Penn St. hires Franklin
Penn State has hired James Franklin as its next coach.
Franklin, 41, who led Vanderbilt to bowls in all three of his seasons there, replaces Bill O’Brien, who left the Nittany Lions after two seasons to coach the NFL Houston Texans. Penn State officials made the announcement Saturday, after the school’s compensation committee approved the hiring by a 6-0 vote.
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Franklin’s six-year contract is worth $25.5 million.
“This is my dream job,” he said. “This is where I want to be.”
Franklin worked with Washington State’s tight ends as a graduate assistant in 1998. He earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from WSU.
A Pennsylvania native, Franklin said, “I grew up watching Penn State football, and now to be at the helm of such a storied program is a tremendous honor.”
Mizzou WR is arrested
Missouri sophomore Dorial Green-Beckham was arrested in Springfield, Mo., after an officer said he found about a pound of marijuana in the vehicle the 20-year-old wide receiver was in with two other men.
Green-Beckham, who led No. 5 Missouri in receptions last season with 59, and the other men were released without formal charges after their arrest, Springfield police said.
In a text message to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, John Beckham, the player’s father, wrote, “We feel very confident that the investigation will result in no charges against Dorial.”
Green-Beckham was charged in October 2012 with marijuana possession after he and two teammates were reportedly smoking pot in a campus parking lot. All three later pleaded guilty to second-degree trespassing.
Kirk leads Sony Open
Chris Kirk made a 10-foot birdie putt on No. 18 for a one-stroke lead after three rounds of the Sony Open at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu.
Kirk shot a 5-under-par 65 and was at 12-under 198 for 54 holes.
PGA Tour rookie Will Wilcox (64) and Harris English (67) were tied for second place.
Michael Putnam (68), who is from University Place, was tied for 48th at 4 under.
Austrians finish 1-2
Elisabeth Goergl beat Anna Fenninger for an Austrian 1-2 finish at a women’s World Cup downhill in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Austria, ending a two-year drought for the ski-mad nation in the sport’s fastest discipline.
Goergl, the 2011 world champion, finished the demanding 3-kilometer course in 1 minute, 47.45 seconds to deny Fenninger her first career downhill victory by 0.56 seconds.
Julia Mancuso of Squaw Valley, Calif., was 13th for her best result of the Olympic season.
Meanwhile, Felix Neureuther of Germany won a World Cup giant slalom in Adelboden, Switzerland, with a two-run time of 2:34.60. He finished 0.10 seconds ahead of first-run leader Thomas Fanara of France.
• Noriaki Kasai of Japan became the oldest winner of a ski-jump World Cup competition. The 41-year-old won a ski-flying event in Tauplitz, Austria, for his first victory since February 2004.
• The German luge duo of Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken prevailed in a World Cup event in Oberhof, Germany.
Christian Niccum of Woodinville and Jayson Terdiman of Berwick, Pa., finished a season-best ninth.
“The sled is running a lot better,” said Niccum, who was nominated last month to his third Olympic team. “I knew where our mistakes were and how we could go faster.”
• In soccer, Chelsea moved provisionally to the top of the English Premier League standings by beating Hull 2-0.
Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres scored second-half goals to seal a fourth straight victory for Chelsea, which has 46 points after 21 matches.
Arsenal, which has 45 points after 20 matches, plays Aston Villa on Monday. Manchester City, which has 44 points after 20 matches, faces Newcastle on Sunday.
• Gilberto Silva, who helped Brazil win the 2002 World Cup, and veteran Dutch player Ruud van Nistelrooy will work as studio analysts during ESPN’s World Cup soccer coverage.
• Defenseman Hampus Lindholm scored two goals as the NHL-leading Anaheim Ducks beat host Phoenix 5-3.
The Ducks won for the 16th time in their last 17 games.
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