LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Southern California fired Lane Kiffin a few hours after the Trojans lost 62-41 at Arizona State, ending the coach's tumultuous tenure.
Ed Orgeron was picked as interim head coach by athletic director Pat Haden, who dismissed Kiffin at the airport following the Trojans' flight home. USC (3-2, 0-2 Pac-12) has eight games left under Orgeron, Kiffin's assistant head coach and the former Mississippi head coach.
Haden fired Kiffin in a 3 a.m. meeting at the Trojans' private airport terminal, but not before a 45-minute chat in which Kiffin tried to change Haden's mind.
Haden didn't hire Kiffin, but had been firmly behind the coach until Saturday, when the Trojans matched the most points allowed in school history. The loss was the seventh in 11 games for a high-profile program still struggling under the cumulative effect of NCAA sanctions.
NEW YORK (AP) - Notre Dame dropped out of The Associated Press college football poll after losing its second game of the season, and Arizona State moved.
Alabama remained No. 1 as the top five held their spots for the third consecutive week. The Crimson Tide received 55 of 60 first-place votes, and No. 2 Oregon got the rest from the media panel, one more than last week. Clemson is third, followed by Ohio State and Stanford.
Georgia moved up to No. 6 after its 44-41 victory against LSU, which slipped four spots to 10th.
Notre Dame (3-2), coming off a loss in the BCS championship game, began the season No. 14 but is now out of the Top 25 after losing 35-21 at home to Oklahoma, which moved up three spots to 11th.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - Jimmie Johnson held off teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. down the stretch to win for a record eighth time at Dover International Speedway.
Johnson had shared the mark of seven wins on the concrete mile with Bobby Allison and Richard Petty. Led by Johnson, the entire top 10 was made up of Chase for the Sprint Cup championship drivers. Joey Logano, Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch rounded out the top five. Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, who won the first two Chase races, Ryan Newman, Greg Biffle and Clint Bowyer completed the top 10.
Kenseth kept his points lead even as he fell short in trying to become the first driver to win the first three Chase races. He holds an eight-point lead over Johnson as the Chase shifts to Kansas.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - Joey Logano won again at Dover International Speedway, taking the checkered flag in the track's Nationwide Series race Saturday for the fourth straight time.
Logano won from the pole. Kyle Larson was second, followed by Kevin Harvick, Brian Vickers and Elliott Sadler. Points leader Sam Hornish Jr. was 17th.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Texas Rangers forced a one-game tiebreaker for the second AL wild-card spot, winning their seventh in a row when Geovany Soto hit a tiebreaking RBI double and later homered to beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-2.
The Rangers (91-71) added game No. 163 to the regular season, and will host Tampa Bay on Monday night. The winner plays two days later at wild card leader Cleveland in another win-or-be-done matchup.
Evan Longoria and the Tampa Bay assured themselves a tie for a wild-card berth by scoring six runs in the first inning and then holding off the Toronto Blue Jays 7-6.
MIAMI (AP) - Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera fell short in his bid to become the first player to win the Triple Crown in successive seasons, but clinched his third batting title in a row, sitting out the regular-season finale at Miami - a no-hitter by the Marlins' Henderson Alvarez - to finish with an average of .348.
Rockies right fielder Michael Cuddyer won the NL title with a .331 average.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Dodgers won't have center fielder Matt Kemp for the postseason because of swelling in a bone in his left ankle.
Los Angeles said Kemp's season is over. He left the clubhouse on crutches after the Dodgers lost to Colorado 2-1 in the regular-season finale.
Dr. Neal ElAttrache says an MRI taken during the game showed microscopic evidence of swelling in one of the major weight-bearing bones in Kemp's sprained ankle.
The Denver quarterback eclipsed Brett Favre's mark with his fourth TD pass late in the third quarter, a short toss to his newest target Wes Welker. Manning hooked up with Welker for a score earlier in the game and also had two TD passes to Demaryius Thomas.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - L.C. Greenwood, the relentless defensive end who made up one quarter of the Pittsburgh Steelers' ''Steel Curtain'' defense of the 1970s, has died. He was 67.
The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office said Greenwood died from undisclosed causes just before noon at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital.
A six-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro, Greenwood played for the Steelers from 1969-81, helping Pittsburgh win an unprecedented four Super Bowls in a six-year span.
MIAMI (AP) - Erik Spoelstra signed a multiyear extension to remain as coach of the Miami Heat.
Spoelstra has led the Heat to the past two NBA championships and is 260-134 in his first five seasons in Miami. He had one year left on his existing contract, a deal that the sides agreed to in 2011.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Chesson Hadley had to settle for a victory in the Web.com Tour Championship.
Hadley closed with a 1-under 69 for a two-shot victory in the fourth and final event of the series that determine PGA Tour cards. But a late bogey by Scott Gardiner kept Hadley from winning the special money list and getting full status on the PGA Tour and a spot in The Players Championship next year.
John Peterson wound up winning the special money list. And perhaps the biggest winner was Lee Williams. Needing a birdie on the 18th hole of the Valley Course on the TPC Sawgrass, he rolled in a 55-foot over a ridge and into the cup to earn a tour card.
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