Around the Nation (Jan. 11): Vanderbilt's James Franklin named new head football coach at Penn State

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FOOTBALL

Vandy’s Franklin announced as next coach at Penn State

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Penn State has hired James Franklin as its next head coach.

Franklin, 41, who led Vanderbilt to bowls in all three of his seasons there, replaces Bill O’Brien, who left the Nittany Lions after two years to coach the NFL’s Houston Texans. Penn State made the announcement Saturday, after the school’s compensation committee met to finalize the contract.

That committee approved the hiring by a 6-0 vote Saturday morning.

Franklin won 24 games with the Commodores and is a Pennsylvania native with strong ties in-state. Penn State officials met with him this week in Florida. He will be asked to build off a foundation that O’Brien set amid scandal.

BASEBALL

A-Rod banned for 2014 season, arbitrator rules

NEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez was dealt the most severe punishment in the history of baseball’s drug agreement when an arbitrator ruled the New York Yankees third baseman is suspended for the entire 2014 season as a result of a drug investigation by Major League Baseball.

The decision by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz on Saturday cut the suspension issued Aug. 5 by baseball Commissioner Bud Selig from 211 games to this year’s entire 162-game regular-season schedule plus any postseason games. The three-time American League Most Valuable Player will lose just over $22 million of his $25 million salary.

Rodriguez vowed to continue his fight in federal court to reverse the decision.

“It’s virtually impossible. The arbitration will stand. I think it’s almost inconceivable that a federal court would overturn it,” said former baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent, a graduate of Yale Law School. “The arbitration is itself an appeal from the commissioner’s judgment. How many appeals do you go?”

GOLF

Kirk moves into the lead at Sony Open

HONOLULU — A birdie on the final hole gave Chris Kirk the outright lead in the Sony Open, and that’s about it.

Cloudy conditions and only a mild breeze meant just about everyone had a chance at Waialae Country Club. At one point there was a six-way tie for the lead, and 14 players were separated by only one shot.

Kirk had a 65, giving him a one-shot lead over Harris English and PGA Tour rookie Will Wilcox. A dozen players are separated by three shots going into the final round, a group that includes Kapalua winner Zach Johnson.

Masters champion Adam Scott fell back with a 71 and was six shots behind.

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