Sunday, December 17, 2017
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college football

uf hires d-backs coach

One day after national signing day, Florida landed another big addition to its team.

Lakeland native Torrian Gray was named the Gators' defensive backs coach Thursday.

Gray, 41, a graduate of Lakeland Kathleen High, spent a decade as defensive backs coach at Virginia Tech, where he coached five All-Americans. The Hokies' pass defense allowed an average of 185 yards per game and held opponents to a 106.5 passer rating during his tenure. Both figures were second in the nation in that span.

Gray inherits a secondary that includes star cornerback Jalen Tabor and safety Marcus Maye. Gray takes over for Kirk Callahan, who was dismissed last month.

Big 12: The conference is unlikely to stage a championship game this year, though the NCAA approved a plan last month that would allow the 10-team league to do so. Data presented to league athletic directors at a meeting in Irving, Texas, posed questions about whether the league would have a better chance to get into the four-team College Football Playoff without a championship game than it would with one, commissioner Bob Bowlsby said. No formal action was taken.

soccer

U.S. Soccer sues women's team union, includes person info in suit

U.S. Soccer's decision Wednesday to sue the union representing its women's team surprised some of the players, many of whom were gathering in Texas for an Olympic qualifying tournament next week. But the discovery that the court filing included detailed personal information about many of them — including home addresses and email accounts — brought outrage. "We feel disrespected," midfielder Megan Rapinoe said Thursday.

U.S. Soccer is seeking a judgment that its collective bargaining agreement with the team, which expired at 2012's end, remains in effect as part of a memorandum of understanding it signed with the players' representatives in March 2013. The union's leadership contends the agreement does not and it can repudiate the agreement with 60 days' notice.

That disagreement reached a crisis point in a meeting between the sides Tuesday. When the union refused to agree in writing that it would not take any job actions this year — it is favored to win the gold medal at the Summer Olympics — U.S. Soccer filed for relief in federal court in Chicago. The original complaint was sealed pending a decision. A version with player information blacked out was online.

et cetera

Figure skating: Elizaveta Tuktamysheva will not defend her women's world title in Boston next month, Russian media quoted her coach as saying.

Hockey: Jack Riley, a longtime West Point coach who guided a team of bickering amateurs to a startling gold medal in the 1960 Olympics, died Wednesday on Cape Cod in Massachusetts at 95.

Matt Baker, Times staff writer; Times wires

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Lightning journal: No easy answers on replacing injured Ryan Callahan

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Melo cheered, then booed as Knicks spoil his return

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Rangers stay hot against a favorite opponent, the Bruins

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Mistakes doom Ducks in new coach’s debut

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Sunday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYCollege basketballWomen: Florida State at Texas12:30 p.m.FS1Women: Georgia Tech at Georgia1 p.m.SECStony Brook at Providence2:30 p.m.FS1North Carolina at Tennessee3 p.m.ESPNSavannah State at Baylor3 p.m.Fox SunWomen: USF at Florida International...
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