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Sports briefs: Dec. 1

College football

Nebraska fires head coach;Auburn sacks coordinator

Bo Pelini has been fired as Nebraska's football coach after a seven-year stint marked by his inability to restore the program to sustained national prominence and a number of embarrassing losses in big games.

Pelini extended his streak of winning at least nine games every year with a 37-34 overtime win at Iowa on Friday but he never finished a season with fewer than four losses and could not end a conference-championship drought that dates to 1999.

Pelini, whose tenure spanned Nebraska's transition from the Big 12 to Big Ten, was 66-27 and led the Cornhuskers to three league championship games.

Auburn fired defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson on Sunday, a day after giving up 55 points to rival Alabama. The Tigers gave up 539 yards to the top-ranked Crimson Tide in the highest-scoring Iron Bowl ever. They allowed an average of 483 yards and 39 points over their last six SEC games, losing four.

Alabama remained in line for a spot in the first NCAA football playoffs with a 55-44 victory. Amari Cooper led the way with 224 yards receiving and three touchdown catches as the Tide came back from a 36-27 deficit.

A missing Ohio State football player who disappeared shortly after sending a text message about his concussions was found dead Sunday, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said. The body of 22-year-old Kosta Karageorge was found near the campus after a search since he went missing Wednesday. The senior defensive tackle from Columbus had last been seen at his apartment, when his roommates said he left to go on a walk.


Pelicans waive Ex-Cat Darius Miller

The New Orleans Pelicans waived former Kentucky player Darius Miller and Patric Young, who played at Florida.

Miller played in five games, starting one, this season, averaging 0.4 points and 0.2 rebounds in 8.6 minutes per game. Selected by New Orleans in the second round of the 2012 Draft, the Mason County native has appeared in 102 games averaging 3.1 points and 1.3 rebounds in 14.3 minutes per game in his career.

Sacramento's leading scorer DeMarcus Cousins missed his second straight game because of a virus as the former UK star sat out against visiting Memphis.

Rajon Rondo's struggles at the free-throw line continued as the former UK player missed both of his foul shots and scored only two points as visiting San Antonio beat the Celtics 111-89. Rondo has made just 9 of 30 free throws all season.


UK to host Oakland in NCAA tournament

The University of Kentucky will host first- and second-round games in the NCAA volleyball tournament for the third straight year. UK, 26-5 and the No. 13 seed in the tournament, will play Oakland at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Memorial Coliseum, following a 5 p.m. matchup between Lipscomb and Ohio State. The winners play at 7 p.m. Saturday and the winner of that game moves on to the regional in Louisville. This is the 10th straight year UK has qualified for the national tournament and the team's 16th appearance overall. Eight of UK's foes from 2014 made this year's field and the Cats are 5-5 against those teams.

GolfSpieth shoots 63, wins Australian Open

Jordan Spieth shot an 8-under par 63 on Sunday to win the Australian Open by six strokes. Spieth's four-round total of 13-under 271 at the tough, windy Australian Golf Club made him the first American to win the Australian Open since Brad Faxon in 1993, when the 21-year-old Spieth was four months old.

Adam Scott shot 71 and finished fifth, nine strokes behind. Defending champion Rory McIlroy, who shot 76 Saturday, finished with a 72 and was 2-over, 15 strokes behind Spieth.

SoccerLouisville falls in NCAA tournament

Mamadou Kansaye scored on a penalty kick 23 minutes into the match and it held up as Maryland-Baltimore County beat No. 13 Louisville 1-0 in a Sweet 16 game of the NCAA tournament at Louisville. It was Kansaye's fifth goal of the season. The Cardinals, who finish the season 11-8-3, took more shots, 13-8. UMBC goalie Billy Heavner made four saves.

One man died and 11 others suffered minor injuries after a fight broke out outside Atletico Madrid's soccer stadium between its fans and those of visiting team Deportivo La Coruna. Police made several arrests. The man, identified only as a 43-year-old Deportivo fan, had to be removed from Madrid's Manzanares River and attended to by emergency services, which initially resuscitated him before transferring him to hospital where he died hours later.

Televised images showed large groups of men wielding what appeared to be metal poles, tossing chairs and firing flares on the wide pavement along the bank of the river. Images also showed at least one man falling into the water.


Calgary beats Hamilton in Grey Cup

Hamilton star Brandon Banks' 90-yard punt return for an apparent go-ahead touchdown with 35 seconds left was wiped out by an illegal block, and Calgary held off the Tiger-Cats 20-16 in the Grey Cup for the Stampeders' seventh Canadian Football League title and first since 2008.

Bo Levi Mitchell completed 25 for 34 for 334 yards for Calgary and backup Drew Tate had two 1-yard touchdown runs. Mitchell was selected the game's outstanding player.

Norway's Kjetil Jansrud won the super-G Sunday in Lake Louise, Alberta, for his second World Cup skiing victory in two days. The Olympic super-G champion finished in 1 minute 32.02 seconds. On Saturday, he won the season-opening downhill.

In women's competition, Nicole Hosp of Austria raced to her first World Cup victory since 2008 with a powerful final slalom run in Aspen. American Mikaela Shiffrin led going into the final run, but struggled and finished fifth, 1.08 seconds behind Hosp.

Volvo Ocean Race officials say nine crewmen from Team Vestas Wind have been rescued after abandoning their 65-foot racing sloop that ran aground on a reef off Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. The sailors will stay on the remote Ile du Sud, where there is a house and some facilities. There are no injuries.Danish-backed Team Vestas Wind is making plans to get the crew off the island and salvage the sloop.

The last word

Janay Rice says NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wasn't being honest when he said Ray Rice was "ambiguous" about hitting her in a casino elevator.

"I know for a fact ... that Ray told the honest truth that he's been telling from February," Janay Rice told NBC's Today show in an interview that will be broadcast Monday and Tuesday.

As for Goodell, she said: "I can't say he's telling the truth."

An arbitrator Friday threw out Ray Rice's indefinite suspension, calling Goodell's decision in September to change Rice's original suspension from two games to indefinite "arbitrary" and an "abuse of discretion."

Janay Rice also said she was furious with Ray but never considered leaving him.

"Of course, in the back of my mind and in my heart I knew that our relationship wouldn't be over because I know that this isn't us, and it's not him."