Mike Stoops fired at Oklahoma
Oklahoma has fired defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, multiple media outlets reported Sunday night.
Stoops is a Cardinal Mooney graduate and the younger brother of former Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops.
Mike Stoops was hired by his younger brother in 2012 after he was previously fired as the head coach of Arizona. He has also held assistant coaching roles at Kansas State and Iowa.
Oklahoma (5-1, 2-1 Big 12) ranks eighth out of 10 teams in total defense in the Big 12, giving up an average 421.2 yards per game.
Lloyd’s hat trick leads U.S. past Panama
Carli Lloyd scored three goals and the United States beat Panama 5-0 on Sunday in the group stage of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying tournament.
Christen Press added a goal and two assists for the U.S. team, which led 4-0 at halftime.
The United States struck for three goals in a span of less than 10 minutes midway through the first half to break it open.
Lloyd, who had her eighth international hat trick, scored twice during that stretch. Among her goals was a highlight-worthy effort in the 29th minute in which she eluded three defenders while working her way from left to right in the penalty area.
The score would have been even more lopsided if not for several acrobatic saves by 17-year-old Panama goalkeeper Yenith Bailey.
The United States improved to 2-0 in Group A play of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship, an eight-team tournament that decides the region’s three spots in the World Cup next year in France. A fourth team will earn the right to a playoff against Argentina for a spot.
College football’s winningest coach dies
John Gagliardi, who won more games than any other college football coach with his unconventional methods at a small Minnesota school, has died. He was 91.
St. John’s University says Gagliardi (pronounced guh-LAHR’-dee) died Sunday morning. A cause of death was not immediately known.
Gagliardi retired in 2012 after a record 64 seasons as a head coach, with 60 of those at St. John’s, an all-male Catholic school in Collegeville, Minnesota, that competes at the NCAA’s non-scholarship Division III level.
Gagliardi finished with 489 wins, 138 losses and 11 ties, winning four national championships with the Johnnies. He drew national attention to a school with fewer than 2,000 students for his laid-back approaches to the sport like short practices and a policy of not cutting any players from the roster.
Saudi Arabia meddles in Egyptian soccer
Egypt’s close relations with Saudi Arabia are being tested by an uproar over alleged soccer meddling by the kingdom’s sports minster.
Turki al-Sheikh’s attempts over the last year to exert control over Al-Ahly, Egypt’s biggest team, have enraged fans and officials alike. The acrimonious fallout led al-Sheikh to purchase a rival club in a bid to challenge Al-Ahly’s supremacy, but as anger mounted he recently withdrew his investment, leaving the future of the top-tier team in doubt.
The two governments have yet to publicly comment on al-Sheikh’s intrusion into Egyptian soccer. Saudi Arabia is one of Egypt’s chief economic backers and both nations are taking part in a boycott against 2022 World Cup host nation Qatar.