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AP source: RP Harris to join with Nats after losing Game 7
UNDATED (AP) – Relief pitcher Will Harris is joining the Washington Nationals after they beat him in Game 7 of the World Series against the Houston Astros. A person with direct knowledge of the day says Harris and the Nationals have agreed to a $24 million, three-year contract.
The 35-year-old Harris dominated with Houston for much of the postseason, starting October with nine consecutive scoreless innings. The Nationals finally got to him late in the World Series, and Harris allowed Howie Kendrick’s go-ahead home run in Game 7. Washington went on to win its first World Series. Harris was stuck with the loss.
The right-hander had a 1.50 ERA in 68 games for the Astros last season. He had been with Houston since 2015 and was an All-Star in 2016.
Harris will try to bolster a bullpen that was among the worst in baseball last season. Nationals relievers blew 29 saves and had a 5.68 ERA, both worst in the NL. Harris is likely to slot behind left-hander Sean Doolittle as the team’s top setup man.
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Ohio faces off with Nevada in Idaho Potato Bowl
BOISE, Idaho (AP) – There is one bowl game on the Friday schedule. Ohio and Nevada will meet for the first time in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
Ohio is looking for its third straight bowl game victory and would become just the third team from the Mid-American Conference to accomplish that feat with a win. Nevada is seeking consecutive bowl wins after winning the Arizona Bowl a year ago.
Ohio is led by its offense. The Bobcats were 20th nationally in scoring, averaging more than 34 points per game. Nevada’s defense played well at times but allowed 28 and 33 points in its final two games of the regular season.
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AP sources: Mississippi State fires Moorhead after 2 seasons
UNDATED (AP) – Two people with knowledge of the situation say Mississippi State has fired coach Joe Moorhead after just two seasons.
They spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because an announcement had not yet been made by the school. A meeting was scheduled Friday with Moorhead and athletic director John Cohen.
The dismissal was first reported by the online sports network Stadium.
The Bulldogs went 14-12 under Moorhead, who was previously the offensive coordinator at Penn State. He was hired after the 2017 season when Dan Mullen left Mississippi State for Florida.
Mississippi State’s coaching change will be the 18th in FBS this season, fourth in the Southeastern Conference and third in the SEC West. All the previous openings were filled before the start of the early national signing period for high school recruits on Dec. 18.
Moorhead is the third Power Five conference coach to be fired since November after only two seasons in the job, joining Florida State’s Willie Taggart and Arkansas’ Chad Morris.
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UNC guard Harris needs surgery for torn ACL in right knee
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina freshman Anthony Harris will have surgery next week for a torn knee ligament suffered in Monday’s win against Yale.
The school said Friday that Harris has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. It came a little more than a year after he tore his left ACL, causing him to miss the rest of his senior season of high school along with his first eight games at UNC in a long recovery.
Harris had appeared in five games with the Tar Heels, averaging 7.5 points in the last four. That included 14 second-half points against UCLA on Dec. 21.
UNC coach Roy Williams called it “one of the most heartbreaking injuries one of my team has ever dealt with.”
Kyrgios serves up funds for Australia at debut of ATP Cup
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) – Nick Kyrgios (KEER’-ee-ohs) served 20 aces in a win that cost him $4,000 in local currency and helped set up Australia’s opening ATP Cup win over Germany.
It was all for a cause. Kyrgios, so often considered the bad boy of tennis for his emotional behavior and outbursts, promised to donate 200 Australian dollars – $140 U.S. – for every ace he serves this month to go toward the recovery effort from the wildfires that have devastated large parts of Australia, leaving at least 19 people dead and 1,400 homes destroyed.
Kyrgios devised the cash for aces idea earlier in the week, and inspired other fundraising efforts from other players and from organizers of the ATP Cup and the Australian Open. He said he was lifted by the crowd, and motivated by the plight of people struggling in parts of the country impacted by the fires, including his hometown of Canberra (KAN’-behr-uh). A tournament had to be relocated from the Australian capital to Victoria state earlier Friday because of the proximity of the fires.
Canada registered the first victory of the new international team tournament, and the United States went down in the first major upset despite being one point from clinching a win over Norway.
The 24-team tournament has kicked off the men’s tennis season for 2020 with matches in Brisbane (BRIHZ’-bihn), Sydney and Perth.
Russia responds to track and field doping forgery charges
MONACO (AP) – Russia has responded to charges that leading track officials in the country helped forge documents to give an athlete an alibi for missing doping tests.
The Athletics Integrity Unit, which oversees disciplinary issues in track and field, said it received the response on Thursday.
The AIU had given Russia an extension from the original deadline of Dec. 12 in the case, which has already led to the resignation of the national track federation’s president and could impact the country’s ability to compete in the sport at the Olympics in Tokyo.
Neither the AIU nor the federation have said exactly what the response contains.
The case is not linked to Russia’s alleged doctoring of doping data handed over to the World Anti-Doping Agency in January. WADA has banned Russia’s name and flag from major sports competitions in that case, which is the latest in a string of doping-related scandals for the country.