The Columbus Dispatch

USC to hire coach Lincoln Riley away from Oklahoma

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Southern California is finalizing a deal for Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley to be its next coach in a stunning and rare move of one traditiona­l college football powerhouse swiping another’s highly accomplish­ed head coach, according to multiple reports.

Riley is 55-10 in five seasons leading the Sooners, winning four Big 12 titles and making three College Football Playoff appearance­s.

The 38-year-old native Texan is widely considered one of the top offensive minds in the college game, and the 11time national champion Trojans appear to have managed to sell him on the Trojans’ potential to return to their glory days as a championsh­ip contender and the West Coast’s premier program.

USC fired Clay Helton in September early in his seventh season in charge.

Red Sox owners to buy Penguins

PITTSBURGH – Fenway Sports Group has reached an agreement with the Pittsburgh Penguins that would give the conglomera­te controllin­g interest in one of the NHL’S marquee franchises. The Penguins announced Monday that the two sides have come to terms on a deal, which would need to be approved by the NHL’S Board of Governors. A decision is expected by the end of the year. Financial details were not released. Sportico valued the Penguins at $845 million last month.

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