The Atlantic Coast Conference threw some penalty flags of its own Sunday, suspending the officiating crew that worked the Miami-Duke game for two league contests after finding they committed "a series of errors" that allowed the Hurricanes to score a wild last-play touchdown and pull out a win.
The ACC said the crew committed four errors on that play, the most grievous being not seeing Miami running back Mark Walton's knee was down as he threw one of the eight laterals the Hurricanes used on their desperate kickoff return. If that was noticed, Duke would have prevailed since no time was left on the clock.
Per league rule, the outcome — Miami 30, Duke 27 — cannot be overturned.
In addition to not seeing that Walton was down, the ACC said the crew also missed a block in the back, erred in how they waved off an erroneous penalty call and should have penalized Miami's Rashawn Scott for running from the sideline onto the field in celebration before the play was over. None of those three events would have ended the game, but had Walton been ruled down correctly, all that would have been moot.
Virginia Tech's Beamer stepping down
Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer will step down after the season, ending a 29-year run during which he turned the Hokies into one of the most consistently successful teams in the country. Beamer, 69, is the winningest active major college football coach with 277 victories. He is 235-120-2 since taking over at Virginia Tech in 1987.
While Beamer gave no public indication he was planning to step down, the decision announced Sunday by the school comes as no surprise. The Hokies have slipped in recent seasons and are 4-5 this year after beating Boston College on Saturday.
Norm Chow was fired as Hawaii's football coach Sunday, a day after the Rainbow Warriors dropped to 2-7 with a 58-7 home loss to Air Force. Chris Naeole will finish the season as interim head coach. Chow was 10-36 in four seasons at Hawaii. The Rainbow Warriors are 0-5 this season in the Mountain West.
Missouri suspended junior quarterback Maty Mauk for the rest of the season Sunday for disciplinary reasons, just six days after reinstating him. Mauk's status will be evaluated at the end of the season. The first suspension was for a violation of program policies.
Brown leads volleyball Cats past LSU
Behind a dominating third set performance that was highlighted by seven blocks from sophomore Kaz Brown, the 20th-ranked Kentucky volleyball team earned a 3-1 (25-18, 22-25, 25-12, 25-12) win over visiting Louisiana State on Sunday. Brown finished the match with a team-high 16 kills on a blistering .682 hitting clip. She also had nine blocks.
Noah Hutchens scored from 20 yards out in the second overtime to lift the UK men's soccer team past host Charlotte 2-1 on Saturday night. It was his third goal of the season. The dramatic victory clinched at least a share of the Conference USA regular-season championship for Kentucky
The Kentucky men's tennis team captured the top four trophies at the Louisville Invitational. Junior Nils Ellefsen and senior Kevin Lai took the "A" and "B" singles flights titles, respectively, before pairing up to earn the "A" doubles championship. Sophomore Jake Stefanik and freshman Austin Hussey paired up for the "B" doubles crown.
Thomas wins his first PGA event by 1 shot
Justin Thomas overcame a double bogey on the 14th and some nervous moments on the final hole Sunday to win the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur for his first PGA Tour title. The 22-year-old American holed a 6-foot par putt on the par-5 18th for a one-stroke victory over Australian star Adam Scott. Thomas shot a 6-under 66 for a tournament-record 26-under 262 total at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. He had a course-record 61 in the second round.
Thomas hit into the water at 14 en route to the double bogey, the rallied with three consecutive birdies to take the outright lead. Scott, playing two groups ahead, had an eagle and seven birdies in his closing 63.
Sei Young Kim made a 6-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th for a one-stroke victory in the Blue Bay LPGA tournament in Hainan Island, China. The 22-year-old South Korean player won for the third time in her rookie season on the LPGA Tour, closing with a 2-under 70 at difficult Jian Lake Blue Bay for a 2-under 286 total.
Third-ranked Stacy Lewis, fellow American Kim Kaufman and Taiwan's Candie Kung finished a stroke back.
Duffy Waldorf won the Toshiba Classic for his first Champions Tour title, birdieing the final hole for a 5-under 66 and a two-stroke victory. A day after matching the Newport Beach Country Club record with an 11-under 60, the 53-year-old former UCLA player had 10 birdies, five bogeys and only three pars in the final round.
France's Victor Dubuisson won the Turkish Airlines Open for the second time in three years, shooting a 6-under 6 for a one-stroke victory over South Africa's Jaco van Zyl. Dubuisson birdied three of the last four holes to finish at 22-under 266 at The Montgomerie Maxx Royal in Antalya, Turkey.
Two Kenyans win New York Marathon
Kenya's Stanley Biwott and Mary Keitany swept the titles at the New York City Marathon on Sunday. Keitany became the first woman to repeat since Paula Radcliffe in 2008.
Biwott won his first major marathon after placing second in London last year. He finished in 2 hours, 10 minutes, 34 seconds, beating countryman Geoffrey Kamworor by 14 seconds. Reigning Boston Marathon winner Lelisa Desisa was third and defending New York champion was Wilson Kipsang fourth.
Keitany finished in 2:24:25, beating Ethiopia's Aselefech Mergia by 67 seconds for the largest margin of victory since Radcliffe's 2008 title. She pulled away about the 21-mile mark to become the eighth woman to win more than once in New York.
Patterson scores 16 points for Raptors
Patrick Patterson, a former Kentucky star, came off the bench to hit 6 of 9 shots for 16 points to help the host Toronto Raptors rout the Milwaukee Bucks 106-87 in an NBA game.
Simone Biles set the record by a female for career gold medals at the world gymnastics championships in Glasgow, Scotland by winning the balance beam and floor exercise. The 18-year-old American now has 10 golds in all, breaking the mark held by Svetlana Khorkina, Gina Gogean and Larisa Latynina.
The two golds gave Biles 14 total medals, most ever for an American woman. She has won four gold medals at each of the last two world championships, more than any other country during that span.
The last word
The ACC suspended the officials after several mistakes on the last play of Miami's victory over Duke on Saturday, but that means little to Duke Coach David Cutcliffe, who said:
"Unfortunately, there is no mechanism that I know of in place to reverse an outcome of a game. I do believe that there should be. ... What instant replay is in place for is to get it right. And we did not get it right."