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Sports in Brief | Navy football coach accepts job at Ga. Tech

Navy football coach Paul Johnson, unbeaten in six games against Army, was hired yesterday to replace Chan Gailey at Georgia Tech.

Navy football coach

Paul Johnson

, unbeaten in six games against Army, was hired yesterday to replace

Chan Gailey

at Georgia Tech.

Gailey had six consecutive winning seasons at Tech but was 0-6 against Georgia.

Johnson, the former Georgia Southern coach, said he would not coach Navy in its Dec. 20 Poinsettia Bowl against Utah in San Diego. Johnson was 45-29 at Navy, which was 8-4 this season and beat Notre Dame for the first time in 44 years.

Oklahoma State football coach

Mike Gundy's

one-year contract extension through 2013 was approved unanimously by the Oklahoma A&M Board of Regents.

Greg Schiano

said he will stay at Rutgers and has removed his name from consideration at Michigan. Schiano met Tuesday with Michigan athletic director

Bill Martin

in New York City.

Penn State assistant

Brian Norwood

was named defensive coordinator at Baylor, coach

Art Briles

announced. Norwood spent the last seven season as the safeties coach under

Joe Paterno.

During Norwood's tenure, the Nittany Lions twice led the Big Ten in passing efficiency defense and finished No. 4 in the country once.

Texas A&M regents approved a contract buyout for former football coach

Dennis Franchione

worth up to $4.4 million. Franchione resigned Nov. 23, and was replaced by

Mike Sherman

, an assistant with the Houston Texans.

Amanda DaCosta

scored the winning goal in the 72d minute to help Florida State reach its first NCAA Women's College Cup final with a 3-2 win over Notre Dame in College Station, Texas.

Amy Rodriguez

scored her second goal with 16 minutes left as Southern Cal upset UCLA, 2-1, in the second game.

Florida State and USC will meet tomorrow.

Arizona basketball coach

Lute Olson

has filed for divorce although his wife,

Christine Olson,

says she remains committed to the marriage.

The 73-year-old Hall of Fame coach filed a divorce petition in Pima County Superior Court on Thursday, the same day he announced he would extend his leave from the team through the end of the season.


Syracuse hired former Minnesota offensive coordinator

Mitch Browning

to replace the fired

Brian White. . . .

Tennessee football coach

Phillip Fulmer

will receive aan upspecified raise and one-year contract extension through 2012, the university said.


The wife of golfer

Tiger Woods

won $183,250 and an apology from an Irish magazine that published an abusive article and a faked nude photo of her.

Trevor White

, publisher of The Dubliner, conceded that the article - published in September 2006 when Ireland was hosting the Ryder Cup - "was cheap, tasteless, and deliberately offensive. It was also completely untrue."

Elin Nordegren Woods

said she would donate the money to a cancer charity in honor of

Heather Clarke

, the wife of Northern Ireland golfer

Darren Clarke

. She died of cancer before the Ryder Cup.

South Africa's

Omar Sandys

shot his second consecutive 4-under-par 68 to lead by 2 strokes after the second round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship at the Leopard Creek Country Club in Malelane, South Africa.

Woody Austin


Mark Calcavecchia

shot an 8-under 64 in modified alternate-shot play for a share of the first-round lead with

Fred Funk


Jeff Sluman

in the Merrill Lynch Shootout.

Tournament host

Greg Norman


Bubba Watson

were a stroke back, and defending champions

Jerry Kelly


Rod Pampling

opened with a 66 on the Tiburon Golf Club course in Naples, Fla.


Six-time English champion jockey

Kieren Fallon

was cleared of race-fixing charges, after a London judge threw out the case for lack of evidence.