Tar Heels give the boot

to coach Larry Fedora

North Carolina fired football coach Larry Fedora after seven seasons.

Sunday's news came less than a day after an overtime loss to rival North Carolina State that dropped the Tar Heels to 2-9 and concluded with a brawl between the teams in the end zone after the Wolfpack scored the winning touchdown.

The move will cost UNC about $12 million owed on Fedora's contract that runs through the 2022 season.

USC keeps Clay Helton

despite mediocre season

Clay Helton will remain USC's football coach despite presiding over the Trojans' first losing season since 2000, Athletic Director Lynn Swann announced Sunday.

Swann secured his coach's future one day after the Trojans finished 5-7 with a narrow loss to Notre Dame. Despite widespread dissatisfaction with Helton among USC's boosters and fans, Swann is staying with the coach who got a contract extension through 2023 from Swann just nine months ago.

"I am a strong advocate of consistency within a program, sticking by a leader, supporting them and helping them and their team improve," Swann said. "One season does not define a coach."

Texas Tech dumps coach

after another losing year

Texas Tech fired Kliff Kingsbury after the former record-setting Red Raiders quarterback had a losing overall record in his six seasons as football coach.

The move came a day after the Red Raiders finished their third consecutive losing season with a 35-24 loss to Baylor when they had a chance to get bowl eligible. That was their fifth straight loss after a 5-2 start this year, though it seems unlikely that a win in the finale would have saved Kingsbury's job.

American Mikaela Shiffrin

captures World Cup slalom

Mikaela Shiffrin powered through the fog Sunday at Killington to win her third straight World Cup slalom race.

The 23-year-old from Colorado overcame tiny mistakes on the final run and made up ground near the finish with the home crowd cheering. Shiffrin finished in a combined time of 1 minute, 43.25 seconds to edge Petra Vlhova of Slovakia by 0.57 second. Sweden's Frida Hansdotter finished third.

Calgary Flames coach hit

with puck, needs stitches

Calgary Flames coach Bill Peters needed stitches in his left jaw after being hit with a puck during the Flames' 6-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes.

Peters was hit with 16:23 left in the period and was helped to the locker room, holding a towel over his jaw. He returned without a bandage with 5:07 to play.

Marin Cilic seals victory

for Croatia in Davis Cup

Marin Cilic sealed Croatia's victory over defending champion France in the Davis Cup final with a 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-3 win over Lucas Pouille.

Cilic, a former U.S. Open champion, gave Croatia a 3-1 unassailable lead in the best-of-five series on indoor clay in northern France.

Cilic was surrounded by the whole Croatian team on the court and covered his shoulders with the Croatian flag after the country's president, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, hugged him.