In this Dec. 21, 2018, photo, crews work to set up a hockey rink and staging for the NHL Winter Classic game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind. Just three days after Notre Dame lost in the College Football Playoff, the longtime home of the Fighting Irish hosts the NHL’s sixth regular-season game in Indiana. It also becomes the second college to welcome the traveling circus that is the Winter Classic, joining the University of Michigan in 2014. (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP)
December 31, 2018 - 6:28 pm
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The Winter Classic is going back to college — and it's bringing along two familiar foes. Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks. Patrice Bergeron and the Boston Bruins. Hockey at the home of Knute Rockne, Paul Hornung and, of course, Rudy. The 11th edition of the NHL's...
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File-This Dec. 22, 2018, file photo shows UCLA head coach Steve Alford and his players watching during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Ohio State, in the fifth annual CBS Sports Classic, in Chicago. Alford has been fired as UCLA basketball coach after six seasons, with the Bruins mired in a four-game skid that included losses at home to Belmont and Liberty. Athletic director Dan Guerrero said Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, that assistant Murry Bartow will serve as interim coach through the end of the season. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
December 31, 2018 - 6:11 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Steve Alford was fired as UCLA basketball coach in his sixth season on Monday, with the Bruins mired in a four-game skid that included losses at home to Belmont and Liberty. Athletic director Dan Guerrero said assistant Murry Bartow will serve as interim coach through the end of...
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Cincinnati quarterback Hayden Moore, center, is tackled by a group of Virginia Tech defenders as he rushes the ball in the first half of the Military Bowl NCAA college football game, Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, in Annapolis, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
December 31, 2018 - 5:33 pm
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Racing back and forth on a drenched field, Cincinnati and Virginia Tech put up some lofty numbers as the rain came down in the Military Bowl. Michael Warren found his footing when it mattered most, scoring the go-ahead touchdown with 1:29 left for the Bearcats, whose 35-31...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018 file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter talks to reporters after an NFL football game against the New York Giants in East Rutherford, N.J. Dirk Koetter has been fired as coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The team made the announcement Sunday night, Dec. 30, 2018 a little more than three hours after the Bucs concluded a disappointing season with a 34-32 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)
December 31, 2018 - 4:59 pm
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are searching for a new coach for the fifth time in 10 years. History says they'll set their sights on a big name, but not necessarily land their first or even second choice. General manager Jason Licht said Monday he's just "grateful" to have an...
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Cleveland Browns head coach Gregg Williams walks on the sideline in the second half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
December 31, 2018 - 4:13 pm
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — The Browns believe they finally have the pieces. All that's missing is someone to keep them together. A day after Cleveland ended a promising turnaround season following a winless 2017, general manager John Dorsey said he will interview interim coach Gregg Williams and offensive...
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Rutgers players Stasha Carey, left, and Caitlin Jenkins celebrate their 73-65 win over Maryland in a NCAA basketball game, Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
December 31, 2018 - 3:35 pm
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Maryland coach Brenda Frese knows the Big Ten is a much-improved league from a few seasons ago. On Monday, her team found out the hard way. Stasha Carey scored 18 points, Ciani Cryor had 12 points and 11 assists, and Rutgers gave a dominant rebounding performance in a 73-65...
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File- This Dec. 20, 2018, file photo shows Duke forward Zion Williamson (1) dunking the ball against Texas Tech during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in New York. Williamson is one of the names you may not know now but very well could by the end of 2019. They figure to come up big in the new year.(AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)
December 31, 2018 - 1:30 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — After a light Christmas week schedule, top-ranked Duke and everyone else at the top of the AP Top 25 stayed put in a poll with few major changes. Things could be more volatile with conference play set to get rolling this week. The Blue Devils sat atop an unchanged top 12 in...
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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) greets Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis after an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)
December 31, 2018 - 1:21 pm
CINCINNATI (AP) — The surprise isn't that Marvin Lewis is gone, but that it took so long for the Bengals to make the change. Lewis arrived in 2003 and elevated one of the NFL's most forlorn franchises to respectability, but couldn't take it to the next level. He was fired Monday after his 16th...
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Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase watches the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)
December 31, 2018 - 11:41 am
MIAMI (AP) — Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase has been fired and executive vice president of football operations Mike Tannenbaum has been demoted after the team missed the playoffs for the 15th time in 17 years. General manager Chris Grier, who has been with the team in various capacities for 19...
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Arizona Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks walks off the field after an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 27-24. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
December 31, 2018 - 11:35 am
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have fired Steve Wilks after just one season as head coach. Wilks' firing Monday followed a 3-13 season, the franchise's worst record in 18 years and the worst in the NFL this season. Wilks, 49, was hired after Bruce Arians retired following five seasons in...
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