National Sports Briefs

  • Posted: Friday, December 14, 2012 11:38 p.m.

BOONE— Appalachian State has given interim coach Scott Satterfield the permanent job.

The school announced Friday that Satterfield was chosen as the replacement for Jerry Moore.


Satterfield has spent 17 of the past 22 years at the school as either a player or assistant. He was a quarterback for the Mountaineers from 1992-95 and as a senior led them to the only unbeaten and untied season in school history.

Satterfield was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach this season. He was put in charge of the program on an interim basis earlier this month, when it was announced that Moore would not return for a 25th season.

Moore led Appalachian State to three national titles from 2005-07 and a memorable upset of then-No. 5 Michigan in 2007.

• FARGO, N.D. — Brock Jensen scored on a 5-yard quarterback draw with 3 minutes left to rally North Dakota State to a 23-20 victory over Georgia Southern Friday night in the FCS semifinals.

The defending champion Bison (13-1) advanced to the championship game Jan. 5 in Frisco, Texas, against the winner of Saturday’s semifinal between Sam Houston State and Eastern Washington.

Jensen’s run came on a fourth-and-3 play.

• RUSTON, La. — Skip Holtz wasn’t without a head coaching job for long.

He was introduced as Louisiana Tech’s new coach Friday, less than two weeks after he was fired by South Florida .

Holtz replaces Sonny Dykes, who left to accept the head coaching job at California last week. Louisiana Tech went 9-3 under Dykes this season, with a potent offense that averaged 51 points and 578 yards per game, but was surprisingly left without a bowl bid after balking at an early invitation to the Independence Bowl.

The 48-year-old Holtz is the son of Hall of Fame coach Lou Holtz, who is known most for his long and successful stint at Notre Dame.

The younger Holtz is coming off a 3-9 2012 campaign at South Florida, where he was 16-21 in three seasons.

Holtz is 88-71 overall in 13 seasons at Connecticut, East Carolina and USF. During Holtz’s stint at East Carolina, the Pirates won back-to-back Conference USA titles in 2008 and 2009.

• SALEM, Va. — Mount Union is back on top of Division III football.

Kevin Burke led two second-half touchdown drives and the Purple Raiders (15-0) ended a three-year losing streak in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl with a 28-10 victory over St. Thomas of Minnesota on Friday night.

The victory gave Mount Union coach Larry Kehres his 11th national title in 16 appearances in the Stagg Bowl, all in the past 20 years. His record improved to a staggering 332-24-3 in 27 seasons.

• TERRE HAUTE, Ind.— Indiana State has hired Mike Sanford as its head football coach.

• BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Southeastern Conference won’t suspend Alabama defensive end Quinton Dial for a hit on Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray.

The league said in a statement Friday that it had reviewed video of that play and others in the SEC championship game and that the two schools would handle any punishments internally.

Dial leveled Murray during a second-quarter interception return. He was not penalized on the play.

The SEC statement says the conference is satisfied with actions taken by the schools. The Crimson Tide plays Notre Dame for the national title on Jan. 7 in Miami.

• AP Sports Writer
PHILADELPHIA — Temple has made an offer to New York Giants assistant Matt Rhule to become the Owls’ new head coach.

BASEBALL
NEW YORK — The Los Angeles Dodgers are on track to become only the second major league team with a $200 million payroll and could end the New York Yankees’ streak of 14 years as baseball’s biggest spender.

The Dodgers are at $214.8 million for 21 signed players next season, according to a study of their contracts by The Associated Press. That follows last weekend’s additions of free agent pitcher Zack Greinke for a $147 million, six-year contract and South Korean pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin for a $36 million, six-year deal.

GOLF
ORLANDO, Fla. — When Larry Nelson won the last Father-Son Challenge with son Drew, the runner-up duo included a high school freshman just beginning to grow into his body and his swing.

Look at Dru Love now.
The son of Davis Love III stands 6-foot-3, a five-time Georgia state champion now trying to crack the lineup of a No. 1 Alabama team that includes a U.S. Amateur semifinalist and two second-team All-Americans.

And if you think he’s big, check out Arnold Palmer’s partner this week. Grandson Will Wears is a 6-foot-5 high school senior who plays basketball during Pennsylvania’s winter season.

“Yeah, it’s been a while,” Nelson said Friday.

After a three-year absence, the scramble event returns this weekend at Grande Lakes Orlando’s Ritz-Carlton Golf Club.

“When your son’s with you, you’d better be competitive,” said Jack Nicklaus, joined by son Gary this week. “And your son had better be competitive. Both of you want to show each other that you can play.”

NHL LABOR
NEW YORK — Anticipating a possible antitrust suit, the NHL has brought its labor fight against hockey players to federal court.

The league filed a class action suit Friday in U.S. District Court in New York, seeking to establish that its now 90-day lockout is legal. In a separate move, the NHL filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board, claiming the players’ association has bargained in bad faith.

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