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Weekend Sports in Brief

November 12, 2018

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

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. 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.”

Louisville (2-8) 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.

BASKETBALL

Jimmy Butler is headed to Philadelphia, ending the weeks-long saga of him wanting out of Minnesota.

A person with knowledge of the situation says Butler is being traded to the 76ers in a package that will send Dario Saric and Robert Covington to the Timberwolves. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday because the trade had not yet been announced by either team and was still pending NBA approval.

The Athletic first reported the agreement.

The trade will give Philadelphia a star trio, with Butler joining Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.

Butler told the Timberwolves in September he wanted to be traded, and it took weeks for the team to find a deal it would accept. Butler averaged 21.3 points in 10 games for Minnesota this season.

MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade says he is going to miss at least another week before returning to the Miami Heat, while ensuring that his wife and newborn daughter are doing well enough for him to resume playing.

Wade and his wife, actress Gabrielle Union-Wade, became parents of a daughter born via a surrogate on Wednesday.

The couple and the baby are now at home in Los Angeles. The baby, whose name has not been publicly announced, was born about three weeks early. In an interview Sunday with The Associated Press, Wade says that this bonding time with his first daughter “is the most important thing for me in my life at this time.”

Wade will miss, at minimum, four games this coming week. He has also missed Miami’s last three contests

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is denying a report that says Carmelo Anthony’s time with the team with end soon.

Anthony, who was out for the second straight game on Sunday night with an illness, is in his first season with the Rockets after one year in Oklahoma City.

The New York Times had a sourced report on Sunday saying that Anthony has been notified that he will soon be waived. When asked about that report before Sunday night’s game, Morey said: “that’s inaccurate.”

BEIJING (AP) — Former BYU star Jimmer Fredette scored 75 points in a Chinese Basketball Association game Sunday, the last 40 in the fourth quarter of the Shanghai Sharks’ 137-136 loss to the Beikong Fly Dragons.

Fredette was 24 of 34 from the field, going 7 of 10 from 3-point range, made 20 for 21 free throws and had eight rebounds, seven assists and four steals in 43 minutes. He set a league record with the 40-point fourth quarter.

Fredette is in his third season in China.

NFL

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A fan reaching for a free T-shirt is in critical but stable condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center after losing his balance and falling through the awning that covers the tunnel to the Tennessee Titans’ locker room.

Metro Nashville Police say Thomas Carrico Jr., 37, of Goodlettesville received medical attention at Nissan Stadium on Sunday before being taken to the hospital.

The Tennessean reported a witness saw a T-shirt land on the awning over the tunnel during the third quarter of the Titans’ 34-10 win over New England when cheerleaders were tossing out shirts during a timeout.

The Titans confirmed the fall in a statement.

GOLF

PHOENIX (AP) — Vijay Singh rallied from six shots behind Sunday with a 10-under 61 to win the Charles Schwab Cup Championship and deny Scott McCarron the $1 million annuity.

Singh’s victory made Bernhard Langer a winner, too.

Langer, who tied for 13th, captured the Schwab Cup and its $1 million bonus for the fifth time, and fourth time in the last four years.

Singh, who finished at 22-under 262, won for the third time this year and finished No. 4 in the Schwab Cup.

COLLEGES

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Wildfires affecting the Pepperdine campus have forced the university to relocate or reschedule several sporting events that were to be played as home games.

The Malibu campus will be closed through the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

The women’s basketball game against UC Irvine on Friday will be rescheduled.

The men’s water polo team was to host the Golden Coast Conference championships Friday through Sunday. The conference will announce updated plans.

The women’s volleyball team was set to host its last three regular-season matches against Gonzaga on Thursday, Portland on Saturday and San Diego on Nov. 20. The schools and the West Coast Conference will come up with alternate plans.

AUTO RACING

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Jeffrey Earnhardt has landed a nine-race Xfinity Series deal with Joe Gibbs Racing for next season beginning at Daytona.

Earnhardt will drive the No. 18 Toyota, undoubtedly the best car he’ll have raced to date in his NASCAR career. JGR has more than 150 victories in the Xfinty Series.

Earnhardt is the 29-year-old grandson of the late Dale Earnhardt. His father is Earnhardt’s eldest child, Kerry.

Earnhardt has 151 starts across NASCAR’s three national series but never with competitive race teams. But his new deal with JGR is similar to one Ryan Preece made. Preece got a shot with JGR and won two races. That developed into a full-time Cup ride in 2019 with JTG-Daugherty Racing.

TENNIS

PRAGUE (AP) — Former French Open finalist Lucie Safarova will retire after the Australian Open in January due to health concerns and will not play in any tournaments before then.

The 31-year-old Safarova announced her decision on Saturday in Prague ahead of the start of the Fed Cup final between the Czech Republic and defending champion United States.

Safarova helped the Czechs win four Fed Cup titles but is not in the current team.

Safarova said her decision was forced by health problems that have marred her career in recent years. She will play the singles and doubles in Melbourne.

She won seven WTA singles titles and 15 doubles titles, including five Grand Slams with American Bethanie Mattek-Sands. Safarova reached her highest singles ranking, No. 5, in 2015, and was top-ranked in the doubles in 2017.

BOXING

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Undisputed world cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk successfully defended his four belts and likely sent Tony Bellew into retirement by knocking out the British fighter in the eighth round in Manchester on Saturday.

Usyk sent the 35-year-old Bellew to the canvas following a combination that ended with a looping left. The referee got to a count of six before calling off the fight.

It was the Ukrainian fighter’s 16th straight win as a professional and his first defense since becoming the unified champion. He could now move up to heavyweight.

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