Morgan is U.S. female soccer player of year
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.