U.S. Soccer honor for Morgan
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.
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.
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.
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.