College football: Boston College has threatened to fire coach Jeff Jagodzinski if he interviews today as scheduled for the head coaching vacancy with the New York Jets, ESPN.com reported, citing multiple sources. Nevertheless, Jagodzinski still plans to speak with the Jets, the Web site said. If athletic director Gene DeFilippo fires Jagodzinski, the school would promote offensive coordinator Steve Logan to head coach, sources told ESPN.com. Jagodzinski, 45, has led the Golden Eagles to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game in his first two seasons, going 11-3 in 2007 and 9-5 in 2008. His 11 wins his first season at BC were the most by a first-year coach in ACC history.
More college football: Oklahoma defensive back Dominique Franks called Florida quarterback Tim Tebow "the fourth-best quarterback in our conference." Franks' response stemmed from questions about whether Oklahoma's pass defense was better than its No. 98 national ranking (253 yards per game). "The three best quarterbacks in the country came from the Big 12," said Franks, referring to Oklahoma's Sam Bradford, Texas' Colt McCoy and Texas Tech's Graham Harrell. Florida plays Oklahoma in the Bowl Championship Series national title game Thursday in Miami.
College basketball: Health concerns kept North Carolina State women's coach Kay Yow off the bench for a fourth consecutive game yesterday, and the Wolfpack suffered a 56-55 setback at home to South Carolina. Yow, 66, is battling a recurrence of the breast cancer that she first was diagnosed with in 1987. Associate head coach Stephanie Glance again filled in for Yow. A buzzer-beating layup by Demetress Adams handed N.C. State (8-7) its first defeat in Yow's absence. The Gamecocks are 8-5. School officials say Yow's status for next week's game against No.2 North Carolina probably won't be known until later this week.
NHL: Brian Rolston scored a power-play goal 1:43 into overtime, and Scott Clemmensen made 17 saves to help the host Devils beat the Senators in overtime for their fourth win in five games and seventh in 10.
More hockey: James van Riemsdyk scored at 2:49 of overtime to give the United States a 3-2 victory over the Czech Republic in the fifth-place game in the world junior championship in Ottawa.
Horse racing: Tizfiz beat Marzelline by a nose to capture the $150,000 San Gorgonio Handicap at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. Under Agapito Delgadillo, Tizfiz ran the 1 1/8 -mile turf course in 1 minute, 49.62seconds. ... Gemswick Park won the $100,000 Old Hat Stakes, holding off even-money favorite Elusive Heat and Frolic's Dream at the wire at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla. The 3-year-old filly, ridden by John Velazquez, ran the six furlongs in 1:09.77, nosing out previously unbeaten Elusive Heat.
Skiing: With the finish and the victory literally in sight, Lindsey Vonn made a costly error. Vonn, 24, crashed just five gates before the finish on the icy Crveni Spust slalom course, losing a likely victory and the overall lead in the World Cup standings in Zagreb, Croatia. Maria Riesch finished in a combined time of 1:58.69 to win her third straight slalom and take the lead in the standings. Vonn led after the opening leg and was 0.94 of a second faster than Riesch at the second intermediate time in the final run before hitting a gate and crashing. She was not injured.
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