KELLY TO REMAIN AS COACH AT NOTRE DAME
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly will be back next season after leading the Fighting Irish to the national title game this season.
Kelly, who had interviewed with the Philadelphia Eagles, said his interest in the NFL is over for now.
"Like every kid who has ever put on a pair of football cleats, I have had thoughts about being a part of the NFL," Kelly said in a statement. "However, after much reflection and conversation with those closest to me, I have decided to remain at Notre Dame."
Those were his first comments since news broke Wednesday that he had interviewed with the Eagles a day after the Irish lost to Alabama 42-14 in the BCS title game.
MIAMI: The nearly 2-year-old NCAA investigation into the program might be close to ending. AP reported that the NCAA is scheduling meetings to discuss specific allegations with those accused, and that some meetings will happen Monday. The school would likely receive its notice of allegations shortly thereafter.
American gets first win, Vonn sixth
Alice McKennis earned her first World Cup victory at a downhill race in St. Anton, Austria, and fellow American Lindsey Vonn was sixth after returning from a nearly monthlong break. McKennis, who had never finished in the top three, beat Italy's Daniela Merighetti by 0.07 seconds. Vonn, the defending overall champion back after recovering from an intestinal illness, was 0.34 seconds behind, while another American, Laurenne Ross, was fifth.
MORE WINTER SPORTS: American Ted Ligety won a duel with Marcel Hirscher at a World Cup giant slalom in Adelboden, Switzerland, for a career-best fourth victory this season in his specialty event. … American and defending World Cup champion Sarah Hendrickson won a ski jump event in Hinterzarten, Germany.
HORSES: Dynamic Sky beat stablemate Sky Commander by three-quarters of a length to win the $100,000 Pasco Stakes, and Vitameta outlasted Cindys Casino by a neck to take the $100,000 Gasparilla Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs in Oldsmar. Ridden by Luis Contreras, Dynamic Sky ran 7 furlongs in 1 minute, 22.79 seconds. Divine Ambition was third. Vitameta ran 7 furlongs in 1:23.86 under Jose Cruz. Martha's Moon was third and Cotton Pickin sixth. … Jockey Gary Stevens earned his first victory since ending a seven-year retirement, winning aboard 5-1 shot Branding at Santa Anita.
SOCCER: World player of the year Abby Wambach, a former Florida star, was assigned to her hometown Western New York Flash, based in Rochester, in the new National Women's Soccer League. World player of the year runnerup Alex Morgan was allocated to Portland and U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo to Seattle. The eight-team league starts this spring. See ussoccer.com for a complete list. … Maryland forward Patrick Mullins and North Carolina midfielder Crystal Dunn won the Hermann Trophy as the top U.S. college players.
TENNIS: Bernard Tomic of Australia won his first ATP title, beating South Africa's Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-7 (2-6), 6-3 in the Sydney International final.
TRACK: The coach of Dayron Robles, Santiago Antunez, says the 2008 Olympic 110-meter hurdles champion will sit out the year because he is upset with his treatment from Cuban sports officials.
Times correspondent Don Jensen; Times wires