Temple’s Al Golden agrees to take over as Miami football coach

The University of Miami’s two-week coaching search has ended: Al Golden will be the Hurricanes’ next football coach.

Golden, 41, and Miami reached an agreement Sunday for the Temple coach to replace Randy Shannon, who was fired Nov. 27, a high-level school source with knowledge of the situation told the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

According to the source, details of the contract still needed to be finalized as of early Sunday night.

Another source told the Associated Press that it’s believed the deal will be for at least four years and is worth up to $8 million.


Golden is 27-33 in five seasons at Temple. He resurrected a program that went 3-31 in the three seasons before his arrival.

Urban Meyer is walking away from Florida because of health concerns, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

Meyer has a recurring burning sensation in his chest that doctors told him last week would raise cardiovascular risk factors if he continued to coach, the person told the Associated Press. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because Meyer’s health issues are confidential.



Senior beats Ogilvy in playoff

Peter Senior beat Geoff Ogilvy on the second hole of a playoff to win the Australian PGA championship Monday at Coolum, Australia.

Ogilvy, who won last week’s Australian Open, finished with a six-under-par 66 and Senior birdied the 18th for a 71. Both finished at 12-under 276.

Both players parred the first hole of the playoff, No. 18, but Ogilvy missed a par putt his second time around, giving Senior his third Australian PGA title.

Pablo Martin successfully defended his Alfred Dunhill Championship title, recovering from a late stumble for a two-under 70 in the final round and a two-shot win at Malelane, South Africa.

The Spaniard made a triple-bogey seven at No. 17, but he birdied No. 18 for an 11-under 277 at Leopard Creek Country Club, two shots ahead of Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen and South Africans Charl Schwartzel and Anthony Michael.

Martin is the first winner in the 2010-11 Race to Dubai and the first player to retain a European Tour title since Padraig Harrington won his second straight British Open championship in 2008.

Dustin Johnson and Ian Poulter won the Shark Shootout at Naples, Fla., shooting a 13-under 59 in the scramble format to beat Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell by two shots.


Aree Song won the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament at Daytona Beach, Fla., shooting a one-over 73 in wind, rain and cold for a two-stroke victory over 17-year-old Jessica Korda.


Akron wins NCAA soccer title

Scott Caldwell scored in the 78th minute to help Akron beat top-ranked Louisville, 1-0, in the NCAA Division I men’s soccer championship game at Santa Barbara. Akron won the title — its first in NCAA competition in any sport — a year after losing the College Cup final to Virginia.

Marcel Hirscher tamed the daunting Face de Bellevarde ski course at Val d’Isere, France, to win a World Cup race, edging fellow Austrian Benjamin Raich in a challenging slalom that American Bode Miller was unable to finish. Hirscher, who trailed leader Manfred Moelgg of Italy by 0.20 of a second after the first run, clocked 53.06 seconds in the afternoon to win in a combined time of 1 minute 44.70 seconds. American Ted Ligety, who won Saturday’s giant slalom in impressive fashion, finished in 25th place.

Tessa Worley of France won a women’s World Cup giant slalom on the Corviglia course at St. Moritz, Switzerland, for her second straight victory, and American Lindsey Vonn placed seventh and moved up in the overall standings. Worley had a two-run combined time of 2:10.70, beating Tanja Poutiainen of Finland by 0.01. Meanwhile, Vonn reduced the lead of Germany’s Maria Riesch, who was 19th, in the overall standings by 24 points. Julia Mancuso of the U.S. placed eighth.

Carlos Tevez said he wants to leave Manchester City because he has fallen out with officials at the Premier League club. Tevez says his relationship “with certain executives and individuals at the club has broken down and is now beyond repair.” Tevez did not identify the officials but added that he had not fallen out with team Manager Roberto Mancini even though the two exchanged angry words when Mancini took Tevez out of a game last week.

Olympic champion Shani Davis lost at 1,000 meters in the speedskating World Cup at Obihiro, Japan, ending the American’s 15-race winning streak. Samuel Schwarz of Germany won the event in 1:09.98, edging Davis by 0.17. Davis’ streak dated to March 2009, when he was beaten by U.S. teammate Trevor Marsicano. American Heather Richardson earned her second straight victory in the women’s 1,000, clocking 1:17.27 to beat Nao Kodaira of Japan by 0.50.


New Jersey Nets rookie forward Damion James is out indefinitely because of a broken right foot. Coach Avery Johnson said James broke the foot in the game against Dallas on Thursday.

The St. Louis Cardinals traded infielder Brendan Ryan to the Seattle Mariners for minor leaguer Maikel Cleto, a hard-throwing right-hander. Ryan hit .223 and had 11 steals for St. Louis last season.