Ex-Harvard coach Restic dead at 85
Former Harvard coach Joe Restic died Thursday at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston. He was 85. Restic took over the Crimson in 1971, leading the school to five Ivy League championships and a 117-97-6 record in 23 years. He served as president of the American Football Coaches Association in 1988, and also coached collegiately at Brown and Colgate as an assistant. He was named AFCA District 1 Kodak Coach of the Year in 1975. Restic coached in six all-star games, serving as head coach in the East-West Shrine Game and the Blue-Gray Classic. A three-time Eastern Coach of the Year honoree, Restic also coached in the Canadian Football League with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, leading the team to six Grey Cup appearances.
Sumlin gets Texas A&M coaching job
Texas A&M hired Houston’s Kevin Sumlin as its new coach, replacing the fired Mike Sherman. Sumlin was an assistant at A&M under R.C. Slocum in 2001-02. The Aggies (6-6) play Northwestern (6-6) in the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Houston Dec. 31, with A&M defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter serving as interim coach. Houston (12-1) plays Penn State (9-3) in the TicketCity Bowl in Dallas Jan. 2, with assistant Tony Levine serving as interim head coach . . . Veteran NFL coach Jim Mora was hired as UCLA coach, replacing Rick Neuheisel. Mora was the coach of the Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks, going 31-33 over four seasons. The son of longtime NFL coach Jim Mora is a former University of Washington defensive back who had only one season of college coaching experience at his alma mater in 1984 before beginning a 25-year career in the NFL.
Donald closes in on the lead at Dubai
Top-ranked Luke Donald is on the verge of becoming the first golfer to win the European and American money titles, shooting a 6-under-par 66 in the third round at the Dubai World Championship to trail leader Alvaro Quiros by four strokes. While Donald climbed the leaderboard, Rory McIlroy headed the other way to all but end his chances of overtaking the Englishman for the top spot on the European money list. The US Open champion had a shaky 1-under 71 to drop into a tie for eighth. McIlroy needs to win the tournament and Donald needs to finish outside the top nine for any chance of overtaking him for the European money title. Donald, who wrapped up the American money title this year, is fourth. The big-hitting Quiros shot a 70 to total 14-under 202. He leads Paul Lawrie (66) by two strokes, while 2010 British Open winner Louis Oosthuizien (66) is another shot back . . . PGA champion Keegan Bradley and Brendan Steele shot a 10-under 62 in better-ball play to take a one-stroke lead over Mark Calcavecchia and Nick Price at the Franklin Templeton Shootout in Naples, Fla. Bradley, from Hopkinton, and Steele had a 19-under 125 total.
Chan takes 2d straight ISU Grand Prix
Canada’s Patrick Chan won his second consecutive ISU Grand Prix Final figure skating title in Quebec City, and Italy’s Carolina Kostner won the women’s event. Japan’s Daisuke Takahashi finished second, Spain’s Javier Fernandez third. Kostner topped a field that was missing two-time world champion Mao Asada, who returned to Japan Thursday after learning her mother was seriously ill. Her mother died before she could arrive. Japan’s Akiko Suzukiwon the silver, and Russia’s Alena Leonova took bronze . . . Norway’s Jan Schmid defeated Olympic and world champion Jason Lamy Chappuis at a Nordic combined World Cup event in Ramsau, Austria, for his first career victory . . . Two-time Olympic biathlon champion Emil Hegle Svendsen edged Tarjei Boe by 0.1 seconds at a World Cup 12.5-kilometer pursuit for a Norwegian 1-2 finish in Hochfilzen, Austria . . . Canada’s Mellisa Hollingsworth won a World Cup skeleton race in La Plagne, France, and Americans Annie O’Shea and Katie Uhlaender took the silver and bronze medals . . . Germany’s Thomas Florschuetz and Kevin Kuske won a World Cup two-man bobsled event in La Plagne, France, edging Steven Holcomb and Steve Langton of the United States.
Cardinals, Furcal agree to two-year deal
According to multiple reports, the Cardinals reached agreement with shortstop Rafael Furcal on a two-year deal worth about $14 million. St. Louis acquired Furcal from the Dodgers in July . . . Oilers defenseman Andy Sutton was suspended without pay by the NHL for eight games for charging Carolina’s Alexei Ponikarovsky Wednesday. The suspension will cost Sutton $207,317 . . . Light heavyweight champion Jon Jones survived a challenging first round to choke out former champion Lyoto Machida in the second round of UFC 140 in Toronto. In the co-main event, former heavyweight champ Frank Mir rallied to submit Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in the first round . . . A day after ESPN reported that two former basketball players accused ex-AAU president Robert Dodd of molesting them as children, acting AAU president Louis Stout said his organization has started an independent internal investigation.