UCLA coach

Karl Dorrell

was fired yesterday, one day after the Bruins accepted a bowl bid and two days after a loss to rival Southern California.

Dorrell was let go despite leading the Bruins to a postseason game in each of his five seasons. The 43-year-old had a 35-27 record. The Bruins (6-6) will play BYU (10-2) in the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 22, with defensive coordinator

DeWayne Walker

as interim coach.

Dorrell's firing leaves five black coaches in 119 major-college positions.

More bowl-bound Division I teams are meeting the NCAA's minimum academic standards than last year, according to a study by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida.

It found that of the 64 bowl teams, 73 percent earned Academic Progress Rate scores of above 925, which means they would not be subject to NCAA penalties. In 2006, 63 percent met the cutoff that measures athletes' progress toward graduation.

LSU defensive tackle

Glenn Dorsey

beat out Ohio State linebacker

James Laurinaitis

to win the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, awarded to the nation's top defensive player by the Charlotte Touchdown Club.

Elsewhere:

Running back

Danny Woodhead

of Chadron State, college football's career rushing leader, leads the finalists for the Harlon Hill Trophy given to the top player in Division II. . . . Hawaii quarterback

Colt Brennan

earned his second straight Western Athletic Conference award for offensive player of the year.

Baseball

Two days after naming its mascot "PorkChop," the Phillies' new triple-A affiliate abruptly dropped the moniker after receiving complaints from Hispanics that it was offensive.

The Lehigh Valley IronPigs, whose mascot is a large, furry pig, had selected PorkChop from more than 7,300 fan submissions. The team, which begins play in 2008, announced that the mascot will be named "Ferrous" instead.

Lefthander

Andy Pettitte

said he will return to the New York Yankees. Pettitte had declined a $16 million option last month, saying he needed more time to consider retirement.

The Yankees also finalized a two-year, $4 million deal with catcher

Jose Molina

.

Elsewhere:

Tampa Bay traded outfielder

Elijah Dukes

to Washington for minor-league pitcher

Glenn Gibson.

. . . The Chicago White Sox obtained outfielder

Carlos Quentin

from Arizona for minor-league first baseman

Chris Carter.

Golf

Tom Carter

of Jupiter, Fla., a former Temple star and onetime Philadelphia Amateur champion, shot his sixth consecutive subpar round but fell 4 strokes short of gaining a PGA Tour card for 2008 at the tour's qualifying tournament at Winter Garden, Fla.

Jon Rusk

of Washington Crossing, another former Owl, carded a 76 and finished in a tie for 100th place at 4-under 428.

Lisa Strom Fernandes,

a former state high school champion from Lansdale Catholic, finished in a tie for 39th at the LPGA Tour's final qualifying tournament in Daytona Beach, Fla. She will have conditional exempt status next year.

Noteworthy

A mixed martial arts fighter has died in a Houston hospice about six weeks after he was injured in a sanctioned bout, a rare fatality for the sport.

Sam Vasquez,

35, of Houston, was injured Oct. 20 and died Friday, the Harris County Medical Examiner's Office said.