men’s soccer • Andrew O’Malley and Leon Brown led Notre Dame to its first NCAA men’s soccer title, scoring in the Fighting Irish’s 2-1 victory over Maryland on Sunday at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.
Notre Dame finished the season 17-1-6 to give 68-year-old coach Bobby Clark his first title in 27 years of coaching at Dartmouth, Stanford and Notre Dame.
Patrick Mullins, the nation’s leading scorer, scored for Maryland (17-4-5). The Terrapins were trying to win their fourth national championship.
Harrison Shipp set up O’Malley’s winning goal with a perfectly placed free kick in the 60th minute. O’Malley leaped for Shipp’s kick and directed a header past goalkeeper Zack Steffen’s outstretched arms.
Brown tied it at 1-1 in the 40th minute with a tough-angle shot.
Army fires coach after loss to Navy
college football • Army fired coach Rich Ellerson on Sunday after five seasons at West Point and no victories against Navy. Ellerson was notified that he would not be retained about 24 hours after the Black Knights (3-9) finished the season with a 34-7 loss to Navy.
The 60-year-old Ellerson went 20-41 at the U.S. Military Academy and couldn’t snap the Black Knights’ losing streak against their most important rival. The Midshipmen have won 12 straight in the series.
• North Dakota State promoted defensive coordinator Chris Kleiman to head coach. The 46-year-old Kleiman replaces Craig Bohl, who is headed to Wyoming when NDSU finishes its quest toward a third straight Football Championship Subdivision title. The Bison defeated Coastal Carolina 48-14 Saturday in the FCS quarterfinals. They face New Hampshire in Friday’s semifinal game at the Fargodome.
Stadium work blocked in Brazil
soccer • A labor court in Sao Paulo halted construction in part of the World Cup stadium where a man fell 115 feet to his death while working on a roofing structure in the jungle city of Manaus, further delaying the venue that will host United States vs. Portugal and three other matches next June. Work will only restart after constructors show that all safety measures are in place at the Arena Amazonia.
From wire reports
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