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November 18, 2018

NFL-BROWNS-CONDOLEEZZA RICE

Browns not discussed Condoleezza Rice as coaching candidate

CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns general manager John Dorsey says the team has not discussed former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as a candidate for its coaching vacancy.

ESPN had reported that the team would like to interview Rice for its coaching job.

Rice is an avid Browns fan and has visited the team’s headquarters on numerous occasions in recent years. On Sunday, Dorsey issued a statement praising Rice as a “great leader” and said he has “the utmost respect and admiration for all she’s accomplished.”

Dorsey said the team is in the process of composing a list of candidates “and Secretary Rice has not been discussed.”

Earlier this week, Dorsey said he was open to hiring a woman as Cleveland’s ninth head coach since 1999. The Browns fired Hue Jackson last month after he won just three games in two-plus seasons. Dorsey said interim coach Gregg Williams will be interviewed for the full-time position.

NFL-SCHEDULE

Where’s the AFC East? All 4 teams idle in Week 11

UNDATED (AP) — The Patriots, Bills, Jets and Dolphins all have the day off. In a rarity for the NFL, the entire AFC East is off in Week 11.

Also not playing this week are San Francisco and Cleveland.

Only two teams remain without byes: the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Rams. They’ll be off next week. The 9-1 Chiefs visit the 9-1 Rams on Monday night, a game moved from Mexico City to Los Angeles because of the poor field conditions at Azteca Stadium.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NEWS

AP source: Colorado fires MacIntyre after 6 straight losses

UNDATED (AP) — A person familiar with the decision says Colorado has fired coach Mike MacIntyre after the team lost six straight games in his sixth season at the school.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because an official announcement had not been made.

MacIntyre was voted AP college football coach of the year in 2016 after he led the Buffaloes to a Pac-12 South title and 10 victories. That was his only winning season at Colorado, going 20-40 and 6-38 in the Pac-12 in the other five.

The Buffs started this season with five straight victories, mostly against shaky competition, and moved into the AP Top 25. They have not won since and lost Saturday to Utah 30-7.

In other college coaching news:

— Les Miles is headed back to the Big 12 and another massive rebuilding job, this time taking on the downtrodden program at Kansas in a splashy hire aimed energizing a weary fan base. A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press the deal was finalized shortly before Miles arrived at the airport in nearby Topeka on Sunday morning. Miles was considered the front-runner for the Jayhawks’ job from the moment David Beaty was told he would not be retained two weeks ago. The 65-year-old Miles has a close relationship with Kansas athletic director Jeff Long dating to their days together at Michigan, and Miles had told those around him this season that he wanted back in coaching.

T25 BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE

No. 16 Virginia Tech faces No. 23 Purdue in Charleston final

UNDATED (AP) — No. 16 Virginia Tech will take on No. 23 Purdue for the championship at the Charleston Classic on Sunday night.

The 3-0 Hokies are playing for their first in-season tournament title in coach Buzz Williams’ five seasons. The 4-0 Boilermakers have won a tournament crown in two of the past three seasons.

On Sunday afternoon, No. 18 Michigan plays Providence for the championship of the Air Force Reserve Tip-Off Tournament. The Wolverines, who beat No. 8 Villanova on the road Wednesday, followed that up with an 84-61 victory Saturday over George Washington in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s annual in-season tournament. The Friars made it to the championship game with a come-from-behind 76-67 victory over South Carolina on Saturday. South Carolina and George Washington play in the consolation game later Sunday.

In other Top 25 action Sunday, No. 10 Kentucky plays VMI, No. 11 Michigan State faces Tennessee Tech and No. 12 Kansas State takes on Pennsylvania in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

ATP FINALS

Bryan, Sock save match point to win ATP Finals doubles title

LONDON (AP) — American pair Mike Bryan and Jack Sock saved a match point in the deciding tiebreaker to beat Pierre-Hughes Herbert and Nicolas Mahut 5-7, 6-1, 13-11 for their first ATP Finals doubles title together on Sunday.

Having failed to take advantage of five championship points during the first-to-10 match tiebreaker, Bryan and Sock then had to save one against their French opponents before finally closing out victory at the O2 Arena.

The 40-year-old Bryan has now won the season-ending tournament five times. He won four times with his usual partner and brother Bob, who has been out with an injured hip since May.

Sock and Bryan have dominated since teaming up, winning Wimbledon and the U.S. Open before finishing their season in style in London.

NASCAR-HOMESTEAD

NASCAR to crown Cup Series champion at season finale

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR’s Cup Series champion will be decided Sunday when title contenders Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and Martin Truex Jr. take the green flag at the season finale.

The highest finisher among the four at Homestead-Miami Speedway will earn the trophy. The other 36 drivers in the 40-car field are likely to stay mostly out of the way.

Busch is the 2015 champion and has momentum from winning last week at Phoenix. He also has the most coveted pit stall thanks to a controversial decision on Saturday.

Harvick is the 2014 champion and eked into the finale after getting stripped of a victory and an automatic berth two weeks ago at Texas because of an illegal part. Logano is seeking his first title after finishing as runner-up in 2016. Truex is the defending Cup Series champion whose Furniture Row Racing team is shutting down after the race. Truex is moving to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2019.

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