Logano busts up Big 3 ... Kansas hires Les Miles ... Former soccer player Gascoigne charged with sexual assault
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Joey Logano busted up The Big Three and captured an improbable first NASCAR title by soundly beating a trio of champions. Logano won the season finale Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway to grab his first Cup championship in a season in which he barely contended until the playoffs began. The year was dominated by Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and reigning series champion Martin Truex Jr., with Logano calling the final-four field “The Big Three and Me.” But Logano kicked it into another gear to steal the title.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Former LSU coach Les Miles has been hired to lead Kansas’ downtrodden football program. Miles signed a five-year contract that will pay him $2,775,000 annually with retention bonuses of $775,000 due in November 2020 and $500,000 in November 2022. The 65-year-old Miles spent 11 years at LSU, winning a national championship in 2007, before being fired four games into the 2016 season.
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Ariya Jutanugarn (ahr-EE’-uh juh-TAN’-uh-garn) clinched the Race to the CME Globe trophy and the LPGA’s season scoring title. Jutanugarn shot a 6-under 66 in Sunday’s final round of the season-ending tour championship to claim both prizes. The Globe comes with a $1 million bonus for Jutanugarn, the No. 1-ranked women’s player who already had clinched player of the year and the money title.
LONDON (AP) — Former England midfielder Paul Gascoigne (GAS’-koyne) has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman on board a train. The 51-year-old former soccer player, who has struggled with alcohol and mental-health problems, was arrested at Durham station on Aug. 20. British Transport Police say Gascoigne “was charged via postal requisition with one count of sexual assault by touching.” Gascoigne is to appear at a nearby court on Dec. 11.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns’ coaching search isn’t quite ready to cross gender or diplomatic lines. General manager John Dorsey, who opened the possibility of hiring a woman to be Cleveland’s next coach, said Sunday that the team has not discussed former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as a candidate to become the club’s ninth coach since 1999. ESPN, citing an anonymous league source, reported that the team would like to interview Rice, an ardent Browns fan since childhood, for its coaching job.