Mor­gan is U.S. fe­male soc­cer player of year

Albany Times Union - - SPORTS - — Wire re­ports

CHICAGO — Alex Mor­gan was named U.S. Soc­cer’s Player of the Year for a sec­ond time af­ter lead­ing the na­tional team with 18 goals in 19 games and help­ing it earn as­potin the World Cup next year in France.

De­fender Tierna David­son was named Young Player of the Year.

Col­lege foot­ball: Ok­la­homa QB Kyler Mur­ray is the unan­i­mous pick for The AP Big 12 of­fen­sive player of the year, the fourth straight win­ner from the Soon­ers . ... Ge­or­gia Tech hired Tem­ple coach Ge­off Collins to re­place Paul John­son as the Yellow Jack­ets’ coach . ... Lib­erty hired for­mer Mis­sis­sippi coach hugh Freeze to lead its foot­ball pro­gram . ... Stand­out Kansas run­ning back Pooka wil­liams was sus­pended from the team af­ter his ar­rest on sus­pi­cion of do­mes­tic bat­tery . ... UCF rookie coach Josh he­u­pel was re­warded for help­ing the Knights post a 12-0 record and win an AAC ti­tle with a con­tract ex­ten­sion through 2023. Golf: Charl Schwartzel ea­gled the 17th on his way to an 8-un­der 63 and a one-shot lead af­ter the sec­ond round of the South African Open.

WNBA: For­mer NBA player and coach Derek Fisher was in­tro­duced as coach of the L.A. Sparks. He re­places Brian Agler, who re­signed last week. Fisher coached the New York Knicks from 2014-2016.

Fig­ure skat­ing: Nathan Chen of the United States won the short pro­gram at the Grand Prix Fi­nals. Au­tos: Alexan­der rossi has re­placed fel­low Indycar driver Gra­ham ra­hal at Acura Team Penske for the IMSA sports car en­durance events. Rossi will share the No. 7 Acura with he­lio Cas­tron­eves and ricky tay­lor in the Rolex 24 at Day­tona and 12 Hours of Se­bring.

Col­lege bas­ket­ball: Univer­sity of Con­necti­cut will re­tire the num­bers of Hall of Famers ray Allen (34) and re­becca Lobo (50). The num­bers will be­come the first re­tired by the school dur­ing a cer­e­mony in March.

Box­ing: Floyd May­weather says he and Ja­panese kick­box­ing star ten­shin Na­sukawa will meet af­ter all — but only in a nine­minute New Year’s Eve ex­hi­bi­tion.

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