Tuesday's Sports in Brief
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Brian Kelly's worst season at Notre Dame took an embarrassing turn as the NCAA announced that academic misconduct orchestrated by a student athletic trainer will cost the storied program all 21 victories from the 2012-13 seasons, including the 12-0 run that vaulted the Fighting Irish into the national championship game against Alabama.
It marked just the fourth time the NCAA has cited Notre Dame for a major rules violation. The vacated games include Notre Dame's 12 victories in 2012, their best regular season since winning their last national championship in 1988. The season finished with an embarrassing 42-14 loss to the Crimson Tide in the title game and the revelation that linebacker Manti Te'o had been the victim of a fake girlfriend hoax.
The school ripped the NCAA for its decision to vacate the wins and immediately said it would appeal. The Rev. John Jenkins, the university president, said the NCAA has never before vacated records in such a case.
UNDATED (AP) – Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan and Clemson held the top four spots in the College Football Playoff rankings for the second straight week and Washington moved up a spot to fifth this week.
Wisconsin is sixth in the selection committee rankings. Louisville was the team that took a big drop. The Cardinals fell from fifth to 11th after losing at Houston.
Ohio State and Michigan play Saturday in Columbus, Ohio, and the loser is likely to be out of the playoff race. The Wolverines would move on the Big Ten championship game by beating the Buckeyes. The Buckeyes, though, need help to reach the conference title game.
Unbeaten Alabama meets Auburn on Saturday, but the Crimson Tide has already clinched a spot in the SEC title game.
NEW YORK (AP) – Bruce Arena was a decade removed from the U.S. national team when he received a telephone call from U.S. Soccer Federation Secretary General Dan Flynn on Sunday asking him to meet with USSF President Sunil Gulati the following day.
By midday Tuesday, the winningest coach in the team's history regained the job he had not wanted to give up.
A day after Jurgen Klinsmann was fired following two losses that began the final round of World Cup qualifying, Arena agreed to a contract running through the 2018 tournament in Russia.
With the Americans 0-2 at this stage for the first time, the USSF wants to spark a turnaround when competition resumes March 24 with a home game against Honduras followed four days later with a match at Panama. The 65-year-old Arena, inducted into the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2010, starts work Dec. 1.
Arena first took over as national team coach after the 1998 World Cup and led the U.S. to a 71-30-29 record. Gulati fired him, failed to reach a deal with Klinsmann and then brought in Bob Bradley.
LAS VEGAS (AP) – The NHL's newest team is named the Vegas Golden Knights.
Owner Bill Foley and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the Las Vegas expansion franchise's official name and revealed its logo and colors at a gala ceremony for about 5,000 fans outside T-Mobile Arena, where the Golden Knights will begin play next season.
The Golden Knights' logo is a simple front view of a fighting helmet with a conspicuous ''V'' in the middle. Their colors are steel grey, gold, red and black.
The franchise made its name announcement near an outdoor rink where young hockey players braved the 58-degree nighttime temperatures in Vegas' desert basin. The ceremony endured technical difficulties when a video presentation refused to run, prompting Foley and Bettman to kill time.
DETROIT (AP) – The Detroit Pistons have officially announced their move downtown, with owner Tom Gores appearing at a news conference with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Ilitch Holdings President and CEO Christopher Ilitch and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.
The Pistons plan to start playing at Little Caesars Arena next season, which would put all four of Detroit's major pro teams within a few blocks of each other. The new arena, which is still under construction, was already being built to house the NHL's Red Wings, who are owned by Mike and Marian Ilitch.
The Pistons' move is still subject to approval by the NBA, and formal legal agreements must be finalized. The team has played at The Palace of Auburn Hills, about 30 miles from downtown Detroit, since 1988.
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama awarded the nation's highest civilian honor to 21 groundbreaking actors, musicians, athletes and innovators who inspired him over the years and ''helped make me who I am.''
The Presidential Medal of Freedom recognizes especially meritorious contributions to the national interests of the United States, its security and its culture. Obama called the 2016 group a ''particularly impressive class.''
Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, two of the greatest basketball players ever, were also among the honorees. Obama noted how Jordan's name is synonymous with excellence.
Longtime Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully was also honored.
MASON, Mich. (AP) – A former USA Gymnastics doctor pleaded not guilty to three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in his home with a girl under 13, charges that Michigan's attorney general said are the ''tip of the iceberg'' as authorities investigate roughly 50 complaints.
Larry Nassar, who was arrested Monday while running an errand at a Lansing-area tire store, was arraigned by video from jail. He was released after 10 percent of a $1 million bond was paid, more than two months after two gymnasts – including a member of the 2000 U.S. women's Olympic team – accused him of sexual abuse during medical treatments.
A Detroit attorney also said he filed a civil lawsuit against Nassar on behalf of a Los Angeles woman who says she was sexually abused about 20 years ago during treatments when she was a 14-year-old gymnast.
It's at least the third civil suit filed against Nassar.