Seven Buckeyes named to All-Big Ten first team

• Big Ten champ Ohio State has seven players on the Associated Press All-Big Ten Conference team revealed Wednesday: Quarterback J.T. Barrett, tackle Jamarco Jones, guard Michael Jordan, center Billy Price, defensive ends Nick Bosa and Tyquan Lewis and defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones. Buckeyes cornerback Denzel Ward (Nordonia) was named to the second team. Penn State’s Saquon Barkley is offensive player of the year and Iowa linebacker Josey Jewell is defensive player of the year. Wisconsin’s Paul Chryst was coach of the year.

• Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, Stanford running back Bryce Love and Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson are the finalists for player of the year.

• Arkansas hired SMU’s Chad Morris as the new coach. Morris, 49, a Texas high school coach and former Clemson offensive coordinator, agreed to a six-year deal worth $3.5 million annually.

• Westerville native Ron Meyer, the football coach behind SMU’s famed “Pony Express” in the 1970s and 1980s, died at age 76.

• Pittsburgh signed coach Pat Narduzzi to a new contract that will keep him through the 2024 season. Narduzzi is 21-17 in three seasons with the Panthers, including a 5-7 mark in 2017.

• Rice signed Stanford offensive coordinator Mike Bloomgren to a five-year contract to be coach. He takes over for David Bailiff, who was fired on Nov. 27 after Rice finished 1-11 in his 11th season.

• Weber State signed football coach Jay Hill to an extension that keeps him in charge of the program through the 2023 season. The deal adds two years to a five-year extension signed in January.

• Suspended USC linebacker Osa Masina, 20, was sentenced to one year in a Utah jail after pleading guilty to misdemeanor sexual battery in Salt Lake City.

• Florida is switching from Nike to Jordan Brand, becoming the fourth college football program to represent the Jumpman and the first in the Southeastern Conference.


U.S. TV ratings plummet for World Cup matches

• The U.S. television audience plummeted for the World Cup draw without the presence of the Americans in the 32-nation field. English-language coverage Friday on Fox’s FS1 averaged 65,000 viewers from 10-11:05 a.m., down 87 percent from a record average of 489,000 for the 2014 draw televised by ESPN2 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Dec. 6, 2013.

• Dave Sarachan will serve as interim U.S. soccer coach for the Americans’ Jan. 28 exhibition against Bosnia-Herzegovina at Carson, Calif. The U.S. Soccer Federation said Sarachan will hold a training camp with about 30 players starting Jan. 10 at Carson.

• Calgary Flames forward Jaromir Jagr sat out Wednesday against the Toronto Maple Leafs with of a lower-body injury.

• Brown University has launched an investigation into alleged hazing on the men’s varsity swimming and diving team.

— ABJ/ wires