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November 11, 2018

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-LOUISVILLE-PETRINO FIRED

Louisville fires head coach Bobby Petrino with team 2-8

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville has fired coach Bobby Petrino with two games left in a spiraling season that includes five blowout losses in which the Cardinals allowed at least 50 points.

The school announced Petrino’s dismissal Sunday morning with statement from athletic director Vince Tyra, who said he “did not have the confidence” the coach could turn things around next season. He said the change “needs to start happening now.” Tyra said a new head coach would be chosen soon to “restore our football program to national prominence.”

A news conference was scheduled for Sunday afternoon.

The 2-8 Cardinals lost 54-23 at No. 13 Syracuse on Friday night, dropping to 0-7 in Atlantic Coast Conference play.

Petrino departs with a 77-35 mark in two stints with Louisville.

NFL-SCHEDULE

Brees, Brady closing in on catching Favre on TD passing list

UNDATED (AP) — Drew Brees and Tom Brady enter Week 10 of the NFL’s schedule neck and neck in closing in on matching Brett Favre for second place on the career regular-season list.

Brees has 506 touchdowns passing, two behind Favre, as the New Orleans Saints play at Cincinnati. And Brady has 505 with his New England Patriots playing at Tennessee. Both are a little more than 30 behind Peyton Manning’s record of 539.

Brady does have chance to pass Manning on the career touchdowns passing list, including playoffs. Manning has 579, only three more than Brady.

On the other end of the quarterback matchup spectrum Sunday, the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets will feature a battle of the backups rather than far more intriguing AFC East showdown of two rookie first-round picks.

Matt Barkley is starting in place of Buffalo’s Josh Allen, who will miss his fourth straight game with a sprained throwing elbow. For New York, Josh McCown is starting in place Sam Darnold, who is sidelined by a strained right foot. Darnold was drafted third overall, four spots ahead of Allen.

TENNIS-FED CUP FINAL

Czechs beat defending champion US 3-0 in Fed Cup final

PRAGUE (AP) — Katerina Siniakova won the first reverse singles on Sunday to lead the Czech Republic to its sixth Fed Cup title in eight years.

Siniakova defeated Sofia Kenin 7-5, 5-7, 7-5 to give the Czechs an insurmountable 3-0 lead over the defending champion United States in the best-of-five final.

In a hard-fought battle that lasted more than three and a half hours, the 22-year-old Czech saved two match points as Kenin was serving for the match at 5-4 and converted her second match point on an indoor hardcourt in front of the cheering fans at the sold out O2 Arena.

On Saturday, Barbora Strycova rallied for a 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-4 victory over Kenin to put the Czechs 1-0 ahead and Siniakova doubled the advantage with a 6-3, 7-6 (2) win over Alison Riske.

FIGURE SKATING-NHK TROPHY

Americans Hawayek, Baker win ice dance gold at NHK Trophy

HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker of the United States overtook leaders Tiffani Zagorski and Jonathan Guerreiro of Russia to win the ice dance gold at NHK Trophy on Sunday.

The 2018 Four Continents champions won the free dance with 113.92 points for a total of 184.63 to move up to first place and take the first Grand Prix medal of their career after a handful of near misses.

The bronze went to Rachel Parsons and Michael Parsons of the United States.

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