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Houston promotes OC Applewhite to coach

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HOUSTON (AP) The University of Houston didn't end up needing to go far in replacing head coach Tom Herman.

Major Applewhite, who served as Herman's offensive coordinator the last two seasons, was promoted to the job on Friday. It will be the first head coaching job for the 38-year-old Applewhite.

"We had our sights set on a focused competitor who has demonstrated success and possesses a deep connection to college and high school football in the great state of Texas," Houston athletic director Hunter Yurachek said. "As this process was completed, it was clearly evident the only individual to offer our position to was Major Applewhite and he was indeed the right man to lead our program."

Fla. Atlantic pursues Kiffin to be coach

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin is being pursued by Florida Atlantic to become the Owls' next head coach, two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Friday night.

Kiffin and the Owls have had dialogue, said both people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because neither side has spoken publicly about the matter. (MORE)

Westbrook runs triple-double streak to 7

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Patrick Beverley savored getting the best of his rival, Russell Westbrook.

Despite a seventh straight triple-double for Westbrook, Beverley and the Houston Rockets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 102-99 on Friday night. (MORE)

WADA: 1,000 Russians in doping scandal

LONDON (AP) Russia's sports reputation was ripped apart again Friday when a new report into systematic doping detailed a vast "institutional conspiracy" that covered more than 1,000 athletes in over 30 sports and corrupted the drug-testing system at the 2012 and 2014 Olympics.

The findings were handed over to the International Olympic Committee, which will be under pressure to take action against the Russians ahead of the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. (MORE)

Kansas F Bragg arrested for battery

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Kansas forward Carlton Bragg Jr. was suspended indefinitely Friday after he was accused of pushing his girlfriend down a flight of stairs and charged with one count of battery.

The 20-year-old sophomore was taken into custody shortly after midnight, according to the district attorney's office in Douglass County. Bragg allegedly struck the woman and pushed her during an argument. (MORE)

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