Af­ter an­other ugly loss, Rut­gers fires Ash

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Rut­gers fired foot­ball coach Chris Ash four games into a sea­son where the hap­less Scar­let Knights are show­ing lit­tle progress.

AD Pat Hobb an­nounced the fir­ing less than 24 hours af­ter Rut­gers (1-3) was em­bar­rassed 52-0 by Michi­gan. The Scar­let Knights were 1-11 last sea­son and haven’t won a Big Ten game since 2017.

Hobbs also an­nounced of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor John McNulty was fired and tight ends coach Nun­zio Cam­panile will serve as in­terim head coach for the re­main­der of the sea­son.

The 45-year-old Ash posted an 8-32 record in three-plus years, in­clud­ing a 3-26 mark in the Big Ten.

Rut­gers hosts Mary­land on Satur­day. A search for the next coach will be­gin im­me­di­ately, Hobbs said. Even be­fore the move to let go Ash, there was spec­u­la­tion that for­mer Rut­gers coach Greg Schi­ano would be a can­di­date to re­turn to the school.

Schi­ano was Rut­gers coach from 2001-11, lead­ing a mas­sive re­build that took the pro­gram from the bot­tom of ma­jor college foot­ball to six bowl ap­pear­ances in seven sea­sons. Schi­ano left to be­come Buc­ca­neers coach af­ter the 2011 sea­son, but lasted only two sea­sons.

Alabama is No. 1 in The AP poll for the first time this sea­son, re­plac­ing pre­sea­son No. 1 and de­fend­ing na­tional champ Clem­son af­ter the Tigers eeked out a 21-20 win over North Carolina on Satur­day. The Crim­son Tide re­ceived 29 of 61 first-place votes. Clem­son slipped to No. 2 and re­ceived 18 first-place votes. Ge­or­gia, Ohio State and LSU rounded out the rest of the top five. No. 24 SMU is ranked for the first time since the pro­gram re­ceived the so-called death penalty for NCAA rules vi­o­la­tions in 1987 and didn’t com­pete for two sea­sons . ... Notre Dame ju­nior DE Daelin Hayes will miss the rest of the sea­son af­ter suf­fer­ing a torn labrum dur­ing the Ir­ish’s 35-20 win over Vir­ginia on Satur­day. Also, se­nior CB Shaun Craw­ford will miss three to four weeks with a dis­lo­cated el­bow.

Auto rac­ing: Two-time de­fend­ing F1 champ Lewis Hamil­ton of Eng­land coasted to a com­fort­able vic­tory at the Rus­sian Grand Prix in Sochi. Hamil­ton ex­tended his sea­son points lead to 73 over Mercedes team­mate Valt­teri Bot­tas of Fin­land, who fin­ished sec­ond in the race. Pole win­ner Charles Le­clerc of Monaco was third.

NBA: Clip­pers F Paul Ge­orge told ESPN that he will not play in the pre­sea­son and is tar­get­ing a Novem­ber re­turn from off­sea­son surg­eries on both shoul­ders. Ge­orge, 29, had right rotator cuff surgery to re­pair a par­tially torn ten­don in his right shoul­der in May, and a mi­nor surgery to re­pair a par­tial tear of his left labrum in June.

NHL: Sid­ney Crosby left the Pen­guins’ pre­sea­son fi­nale Satur­day af­ter suf­fer­ing an ap­par­ent foot in­jury when hit by a puck. There was no up­date yet on the sever­ity of the in­jury. Bryan Rust also left the game af­ter he was hit in the hand by a puck . ... The Avs re-signed RW Mikko Ran­ta­nen to a six-year, $55.5 mil­lion deal. Ran­ta­nen, 22, set ca­reer highs in goals (31), as­sists (56) and points (87) last sea­son . ... The Jets re-signed LW Kyle Con­nor to a seven-year, $50 mil­lion deal. Con­nor, 22, had 34 goals and 32 as­sists last sea­son.

Soc­cer: Real So­ciedad missed an op­por­tu­nity to move atop the La Liga table, suf­fer­ing a 3-2 road loss to Sevilla. Real Madrid leads the sea­son stand­ings at 15 points through seven rounds, while Granada and Atletico Madrid are at 14 and two-time de­fend­ing champ Barcelona, So­ciedad and Sevilla are at 13.

Ten­nis: No. 7 seed Alex de Min­aur of Aus­tralia beat France’s Adrian Man­nar­ino 7-6 (4), 6-4 to win the Zhuhai Cham­pi­onships in China. It was De Min­aur’s third ATP ti­tle of the year.

Track and field: Shel­ley-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Ja­maica won the women’s 100 me­ters at the world cham­pi­onships in Doha, Qatar. Fraser-Pryce won her fourth 100 ti­tle in 10.71 sec­onds. Dina Asher-Smith of Bri­tain was sec­ond (10.83) and Marie-Josee Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast was third (10.90). De­fend­ing champ Tori Bowie with­drew be­fore the semifinals. She’s been ham­pered by in­juries all year.

WNBA: League MVP Elena Delle Donne scored 22 points to help the Mystics beat the Sun 95-86 in Game 1 of the WNBA Fi­nals in Wash­ing­ton.

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