West Virginia assistant football coach fired

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From local and wire dispatches

Longtime West Virginia assistant football coach Steve Dunlap was fired Saturday by Dana Holgorsen, according to a source close to the program.

Dunlap, who was in charge of special teams and the outside linebackers, had spent more than two decades with the program under former coach Don Nehlen and the late Bill Stewart.

Dunlap's contract ran until June 30.

The move comes on the heels of several changes to the defensive staff after a troubling season that saw the team rank last in Division I-A for most of the season against the pass.

Holgorsen fired cornerbacks coach Daron Roberts in December, and promoted Keith Patterson to defensive coordinator over Joe DeForest.

Dunlap was on Nehlen's staff from 1984-2000, including eight years as defensive coordinator. He left to work at Syracuse, North Carolina and Marshall before returning with Stewart in 2008.

More college football

Quarterback Brock Jensen ran for three touchdowns, Sam Ojuri scored twice and North Dakota State (14-1) beat Sam Houston State (11-4), 39-13, in a title-game rematch for consecutive Division I-AA championships in Frisco, Texas.

• Rutgers running back Jawan Jamison elected to forgo his final two years of eligibility and enter the NFL draft.

• Michigan State defensive end William Gholston is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

Golf

For the second day in a row, the Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Hawaii, was postponed because of gusts topping 40 mph that made it impossible to play. The tournament was supposed to begin Friday. The plan is to play 36 holes today and get in 54 holes by Monday, making it likely that the Tournament of Champions will be decided over 54 holes for the first time since 1997. Unlike Friday, when 24 players at least teed off, no one hit a shot Saturday on the Plantation Course.

Tennis

Serena Williams proved the break between seasons hasn't hurt her momentum, capturing her 47th career title with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the Brisbane International final in Australia. Williams has won 35 of her past 36 matches, including titles at Wimbledon, the Olympics, the U.S. Open, the season-ending WTA championships and he first event of 2013.

Defending champion Andy Murray advanced to the men's final when fifth-seeded Kei Nishikori retired with an injured left knee while trailing, 6-4, 2-0, in their semifinal earlier Saturday. Murray next will meet Grigor Dimitrov, 21, who is starting to live up to his billing as a star-in-the-making by reaching his first ATP Tour final with a 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (5) victory over Marcos Baghdatis.

• Top-seeded Li Na of China secured a hard-fought 6-3, 1-6, 7-5 victory over Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic to capture the inaugural Shenzhen Open in China.

• Richard Gasquet won the Qatar Open in Doha for his eight career title, rallying to beat Nikolay Davydenko, 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3.

• Second-seeded Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia rallied past semifinalist Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia, 4-6, 6-2 6-2, and will play Roberto Bautista-Agut of Spain for the Chennai Open title in India. Bautista-Agut, ranked 80th, followed up his stunning win over top seed and sixth-ranked Tomas Berdych with a victory over fifth-seeded Frenchman Benoit Paire, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.

Horse racing

Breeders' Cup Classic winner Fort Larned, Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I'll Have Another and Breeders' Mile winner Wise Dan are finalists for Horse of the Year at the Eclipse Awards. I'll Have Another, Belmont Stakes winner Union Rags and Derby and Belmont runner-up Bodemeister are finalists for 3-year-old champion male honors. The 42nd annual awards will be presented Jan. 19 at Gulfstream Park in Florida.

Hockey

A 28-save third period, 47 overall, by senior goaltender Eric Levine led Robert Morris to a 4-1 victory against host Army. The 19th-ranked Colonials improved to 10-5-2.

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