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Nebraska fires Bill Callahan after 5-7 season

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Bill Callahan was fired as Nebraska's coach Saturday, his four-year stay marked by the most embarrassing losses at a football program once among the mightiest in the nation.

Interim athletic director and Nebraska great Tom Osborne announced the dismissal one day after the Cornhuskers lost 65-51 at Colorado, squandering an 11-point halftime lead by allowing 34 consecutive points.

"As a former coach this is a role I really don't like," Osborne said at a news conference." I hate to sit in judgment of other people. I never envisioned having to do this."

Osborne said that at the end of October he told Callahan that there would be a coaching change if Nebraska finished with a losing season.

Friday's loss left the Huskers at 5-7 one season after they reached the Big 12 championship game. This year also was marked by a 76-39 defeat at Kansas, the most points allowed by a Nebraska team.

• Ed Orgeron was fired as Mississippi's coach, a day after the Rebels blew a game against their big rival to finish the season 3-9 and go winless in the conference for the first time since 1982.

His departure ends a tumultuous three years in Oxford that included plenty of bravado but few wins. The ouster came after Friday's difficult loss in which a fourth-and-1 call by Orgeron started a 17-point rally by Mississippi State that ended in a 17-14 defeat after it appeared Ole Miss had won.

The Rebels lost five of their last six games, and this season put 20 players on probation for stealing from hotels.

• PRO GOLF -- Fred Couples rolled in a 35-yard, curling shot from a bunker to win $75,000 and top the earnings on the first day of the LG Skins Game.

His eagle on the par-5, 501-yard fourth hole was worth three skins and the money grew when the previous two holes were tied.

Defending champion Stephen Ames was the only other player to win a skin over the first nine holes of the two-day, 18-hole event. He picked up $25,000 by making a 6-footer for birdie on the first hole.

Skins Game rookies Zach Johnson, this year's Masters Champion, and Brett Wetterich were shut out on opening day.

• PRO BASEBALL -- Medical tests to determine the cause of death of left-handed pitcher Joe Kennedy are expected to take about six to eight weeks.

Results of Kennedy's autopsy are pending the completion of the tests, said forensic investigator Amanda Whidden. She is with Hillsborough County's medical examiner's office.

Kennedy, a journeyman who pitched for three major league teams last season, died at his in-laws' home Friday at age 28. The death shocked former teammates and executives around Major League Baseball.

• PRO TENNIS -- Pete Sampras notched a win to wrap up a three-match exhibition series against Roger Federer.

Sampras never faced a break point and handed Federer a 7-6 (8), 6-4 defeat at the Venetian Macao arena, finishing 1-2 against the top-ranked Swiss player.

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