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LUBBOCK, Texas — Kliff Kingsbury has been fired at Texas Tech after the former record-setting Red Raiders quarterback had a losing overall record in his six seasons as their head coach. Athletic director Kirby Hocutt announced the move in a news release Sunday, a day after the Red Raiders finished their third consecutive losing season with a 35-24 loss to Baylor when they had a chance to get bowl eligible. That was their fifth straight loss after a 5-2 start this year. SENT: 150 words, photos. Will be updated.
T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL
Ohio State moved up to No. 6 in The Associated Press college football poll after trouncing rival Michigan. The Buckeyes jumped four spots and the Wolverines fell four to No. 8, but overall the rankings were relatively stable after the last weekend of the regular season. Going into next week, when each FBS conference will play a championship game, Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame are the top three for the sixth straight poll. By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 450 words, photos.
HOUSTON — When the Houston Texans take the field on Monday night against the Tennessee Titans in their first game since Robert “Bob” McNair died on Friday they’ll all carry a reminder of the team’s late owner and founder. Affixed to the back of each player’s helmet as they try to set a franchise record with their eighth straight win will be a small decal in the shape of a football with simple white block letters bearing his initials of “RCM.” By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 880 words, photos.
— WORLD CUP-US — USA Basketball has added Julian Washburn to its roster for looming FIBA World Cup qualifying games at Argentina and Uruguay. Washburn is replacing Jarnell Stokes on the 12-man roster. SENT: 130 words.
ESTERO, Fla. — No. 10 Texas faces Fordham in the championship game of the Gulf Coast Showcase, as the Longhorns look to move to 6-0 on the season. For the Rams, it’s a chance to get what would easily be one of the signature wins in their program’s history. Game begins 7:30 p.m. UPCOMING: 600 words by 10 p.m.
— BKC-RICE-WICHITA STATE — Rice plays Wichita State. Game starts at 2 p.m.
— BKC--ST. EDWARDS-STEPHEN F. AUSTIN — St. Edwards plays Stephen F. Austin. Game starts at 4:30 p.m.
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