Junior forward

Casey Nogueira

provided the heroics in the championship game of the Women's College Cup, scoring two second-half goals to lead North Carolina to a 2-1 victory over Notre Dame yesterday in Cary, N.C.

The Tar Heels (25-1-2) overcame the fastest goal in Notre Dame history to win their 19th women's soccer championship in the 27-year history of the tournament.

Kerri Hanks

gave Notre Dame (26-1-0) the early lead, finding the back of the net 16 seconds into the game.

East Carolina coach

Skip Holtz

said he is not close to accepting the Syracuse head football job.

Holtz called an NFL Network report that he was to be introduced as the new coach today "inaccurate." Holtz did not rule out replacing the fired

Greg Robinson

, however.

Steve Sarkisian,

Southern Cal's offensive coordinator, was named head football coach at Washington on Saturday night.

Sarkisian, 34, becomes the third-youngest head coach in college football behind Tennessee's

Lane Kiffin

and Northwestern's

Pat Fitzgerald

, both 33.

Tyrone Willingham

had previously been fired by Washington. The Huskies were 0-12 this season and 11-37 in his four years.

Stephen Field

, an assistant football coach at Miami, pulled an injured man from a smoking car after an accident Saturday.

Field was driving near the interchange of Interstate 95 and the Palmetto Expressway in South Florida when he saw a wrecked car on its side against a tree, with smoke billowing from its engine.

He smashed the windshield with a hammer and lifted the injured driver to safety while gas fumes filled the air.

The man, whose identity was not released, was treated for minor injuries at Jackson Memorial Hospital, a spokeswoman said.

Elsewhere:

Texas defensive end

Brian Orakpo

won the Bronko Nagurski Award as the top defensive lineman in college football. . . . Oklahoma quarterback

Sam Bradford

is expected back at practice within 10 days after having surgery on his left (non-throwing) hand. . . . Freshman basketball guard

Anthony Tucker,

Iowa's leading scorer, was suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules, coach

Todd Lickliter

said. He did not specify the violation. . . .

Christian Morris,

a freshman basketball player at Rutgers, has decided to transfer, head coach

Fred Hill

said.

Winter sports

Nadia Fanchini

of Italy won the season-opening super giant slalom on the women's circuit for her first World Cup victory. American

Lindsey Vonn,

the defending overall World Cup and downhill champion, was ninth in Lake Louise, Alberta.

Benjamin Raich

of Austria won the World Cup giant slalom in Beaver Creek, Colo., edging American

Ted Ligety

by one-hundredth of a second.

Noteworthy

Parker Bohn III

beat

Mike Scroggins

, 242-198, to win the title at the PBA Tour's Cheetah Championship in Cheektowaga, N.Y. The top-seeded Bohn, of Jackson, N.J., earned $25,000.

The United States won the women's under-20 World Cup, beating defending champion North Korea, 2-1, on first-half goals by

Sydney Leroux

and

Alex Morgan

in Santiago, Chile.