Carlyle fired as Ducks coach
The Anaheim Ducks fired coach Randy Carlyle amid a seven-game losing streak and free-fall into last place in the Western Conference. The NHL team said general manager Bob Murray would take over as interim coach for the remainder of the regular season. Carlyle, 62, the winningest coach in Ducks history, was in his second stint with Anaheim. He led the team to the Stanley Cup in 2007 and three appearances in the Western Conference Final (2006, 2007, 2017). Anaheim was second in the Pacific Division on Dec. 18 after winning 11 of 13 but they have gone 2-15-4 since. … Madison Chock and Evan Bates of the United States won the icedancing competition at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Anaheim, Calif. Chock and Bates, who were second at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships two weeks ago, scored 126.25 points during their free dance, which was to a medley of Elvis Presley tunes. They finished with 207.42 points to edge Canadians Kaitlyn
Weaver and Andrew Poje, who totaled 203.93 points. … About eight hours before their scheduled fight at UFC 234 in Melbourne, Australia's UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker withdrew from his championship defense against Kelvin Gastelum because of a serious abdominal injury and subsequent emergency surgery due to a perforated hernia. That moved up the highly anticipated No. 1 contender match between rising New Zealand star Israel Adesayna and Brazilian veteran
Anderson Silva to the main event on the sold-out Rod Laver Arena card. In an evenly matched fight over the first two rounds, Adesayna, now 16-0, dominated the third for a unanimous decision.