Saturday, December 16, 2017
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

NICKERSON, HAYES-STOKER JOIN LOVIE

New Illinois coach Lovie Smith officially hired former Bucs assistant Hardy Nickerson as defensive coordinator. Smith also named Colts assistant Andrew Hayes-Stoker as wide receivers coach. Nickerson, who had been hired to coach the 49ers linebackers this season, and Hayes-Stoker both worked with Smith in Chicago and Tampa Bay.

FLORIDA: Coach Jim McElwain said offensive lineman Travaris Dorsey and K Austin Hardin are transferring.

TENNIS

Murray falls at Indian Wells

Andy Murray was upset in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., losing 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3) to 53rd-ranked Federico Delbonis of Argentina. Delbonis scored the biggest win of his career, outlasting the second-seeded Murray in a 2-hour, 46-minute struggle.

SOCCER

Three South Africans banned

FIFA banned three more former South African Football Association officials over match-fixing in friendly games ahead of the country's hosting of the 2010 World Cup. Former SAFA chief executive Leslie Sedibe was banned for five years and fined $20,200. The governing body also banned Steve Goddard and Adeel Carelse, both former officials at SAFA's referees department, for two years each.

WORLD CUP: FIFA canceled Kuwait's two scheduled qualifying matches this month and opened a disciplinary case against its soccer federation.

PREMIER LEAGUE: Shinji Okazaki's overhead kick gave leader Leicester a 1-0 victory over Newcastle.

CEO TO RESIGN: Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre, who restored stability to a club that was on the brink of bankruptcy six years ago, has decided to leave the role next year.

FA CUP: Manchester United will play Everton in the semifinals if Louis van Gaal's side beats West Ham in a quarterfinal replay. The other semifinal on the weekend of April 23-24 at Wembley Stadium will see Crystal Palace play Watford.

ET CETERA

AUTOS: Four-time IndyCar Scott Dixon and four-time Champ Car champ Sebastien Bourdais were named to Chip Ganassi's four-car Ford team for June's 24 Hours of Le Mans in France. Bourdais, a Le Mans native, resides in St. Petersburg.

IDITAROD: Reigning champion Dallas Seavey leads the 2016 race as mushers move up the Bering Sea coast.

Times wires

Comments

Boys basketball: Lakewood 45, Gibbs 44

ST. PETERSBURG — Once the lights dimmed in the gymnasium and the capacity crowd dispersed, Lakewood coach Anthony Lawrence spotted Gibbs coach Larry Murphy strolling past the the bleachers."Hey, Murph. Do we have to do this every time?" Lawrenc...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Boys basketball: Nature Coast 78, Central 29

Boys basketball: Nature Coast 78, Central 29

BROOKSVILLE – Once again supporting its place as the top program in Hernando County, Nature Coast maintained its undefeated record in a dominant win over rival Central.While the Bears were able to upset the Sharks to win the Class 6A, District ...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Girls basketball: Plant 66, Steinbrenner 31

LUTZ — Here's some discouraging news for any team that has to play Plant this season or in the next few seasons: The Panthers beat Steinbrenner 66-31 Friday night. Of those 66 points, 48 were scored by a sophomore and two freshmen.Freshman powe...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Boys basketball: Plant City 79, Tampa Bay Tech 74

Boys basketball: Plant City 79, Tampa Bay Tech 74

TAMPA — Traveling to play at Tampa Bay Tech is a test for any area basketball team these days because the Titans are tough and the crowd is loud.Plant City prepared for all of the above, answered most of the questions and passed the exam Friday...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Nobody has Jameis Winston’s back more than Dirk Koetter, offensive coordinator Todd Monken insists

Nobody has Jameis Winston’s back more than Dirk Koetter, offensive coordinator Todd Monken insists

Nobody is a bigger supporter of Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston than head coach Dirk Koetter.That was the passionate message that offensive coordinator/receivers coach Todd Monken unloaded at his news conference Friday, saying that reports that Winst...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Westbrook, Embiid put on show in triple OT thriller

Westbrook, Embiid put on show in triple OT thriller

PHILADELPHIA — Russell Westbrook had 27 points, 17 rebounds and 15 assists, and the Thunder and the 76ers went basket-for-basket in a three-overtime thriller before Oklahoma City pulled out a 119-117 victory Friday night. Andre Roberson scored the wi...
Updated: 6 hours ago

High school scoreboard for Dec. 15

Friday’s scoreboardGirls soccerCountryside 7, Clearwater 0Osceola 9, Bradenton Bayshore 0Palm Harbor U. 2, Plant 1Boys soccerPalm Harbor U. 0, Plant 0Lennard 4, Armwood 1
Updated: 6 hours ago

Saturday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYBoxingMiddleweights: Lemieux vs. Saunders9:30 p.m.HBOCollege basketballButler vs. PurduenoonFoxMiami at George WashingtonnoonCBSSNLouisville vs. MemphisnoonESPN2Detroit vs. MichigannoonESPNUNC-Greensboro at N.C. StatenoonFSFSeton Hall at Rutgers...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Ryan Callahan out at least 3-4 weeks for Lightning

Ryan Callahan out at least 3-4 weeks for Lightning

When Lightning wing Ryan Callahan took a nasty spill into the boards Thursday night, it didn't look good.Turns out, it wasn't. Callahan will be sidelined indefinitely with an upper body injury, evaluated after three to four weeks, per GM Steve Yzerma...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Rangers hold off Pacific-leading Kings

Rangers hold off Pacific-leading Kings

NEW YORK — Rick Nash scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:27 left to lead the Rangers to a 4-2 victory over the Pacific Division-leading Kings on Friday night. Chris Kreider, Kevin Hayes and J.T. Miller scored to help New York win for the second time i...
Updated: 7 hours ago