The Washington Post

USC fires Helton after ugly loss to Stanford SOCCER

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The long, unusual tenure of

Clay Helton, the 49-year-old coach at Southern California, ended Monday afternoon when the school fired him two games into the season. It came more than 111/ years after his arrival as

2 an assistant and almost six after his ascension to the helm. It left an opening at one of the country’s storied football programs.

Donte Williams, an associate head coach who coached USC’S cornerback­s, will serve as interim head coach, his first such turn in a career that has taken him through Nevada, Washington, San Jose State, Arizona, Nebraska and Oregon before his arrival at USC in 2020. He is regarded as an excellent recruiter.

Helton’s head-coaching tenure, long viewed as pretty good but not good enough, ended at 46-24. His 70th game became a flashing-lights loss to Stanford sound-tracked by booing in Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday night. Two late USC touchdowns windowdres­sed the score from 42-13 to a final 42-28, and the Trojans exhibited some of the same issues of football discipline that have plagued them in recent seasons.

Those included nine penalties for 111 yards, and those nine included a targeting call on the opening kickoff and on the kicker himself.

“We’ll see where we are at the end of the year,” Helton told reporters afterward. “And I believe we’re going to be happy at that time.”

The school, which had fired coach Lane Kiffin (nowadays heading Mississipp­i) famously at an airport in the middle of the night after a trip to Arizona State in 2013 and had fired Steve Sarkisian (nowadays heading Texas) famously in 2015 after he reportedly showed up intoxicate­d to practice, had its third midseason firing in the past nine seasons.

— Chuck Culpepper Boston College quarterbac­k

Phil Jurkovec underwent surgery for a hand injury that knocked him out of this weekend’s game against Massachuse­tts. He could miss the remainder of the year, the school said. . . .

LSU running back John Emery Jr. is expected to miss the remainder of the season for academic reasons, Coach Ed Orgeron said. . . .

Virginia Tech tight end James Mitchell will have knee surgery and miss the rest of the season, Coach Justin Fuente said. . . .

North Carolina State lost allACC linebacker Payton Wilson and safety Cyrus Fagan to season-ending injuries. . . .

Miami running back Don Chaney Jr. is out for the season with a knee injury. . . .

Purdue running back Zander Horvath will miss four to eight weeks with a broken fibula, Coach Jeff Brohm said. . . .

Texas A&M quarterbac­k Haynes King had surgery to repair his broken right leg. . . .

Oregon freshman linebacker Justin Flowe is out indefinite­ly with a right foot injury.

PRO BASKETBALL

Kelsey Plum scored 26 of her 30 points in the second half, A’ja Wilson had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and the Las Vegas Aces earned an 85-75 WNBA win over the visiting Dallas Wings.

Riquna Williams added 16 points for Las Vegas (22-8), which can clinch a double bye in the playoffs with one win in its final two games. Arike Ogunbowale scored 23 points for Dallas (13-18).

Everton produced a remarkable comeback with three goals in seven minutes to beat visiting Burnley, 3-1.

Ben Mee marked his 200th English Premier League appearance with the opening goal in the 53rd minute. But within the space of 379 seconds, the hosts turned the match on its head via a Michael Keane header against his former club, a stunner from Andros Townsend and a one-on-one from fellow new arrival Demarai Gray. ...

Sergio Canales scored an 89th-minute goal with a beautiful run from near midfield to help visiting Real Betis defeat Granada, 2-1, and end its winless streak in Spain’s La Liga. . . .

Mattias Svanberg scored late for host Bologna to beat Hellas Verona, 1-0, in Italy’s Serie A and extend its unbeaten start to three matches.

OLYMPICS

Algerian judoka Fethi Nourine was banned from competitio­n for 10 years by the

Internatio­nal Judo Federation after his withdrawal from the Tokyo Olympics to avoid a potential bout against an Israeli opponent. . . .

Ukraine wants to enter formal talks about hosting the Winter Games, the Internatio­nal Olympic Committee said.

MISC.

The Columbus Blue Jackets said they replaced assistant

coach Sylvain Lefebvre with

Steve Mccarthy because Lefebvre decided not to receive a coronaviru­s vaccine and “thus will not be able to perform the duties required of him given current NHL protocols.” . . .

Will Zalatoris was voted PGA Tour rookie of the year, the first in 20 years to receive the award without being a full member.

— From news services

and staff reports

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