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Cincinnati to hire Ohio State DC Fickell

(AP Photo/Jeff Haynes, File)

(AP) -- Cincinnati hired Ohio State defensive coordinator Luke Fickell as its head coach, turning to the Buckeye state native to re-establish a program that has slipped in recent years.

He agreed to a six-year deal pending approval from the board of trustees, the school said Saturday. He was to be introduced at a news conference later in the day.

Fickell, a former Ohio State defensive lineman from Columbus, has been a coach with the Buckeyes since 2002. He spent one season as head coach in 2011, taking over after Jim Tressel was fired during the offseason and going 6-7.

Hart has 37 to rally 'Nova past Irish

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Josh Hart scored a career-high 37 points and No. 1 Villanova rallied from an 11-point deficit to beat No. 23 Notre Dame 74-66 on Saturday at the Prudential Center.

Hart was the only Villanova (10-0) player to score double figures. He was 10 of 14 from the field, including 3 of 4 from behind the arc, and he made all 14 of his free throw attempts. (MORE)

Russia OK with IOC retesting samples

MOSCOW (AP) Russia will accept an International Olympic Committee plan to retest all drug test samples given by its athletes at the 2012 and 2014 Olympics, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko said Saturday.

"The IOC has now decided to retest all the samples; let them retest," Mutko, who was sports minister at the time of the 2012 and 2014 Olympics, told Russian state agency R-Sport. He added that Russia will keep a careful eye on the process. (MORE)

Trump to attend Army-Navy game

NEW YORK (AP) President-elect Donald Trump is partaking in one of the nation's most storied football rivalries, saluting U.S. troops at the annual Army-Navy game on Saturday as he prepares to enter the White House.

The future commander-in-chief planned to attend the 117th game between the military academies at West Point and Annapolis, which is being held on relatively neutral ground, at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. (MORE)

Giants activate RB Vereen from IR

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants have activated halfback Shane Vereen off the injured reserve/designated for return list and terminated the contract of offensive lineman Adam Gettis.

The Giants announced the moves on Saturday, a day before meeting the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. (MORE)

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 Seattle, Toronto prepared for MLS Cup

 Stanford band suspended through spring

 Alkins, Simmons help Arizona rip Mizzou

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