John James Jackson, Stuart Benson, Bruce Tasker and Joel Fearon finished in 1:50.22.

 Elizabeth Yarnold of Britain won a shortened World Cup skeleton race at Mount Van Hoevenberg, topping Austria’s Janine Flock. Yarnold finished one run in 56.27 seconds to extend her World Cup series points lead. Flock was timed in 56.61 seconds and Noelle Pikus-Pace of the U.S. was third in 56.72 seconds.

 Mario Matt won his 14th World Cup slalom race to equal fellow Austrian Benjamin Raich’s mark, while Patrick Thaler of Italy got on the podium for first time in nearly five years in Val d’Isere, France. Matt beat Sweden’s Mattias Hargin by 0.53 seconds and Thaler — second after the first run — by 0.78 for his 15th overall World Cup win.

World champion Tessa Worley of France won a World Cup giant slalom in a combined time of 2 minutes, 7.62 seconds to deny Jessica Lindell-Vikarby of Sweden a second consecutive GS victory by 0.37 seconds in St. Moritz, Switzerland.


Garcia tops Stenson for Thailand victory

• Sergio Garcia shot a final-round 68 to beat Henrik Stenson by 4 strokes and win the Thailand Golf Championship on Sunday in Chonburi, Thailand. The 33-year-old Spaniard, who held the lead since the second round, turned in a solid final round with six birdies and two bogeys to finish on 22-under 266. Sweden’s Stenson matched Garcia’s 68 in his final round for an 18-under 270 total.

• Matt Kuchar and Harris English ran away with the Franklin Templeton Shootout, shooting a 14-under 58 in the final-round scramble to break the tournament course record in Naples, Fla. Kuchar and English finished at 34-under 182, playing their last 28 holes in 25 under. They beat Retief Goosen and Fredrik Jacobsen by 7 strokes, matching the tournament record for margin of victory set by Curtis Strange and Mark O’Meara in 1989.

 Stewart and Connor Cink won the Father/Son Challenge, making two eagles in their final five holes for a 3-stroke victory in the scramble event in Orlando, Fla. They finished with an 11-under 61 for 22-under total. Steve and Sam Elkington and Vijay and Qass Singh tied for second. The Singhs shot 61, and the Elkingtons had a 63.


Army fires coach 
after loss to Navy

• Army fired football coach Rich Ellerson after five seasons at West Point and no victories over Navy. Army Athletic Director Boo Corrigan said in a statement released by the school that Ellerson was notified that he would not be retained about 24 hours after the Black Knights (3-9) finished the season with a 34-7 loss to Navy.

• Another quarterback is leaving Florida after the program’s first losing season since 1979. Tyler Murphy, who started six games and may have gotten a shot at the job in 2014, announced he’s leaving to play his senior year elsewhere. Murphy joins freshman Max Staver as quarterbacks who have left the program after Florida coach Will Muschamp fired offensive coordinator Brent Pease and offensive line coach Tim Davis.

• North Dakota State didn’t waste time looking for its next coach, announcing it would turn the powerful Football Championship Subdivision program over to defensive coordinator Chris Klieman. Klieman, 47, is taking over for Craig Bohl after the most successful coach in the school’s football history left for Wyoming.

— From wire reports


A story in Sunday’s edition on the University of Akron men’s basketball team’s game against Bethune-Cookman contained some incorrect point totals. Zips forward Nick Harney scored 15 points, and Quincy Diggs scored nine.


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