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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 1:00 am


Irish go in-house for new defensive coach

Staff, news services

Notre Dame is promoting linebackers coach Clark Lea to defensive coordinator, replacing Mike Elko, who left for Texas A&M last week.

Lea came with Elko to Notre Dame from Wake Forest a year ago. Lea also worked with Elko at Bowling Green in 2012.

The former Vanderbilt player started his coaching career at South Dakota State in 2007 and did stints at UCLA and Syracuse. This will be his first time as defensive coordinator.


Donley receives another award

Saint Francis coach Kevin Donley was named American Football Coaches Association NAIA Coach of the Year for the second straight year as his Cougars went 14-0 in 2017 and won their second consecutive national championship.


Alabama finishes season at No. 1

Alabama was voted No. 1 in the final Associated Press poll after beating Georgia in the national championship game. Unbeaten Central Florida finished sixth. Alabama received 57 of 61 first-place votes from the media panel. UCF received the other four. Notre Dame was 11th.

NFL coaching changes

The Kansas City Chiefs have promoted running backs coach Eric Bieniemy to offensive coordinator, filling the job that Matt Nagy left open when he was hired as the head coach of the Chicago Bears ... Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh has promoted linebackers coach Don Martindale to defensive coordinator ... The Panthers fired offensive coordinator Mike Shula and quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey.

Bills: No slur used during exchange

Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane says there may have been a misunderstanding of what was said on the field that led to Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue accusing Buffalo guard Richie Incognito of using “racist slurs.” Beane says the team has spoken to Incognito and confirmed that some type of exchange happened but declined to get into details.


Another accuses Nassar of assault

A University of Oklahoma gymnast says she is among more than 100 women and girls who say they are victims of sexual abuse by a now-imprisoned Michigan sports doctor. OU sophomore Maggie Nichols said in a statement Tuesday that Dr. Larry Nassar violated her innocence at the Karolyi Ranch Olympic training camp in Texas.


Concordia hires two coaches

Concordia named head coaches for the softball and boys golf teams. Brian Kurek joins the staff as the new softball coach and Dan Wert is the new boys golf coach. Kurek was head coach in girls middle school basketball and fast-pitch softball as well as multiple league boards for more than 15 years primarily in southwest Fort Wayne. He also was head softball coach at New Haven. Wert graduated from Concordia in 2012 after lettering all four years in golf. He attended IPFW and earned a degree in organizational leadership.


Blackhawks thrash Senators

Nick Schmaltz and Jonathan Toews each scored a pair of goals and Patrick Kane had a goal and four assists Tuesday as the Chicago Blackhawks routed the Ottawa Senators 8-2.


1,033 take part in First Day Hike

Brutal temperatures couldn't deter more than 1,000 people from participating in a guided First Day Hike at an Indiana state park property Jan. 1. Combined, those 1,033 hikers trekked 1,158 miles. The average high in Indiana that day was 1 degree, according to Angie Manuel, chief of interpretation for the Division of State Parks.


Shiffrin stretches win streak to 5

Mikaela Shiffrin stretched her winning streak in 2018 to five at a women's World Cup night race Tuesday. Shiffrin became the first female skier to start a calendar year with five straight wins, topping the previous best mark by Swiss standout Vreni Schneider in 1989.