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Kelly takes over at LSU after Notre Dame exit

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LSU announced the hiring of Brian Kelly as its football coach Tuesday and said the former Notre Dame coach agreed to a 10year contract worth $95 million, plus incentives.

The hiring of Kelly — who has led Notre Dame for the past 12 seasons and eclipsed Knute Rockne for career victories with the Fighting Irish — came together Monday night in yet another blockbuste­r coaching move in college football.

“Brian Kelly is the epitome of a winner,” LSU Athletic Director

Scott Woodward said.

Kelly replaced Ed Orgeron, a Louisiana native who won a national title at LSU just two seasons ago. Orgeron went 11-11 after the title and agreed in October to a $17 million buyout to leave at the end of the season.

“I could not be more excited to join a program with the commitment to excellence, rich traditions, and unrivaled pride and passion of LSU football,” Kelly said. . . .

Louisiana Tech hired Texas Tech offensive coordinato­r Sonny Cumbie as its next coach. . . .

Auburn fired offensive coordinato­r and quarterbac­ks coach Mike Bobo.

Bobo was hired in January on a three-year contract worth $1.3 million annually. Auburn will owe him the remaining

$2.6 million. . . .

The Big Ten announced that Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson is its defensive player of the year and Michigan State’s Mel Tucker is the coach of the year.


Tiger Woods had nothing to say about the February car crash that shattered his right leg, and he had even less of an idea what his future in golf holds except that he’s a long way from deciding whether he can compete against the best.

“I can show up here and I can host an event, I can play a par-3 course, I can hit a few shots, I can chip and putt,” he said in Nassau, Bahamas, site of the Hero World Challenge, which starts Thursday. “But we’re talking about going out there and playing against the world’s best on the most difficult golf courses under the most difficult conditions.

“I’m so far from that.” Woods addressed the media for the first time since his Feb. 23 crash on a winding road in the Los Angeles coastal suburbs. Police said he was driving at least 84 mph when he crossed a median and his SUV tumbled down a hill.

Doctors said he shattered tibia and fibula bones in his right leg in multiple locations. Those were stabilized by a rod in the tibia. Screws and pins were used to stabilize additional injuries in the ankle and foot.


A late goal by Kyah Simon earned host Australia a 1-1 draw against the United States in Newcastle and denied the American women a second win in the two-game series.

The United States scored early again through Washington Spirit forward Ashley Hatch and created the best attacking chances but paid the price for not converting. Simon’s strike in the 88th minute gave the Matildas a draw. . . .

The England women posted the biggest win in their history, routing visiting Latvia, 20-0, in a World Cup qualifier in Doncaster.

There were 10 different scorers, and four had hat tricks — including Ellen White, who became the team’s all-time leading scorer with 48 goals. . . .

The Kansas City Current acquired U.S. midfielder

Samantha Mewis from the North Carolina Courage in exchange for defender Kiki Pickett and a first-round pick in the National Women’s Soccer League draft. . . .

No. 4 seed New York City FC advanced to the MLS Eastern Conference final with an upset of the top-seeded New England Revolution, 5-3 on penalties after a 2-2 draw.

Santiago Rodríguez opened the scoring for NYCFC in the third minute before Adam Buksa tied the game six minutes later.

Valentín Castellano­s gave the visitors another lead in extra time, but Tajon Buchanan’s 118th-minute equalizer for New England sent the game to a shootout. . . .

The Vancouver Whitecaps of MLS appointed interim coach

Vanni Sartini to the permanent position on a two-year deal. . . .

Newcastle was denied its first English Premier League win of the season when Norwich City striker Teemu Pukki equalized for the visitors in the 79th minute of a 1-1 draw. . . .

Mario Pasalic scored a hat trick to help host Atalanta rout Venezia, 4-0, in Serie A.

Elsewhere in Italy, Juventus survived a scare to win, 2-0, at last-place Salernitan­a on goals by Paulo Dybala and Álvaro Morata. ...

U.S. midfielder Gio Reyna resumed training with German club Borussia Dortmund, nearly three months after injuring his right hamstring. . . .

José Pekerman, who has coached teams in three World Cups, was hired to take over the Venezuelan men’s team.


Germany came from behind to upset Britain in the Davis Cup quarterfin­als after Kevin Krawietz and Tim Pütz won the decisive doubles match in Innsbruck, Austria.

The German pair defeated British teammates Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski, 7-6 (12-10), 7-6 (7-5), after the best-of-three matchup was level following the two singles.

Daniel Evans had given Britain the lead by beating Peter Gojowczyk, 6-2, 6-1, but JanLennard Struff pulled Germany even by beating Cameron Norrie, 7-6 (8-6), 3-6, 6-2. . . .

Moroccan runner Halima Hachlaf was banned for six years for a second doping offense.

Hachlaf, who ran in the 800 meters at the 2012 London Olympics, tested positive for a synthetic steroid hormone at a race in Rabat in January. . . .

A court date was reset to January for former UFC champion Jon Jones to learn whether he’ll face criminal charges following his September arrest on allegation­s that he scuffled with his fiancee and damaged a Las Vegas police vehicle at Caesars Palace.

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