Louisiana Tech officials said they’ve hired former UConn coach Skip Holtz as their football coach. Holtz replaces Sonny Dykes, who left to accept the same job at California last week. The 48-year-old Holtz is the son of Hall of Fame coach Lou Holtz. The younger Holtz most recently coached at South Florida, which fired him this month following a 3-9 season. Holtz led UConn to a 34-23 record from 1994-98 . . . New York Giants assistant offensive line coach Matt Rhule was offered the head coaching position at Temple, a person familiar with the decision said . . . Indiana State hired Mike Sanford as its football coach. Sanford spent this season as an assistant coach at Utah State . . . North Carolina sophomore tailback Gio Bernard is entering the NFL draft . . . Kevin Burke led two second-half touchdown drives and Mount Union ended a three-year losing streak in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl with a 28-10 victory over St. Thomas of Minnesota in Salem, Va., for the Division 3 championship . . . In Fargo, N.D., Brock Jensen scored on a 5-yard quarterback draw with three minutes left to rally North Dakota State to a 23-20 victory over Georgia Southern in the FCS semifinals . . . In men’s basketball, Army (5-5) trounced Maine, 96-67, at West Point. The Black Bears (3-7) got 18 points from Justin Edwards . . . Northwestern lost its second-leading scorer, forward Drew Crawford, with a torn labrum in his right shoulder that will require season-ending surgery . . . Mississippi State center Wendell Lewis is expected to miss at least the next eight weeks because of a broken right kneecap . . . UMass center Cady Lalanne was reinstated to the team after a reported incident with campus police. He has an ongoing conduct case still pending that is following due process . . . Quinnipiac and Monmouth accepted invitations to join the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, starting in 2013-14.
Rubio may return on Saturday night
Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman said guard Ricky Rubio worked out in Minnesota and is ‘‘very close’’ to returning from torn left knee ligaments that have sidelined him since March. Rubio might be ready for Saturday night’s game in Dallas . . . Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters is expected to return from a sprained left ankle for Tuesday night’s game against Toronto . . .
Forward Andrea Bargnani offered a blunt assessment of the struggling Raptors, telling an Italian newspaper that his club is ‘‘pretty much the worst team in the NBA.’’ . . . Shawne Williams, a first-round NBA draft pick by the Pacers in 2006, was arrested on drug charges after an officer patrolling a parking lot at a suburban Memphis mall smelled marijuana coming from a Porsche.
Lochte sets world record in 200 IM
Ryan Lochte broke his world record in the 200-meter individual medley at the short-course world championships in Istanbul, then gave his gold medal to a little boy in the crowd. The Olympic star finished the eight laps in 1 minute, 49.63 seconds. In 2010 in Dubai, Lochte set the record at 1:50.08.
Ex-Bruin Jonathan has new court date
Former Bruin Stan Jonathan was issued a new court date of Jan. 11. He was to appear in a Brantford, Ontario, courtroom Friday to face a charge of criminal negligence causing death. While deer hunting Nov. 11, Jonathan shot and killed another hunter . . . Sergio Garcia birdied five of his first 12 holes in the Johor Open for a share of the lead with David Lipsky in the second round, suspended by darkness. Garcia was 9 under par overall with eight holes left . . . In Malelane, South Africa, Charl Schwartzel shot an 8-under 64, surging into a share of the second-round lead at the Alfred Dunhill Championship . . . Lara Gut won a World Cup downhill in Val D’Isere, France, while Lindsey Vonn’s bid for a fifth straight win in speed events ended in a crash. Leanne Smith of North Conway, N.H., finished second . . .
The Revolution took Galaxy forward Chad Barrett in the first round (fourth overall) and Rapids defender Hunter Freeman in the second round (23d overall) of the Re-Entry Process.