Weekend Sports in Brief


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) " Tom Herman now gets his chance for a Texas takeover.

Herman, who coached Houston to national prominence the last two seasons, was announced as the new Texas coach Saturday, replacing Charlie Strong, who was fired Sunday morning after three consecutive losing seasons.

"Longhorn football has been - and always will be - a national power, winning and playing for national championships with great pride and passion, supported by an unbelievable fan base," Herman said in statement released by Texas.

Contract details were not immediately released, and must still be approved by Texas' Board of Regents. Texas still owes Strong nearly $11 million on his original five-year guaranteed contract.

SOUTH BEND, Indiana (AP) " Coach Brian Kelly says he is "fully committed" to staying at Notre Dame after the Fighting Irish finished with their second-worst record in five decades. An embarrassing 45-27 loss to USC left Notre Dame with a 4-8 mark.

Kelly stated his intentions in a statement released by the school Sunday.

Yahoo Sports reported Saturday night that Kelly had reached out through representatives to explore coaching options outside Notre Dame.

The school tweeted Kelly's remarks at about 3:45 a.m. The coach said he thought he had made clear his plans to stay. He says he is not, has not and will not be interested in jobs outside Notre Dame. He remains "fully committed to leading this program in the future."

Kelly is 59-31 in seven seasons at Notre Dame " the most losses by an Irish coach. The Irish began this season ranked No. 10. They are just 15-15 under Kelly since starting 7-1 in 2014.


South Florida and Pittsburgh were among six teams to enter The Associated Press college football poll on Sunday, matching a record for the Top 25 era. USF and Pitt are tied for No. 24.

No. 17 Stanford, No. 19 Virginia Tech, No. 20 Navy and No. 22 Iowa also entered the rankings in the penultimate regular-season poll.

This is the fourth time six teams entered the rankings in one week since 1989, when the AP poll expanded to include 25 teams.

Alabama remained a unanimous No. 1 and Ohio State was No. 2. Clemson moved up a spot to No. 3 and Washington jumped two to No. 4. Michigan dropped two to fifth after its double-overtime loss to Ohio State.

No. 6 Wisconsin was followed by Oklahoma, Penn State, Colorado and Southern California.


KILLINGTON, Vermont (AP) " Mikaela Shiffrin won her sixth straight World Cup slalom Sunday after building a healthy lead in the first run at Killington.

The overall World Cup leader finished in a combined 1 minute, 27.95 seconds. Slovakia's Veronika Velez Zuzulova was 0.73 seconds behind, and Switzerland's Wendy Holdener was third in 1:28.81.

Norway's Nina Loeseth, runner-up in Saturday's giant slalom, was fourth in 1:29.29. She was 0.01 seconds ahead of Slovakia's Petra Vlhova. The top five first-run skiers finished in the same position.

Shiffrin also won the first slalom of the World Cup season in Finland. With a first in slalom and fifth in giant slalom at Killington, the American extended her World Cup lead. She has 325 points to 168 for runner-up Wendy Holdener.

Shiffrin attended Burke Mountain Academy in northern Vermont and was the clear crowd favorite. This weekend's World Cup races are the first for Killington and the first in 38 years in Vermont.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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