Wisconsin coach will lead Arkansas
• Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema is the new coach at Arkansas, taking over a program that stumbled from scandal into an awful season. Arkansas brought in John L. Smith after firing Bobby Petrino this year after he hired his mistress to work in the football department. Arkansas went 4-8 and fired Smith. Bielema, 42, is 68-24 in his seventh season as Barry Alvarez’s successor with the Badgers. Wisconsin lost five games this year, but beat Nebraska 70-31 in the Big Ten title game to secure its third straight trip to the Rose Bowl. It will play Stanford on Jan. 1.
• Auburn hired former offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn as its new coach, replacing Gene Chizik, who was fired after a 49-0 loss to No. 2 Alabama to end a 3-9 season. He was the Tigers’ offensive coordinator in 2010, but spent last season at Arkansas State as head coach. He led the Red Wolves to a 9-3 record, a Sun Belt Conference title and a berth in the GoDaddy.com Bowl against Kent State.
• Boston College hired Steve Addazio away from Temple to be the Eagles’ next coach. Addazio, a Connecticut native, went 13-11 in two seasons with the Owls since taking over for Al Golden in Philadelphia. Temple is coming off a 4-7 season. In his first season with the Owls, Addazio went 9-4 and won the New Mexico Bowl. He replaces Frank Spaziani, who was fired after four seasons as coach and 16 overall at BC.
McIlroy and Huh earn PGA awards
• Rory McIlroy was voted PGA Tour player of the year after winning four times, including his second major championship. John Huh was voted rookie of the year.
• Brandon Davis, the CEO of Swan Energy, acquired Inception Racing and vows his new NASCAR team will race all next season. He will field the No. 30 Toyota for rebranded Swan Racing. David Stremme will drive the car.
• FC Dallas re-signed defender George John, 25, to a multiyear deal in the MLS. John has appeared in 95 games for FC Dallas since the team drafted him in 2009. He has four goals in his Dallas career.
• Former Olympian Guy Thibault will take over as coach of the U.S. speedskating short track national racing program. He will assume his duties after the U.S. championships this month.
• Ken Trickey, a former basketball coach at Iowa State, Oral Roberts and Middle Tennessee State, died Tuesday in Tulsa, Okla. He was 79.
— Associated Press