Notre Dame coach Kelly is staying put
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly will be back for a fourth season after leading the Fighting Irish to the national title game this past season. Kelly issued a statement Saturday that, after interviewing with the Philadelphia Eagles, he will remain as coach of the Irish. Sources told ESPN.com that the coach was working toward an extension and a raise. Kelly said he has had thoughts about coaching in the NFL, but, after much reflection and conversations with those closest to him, he has decided to stay put. Kelly led the Irish to a 12-1 record this past season and has an overall mark of 28-11 in three seasons . . . The NCAA is scheduling meetings to discuss allegations with specific individuals involved in the long investigation of Miami’s athletic compliance practices, two people with knowledge of the situation said. Some of the meetings have been scheduled for Monday. Reviewing specific findings is perceived as a sign that the investigation is ending and that Miami may finally receive its notice-of-allegations letter in the coming days. Miami has been under NCAA investigation since 2011.
Cuban: Nowitzki not on trading block
Mark Cuban said he plans to keep star Dirk Nowitzki even though the Dallas Mavericks have their worst record since a few months after he bought the team in 2000. Cuban said before Saturday night’s game against Memphis that he wanted to be clear with Nowitzki that he was committed ‘‘through thick and thin’’ to getting the team back in contention. Dallas recently fell 10 games under .500 for the first time since Nowitzki’s second season in 1999-2000. Since then, the Mavericks have made the playoffs 12 straight years and won the title in 2011 . . . Knicks guard Iman Shumpert was medically cleared to play, and may make his season debut Thursday in London against the Pistons, coach Mike Woodson said. Shumpert tore his left ACL and meniscus in last year’s playoffs . . . The Nets said forward Gerald Wallace will miss Sunday’s game against the Pacers. Wallace bruised his ribs in Friday’s win over Phoenix . . . Timberwolves guard Malcolm Lee will undergo separate surgeries this week and will likely miss the rest of the season. The team said Lee will have surgery Monday to repair cartilage in his right knee. Two days later, he’ll have hip surgery . . . Senior forward James Southerland was benched by Syracuse for an eligibility matter that the university would not specify. He is the Orange’s second-leading scorer with 13.6 points per game.
Stevens’s win first since comeback
Gary Stevens won the first race at Santa Anita, giving the Hall of Fame jockey his first winner in North America since 2005, when he began a seven-year retirement that ended last week. Stevens, who turns 50 in March, rode 5-1 shot Branding to a 2½-length victory in his third race since beginning his comeback Jan. 6. It was the 4,889th win of Stevens’s career; Fed Biz led all the way to win the $150,000 San Fernando Stakes by a head in a later race. Ridden by Mike Smith, Fed Biz ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.34 and paid $11.20, $6.20, and $4.40. It was Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert’s record fifth win in the race.
OF Reimold cashes in with Baltimore
Despite missing most of last season, outfielder Nolan Reimold more than doubled his salary when he agreed to a $1 million, one-year contract with the Baltimore Orioles. The 29-year-old hit .313 with five home runs and 10 RBIs last year, when he didn’t play after April 30 because of a herniated disk in his neck . . . Bernard Tomic won his first ATP title, beating Kevin Anderson, 6-3, 6-7 (2-7), 6-3, in the Sydney International final. The 20-year-old could pass Marinko Matosevic to reclaim the top Australian spot in the rankings heading into Monday’s Australian Open . . . Lleyton Hewitt beat Juan Martin del Potro, 6-1, 6-4, in the final of the Kooyong Classic invitational exhibition tournament in Melbourne . . . In soccer, Chelsea leapfrogged Tottenham for third place in the Premier League, benefiting from two own goals by the same player to thrash Stoke, 4-0, and dismantle England’s only remaining unbeaten home record. Stoke forward Jonathan Walters twice headed the ball into his own net, in the 45th and 62d minutes . . . Maryland forward Patrick Mullins and North Carolina midfielder Crystal Dunn won the Hermann Trophy as the nation’s top college soccer players . . . The coach of Dayron Robles said the 2008 Olympic 110-meter hurdles champion will sit out the year because he is upset with his treatment from Cuban sports officials. Robles won the gold medal in Beijing, but pulled up midway through the gold-medal race in London clutching his right hamstring.