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Sports news briefs — Jan. 9

Compiled from wire reports

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golf

S. Korea’s Bae cards 63 to top Sony Open

• Sang-Moon Bae got off to a great start in pristine conditions along the shores of Oahu. Chris Kirk had an ideal finish.

They were together all Thursday morning, playing in the same group at the Sony Open and taking the top two spots on the early leaderboard. Bae played bogey-free for a 7-under 63. Kirk shot 29 on the back nine at Waialae, including an eagle on the last hole, for a 64.

• Raphael Jacquelin shot a bogey-free 5-under 67 in extremely windy conditions in Durban on South Africa’s east coast to take the first-round lead at the Volvo Golf Champions.

SoccER

U.S. star Bradley set to join Toronto FC

• Roma coach Rudi Garcia says American midfielder Michael Bradley is on the verge of joining Toronto FC. Italian media report Roma has accepted an offer of 7 million euros ($9.5 million) for Bradley from the Major League Soccer club. Bradley, a star with the U.S. national team, is in his second season with Roma after joining from Chievo Verona in 2012. He has started just five of 19 league matches this season, as he was sidelined for a month by a sprained ankle.

• Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure of Manchester City has won the African player of the year award for a third year in a row. Stephen Keshi of Nigeria won coach of the year after reviving the national team and leading the Super Eagles to their first African Cup win in 20 years.

college football

Petrino back ‘home’ to coach Louisville

• Bobby Petrino is back for a second stint as Louisville’s coach, returning to the school he calls home. Petrino coached Western Kentucky to an 8-4 record last season in his only year with the team. He led the Cardinals to a 41-9 mark from 2003-06. He received a seven-year contract with a base annual salary of $3.5 million. It includes a $10 million buyout for leaving that decreases after four years. The well-traveled coach said that will not be necessary because this is his “destination job.” He is 83-30 as a college coach, including a 34-17 mark at Arkansas that ended amid scandal in April 2012.

• Associated Press says Alabama Birmingham coach Garrick McGee is stepping down and has agreed to become Petrino’s offensive coordinator at Louisville. Former Southern California coach Lane Kiffin is being considered by Alabama to replace Nussmeier

• Michigan hired Doug Nussmeier away from Nick Saban and Alabama to be Brady Hoke’s offensive coordinator.

• Georgia secondary coach Scott Lakatos resigned for personal reasons after four years on staff.

• All-Big Ten running back Ameer Abdullah says he is returning to Nebraska for his senior season. He ran for more than 1,800 yards as a junior.

• Auburn tailback Tre Mason, who helped power the Tigers into the national championship game, is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL Draft. Mason is projected as a mid-round draft pick.

• Ty Montgomery of Stanford was named winner of the Jet Award winner as the top return specialist in college football. Montgomery averaged 31 yards with two TDs on kickoff returns.

other SPORTS

Verlander undergoes surgery on muscle

• Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander underwent muscle repair surgery Thursday after injuring himself at the end of December during offseason conditioning. Dr. Bill Meyers in Philadelphia performed the operation surgery successful.

• Colorado transfer Chris Jenkins is joining the men’s basketball team at the University of Detroit. Titans coach Ray McCallum says Jenkins is a versatile player.

— From wire reports


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