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Trojans fire Helton…WFT loses Fitzpatrick

LOS ANGELES (AP) ā€” Southern Cal football coach Clay Helton has been dismissed just two games into his seventh season at the helm. The move follows Saturday’s 42-28 home loss to Stanford that dropped the Trojans out of the AP Top 25. Helton went 46-24 during his improbable tenure in charge of the longtime West Coast college football powerhouse.

UNDATED (AP) ā€” Taylor Heinicke will be the Washington Football Team’s starting quarterback for the foreseeable future. WFT has placed Ryan Fitzpatrick on injured reserve with a hip injury suffered in Sunday’s loss to the Chargers. Heinecke replaced Fitzpatrick in the second quarter and rallied Washington to the lead before Los Angeles came back to win.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) ā€” The Columbus Blue Jackets have replaced assistant coach Sylvain Lefebvre (SIHL-van leh-FAYB’) for declining to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. The Jackets have promoted Steve McCarthy to replace Lefebvre on head coach Brad Larsen’s staff. NHL coaches and other team staff who closely interact with players are required to be fully vaccinated.

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) ā€” Will Zalatoris is the PGA Tour rookie of the year, the first in 20 years to win the award without being a full Tour member. His break came with a sixth-place finish at the U.S. Open, which became part of this season when the event was moved to September. His eight top-10 finishes included a runner-up at the Masters.

NEW YORK (AP) ā€” Emma Raducanu’sĀ  qualifier-to-champion run at the U.S. Open has vaulted her 127 spots in the WTA rankings to a career-high No. 23. The 18-year-old from Britain began the year ranked 345th, rose to 179th in July by reaching Wimbledon’s fourth round in her Grand Slam debut and arrived at Flushing Meadows at 150th. U.S. Open runner-up Leylah Fernandez of Canada also made a big jump in Monday’s rankings, from 73rd to a career-best 28th.

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