U.S. Soc­cer honor for Mor­gan

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Alex Mor­gan has been 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 a spot in the World Cup next year in France.

De­fender Tierna Davidson, who started in her first nine na­tional team ap­pear­ances, was named Young Player of the Year, U.S. Soc­cer an­nounced Fri­day. The 19-year-old’s col­lege sea­son at Stan­ford was cut short when she broke her an­kle in Septem­ber.

Mor­gan, a Cal alum, scored seven of her goals dur­ing the CONCACAF World Cup qual­i­fy­ing tour­na­ment this fall to earn the Golden Boot. The U.S. won the tour­na­ment and earned a spot in the World Cup. Mor­gan also has three as­sists and has logged 1,500 min­utes this year, most of any player on the team.

Col­lege foot­ball:

Ge­or­gia Tech hired Tem­ple coach Ge­off Collins, choos­ing a Ge­or­gia na­tive with a back­ground in de­fense to re­place Paul Johnson as the Yel­low Jack­ets’ coach. Collins, 47, is a for­mer Florida and Mis­sis­sippi State de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor and Ge­or­gia Tech as­sis­tant who was 15-10 in two sea­sons at Tem­ple.

⏩ Lib­erty has hired for­mer Mis­sis­sippi head coach Hugh Freeze, more than a year af­ter he re­signed amid a scan­dal in which school of­fi­cials dis­cov­ered he used a univer­sity-is­sued cell phone to call es­cort ser­vices.

Freeze, 49, will re­place Turner Gill, who re­signed af­ter his sev­enth sea­son to spend more time with his ail­ing wife. The Flames fin­ished 6-6 this sea­son, their first com­pet­ing at the Foot­ball Bowl Sub­di­vi­sion level, and were 47-35 un­der Gill.

NFL:

The Chicago Bears re­moved quar­ter­back Mitchell Tru­bisky from their in­jury list, clear­ing the way for a start Sun­day night against the Los An­ge­les Rams . ... NFL in­ter­cep­tion leader Xavien Howard (knee) has been ruled out of the Mi­ami Dol­phins’ game Sun­day against New Eng­land . ... New York Jets line­backer Dar­ron Lee has been sus­pended four games by the NFL for vi­o­lat­ing its sub­stance abuse pol­icy.

Golf:

The teams of Bryson DeCham­beau-Kevin Na, Brian Har­man-Pat­ton Kizzire and Emil­iano Grillo-Graeme McDow­ell shot 13-un­der-par 59 in scram­ble play to share the first-round lead in the QBE Shootout in Naples, Fla.

⏩ Charl Schwartzel holed out from the fair­way for an ea­gle on No. 17 on his way to an 8un­der 63 and a one-shot lead af­ter the sec­ond round of the South African Open in Jo­han­nes­burg.

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