LSU defensive coordinator Pelini hired at Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Bo Pelini is the new coach at Nebraska, leaving the defensive coordinator post at LSU for a job many Cornhusker fans thought he should have been given four years ago.

Interim athletic director and former coach Tom Osborne announced Pelini's hiring Sunday, after introducing him to the players.

"We need a head coach with strong defensive credentials and great leadership," Osborne said. "We were also looking for someone who can inspire confidence and get players to play with great effort.

"And, of course, we also wanted our new head coach to understand our traditions, including the importance of our walk-on program and the importance of football in this state."

It's the first head coaching job for the 39-year-old Pelini, who spent three years at LSU orchestrating one of the nation's top defenses. He replaces Bill Callahan, fired Nov. 24 after the Huskers' second losing season in four years.

• Connecticut coach Randy Edsall is staying with the Huskies.

Edsall traveled to Atlanta earlier this week to talk to Georgia Tech officials about their coaching vacancy.

Edsall informed his team at its annual banquet Sunday that he had withdrawn his name from consideration for the job.

The news came hours after the Huskies earned a share of the Big East championship in just their sixth season in college football's top division.

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The match on the hard court at Memorial Coliseum was supposed to be between sixth-ranked Andy Roddick and Mikail Youzhny, but the captains for Russia and the United States each made substitutions.

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The 32-year-old switch-hitter batted .288 with four homers and 37 RBIs for, stealing 32 bases and scoring 84 runs -- his best totals in the majors. Houston swiped only 65 bases this year, the third-lowest in the NL.

• Sammy Sosa wasn't offered salary arbitration by the Texas Rangers, who still may be interested in bringing back the slugger.

Sosa, 39, hit .252 with a team-high 21 home runs and 92 RBIs in 114 games for Texas following a year out of baseball. He became a part-time player after joining the 600-homer club, starting only 19 of the last 56 games while the Rangers evaluated younger players.

• GOLF -- Larry Nelson won the Del Webb Father-Son Challenge for the second time with a different son, teaming with 29-year-old Josh for a second straight 12-under 60 and a two-shot victory.

The Nelsons' eagle-par-birdie finish gave them a 24-under 120 in the scramble format at ChampionsGate Resort, holding off a strong charge from Bob and Kevin Tway, who closed with a 59.