Notre Dame needn’t look for another head coach

Coach Brian Kelly will be back with the Fighting Irish next season after leading them to the national title game this past season.

Kelly, who interviewed with the Philadelphia Eagles earlier in the week, says his interest with the NFL is over for now.

“This decision was motivated purely by my love for Notre Dame and the entire Fighting Irish community, the young men I have the great fortune to coach, and my desire to continue to build the best football program in the country.”

The remarks were the first comments by Kelly since news broke late Wednesday that he had interviewed with the Eagles a day after the Irish were beaten 42-14 by Alabama in the BCS title game in Miami.


WORLD CUP: Julia Clukey of Augusta finished sixth in a race won by Germany’s Natalie Geisenberger at Oberhof, Germany.

Germans swept the top four places. Clukey’s teammate, Erin Hamlin, was seventh.


PGA: Russell Henley two-putted from 30 feet for birdie on the last hole to maintain a share of the lead with fellow rookie Scott Langley after the third round of the Sony Open at Honolulu.

Henley shot a 3-under 67, and Langley had a 65. They set the tournament scoring record through 54 holes at 17-under 193 and had a three-shot lead over Tim Clark.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Scott Jamieson of Scotland took a five-shot lead while Louis Oosthuizen’s challenge faded in the third round of the Volvo Challenge at Durban, South Africa.

Jamieson began the day a stroke behind the former British Open champion, but his 4-under 68 moved him to a 15-under total and five shots ahead of Oosthuizen (74), Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand (73) and Julien Quesne of France (67).


SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL: Bernard Tomic of Australia won his first ATP title, beating South Africa’s Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-3 in Australia.

HOBART INTERNATIONAL: Russia’s Elena Vesnina captured her first WTA title, beating defending champion Mona Barthel 6-3, 6-4 in the final in Australia.

The 68th-ranked and unseeded Vesnina ended the German’s winning run of 12 straight matches in Hobart, and finally clinched her first title after five previous losses in finals.


MAJOR LEAGUES: Despite missing most of last season, outfielder Nolan Reimold more than doubled his salary when he agreed to a $1 million, one-year contract with the Baltimore Orioles. Reimold, 29, hit .313 with five homers and 10 RBI last year, but didn’t play after April 30 because of a herniated disk.

MAINE HALL OF FAME: Nominations are being sought for the 2013 inductees into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame. Nominations should be sent to Don Douglas at P.O. Box 1062, 45 Forest Falls Drive, Yarmouth, ME 04096, or faxed to 846-3760.


WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: Alice McKennis of the United States earned her first victory, winning a downhill in St. Anton, Austria, and Lindsey Vonn was sixth after returning from a nearly monthlong break.

McKennis had never finished in the top three before coming down the Karl Schranz course in 1 minute, 14.62 seconds to beat Daniela Merighetti of Italy by 0.07.

Laurenne Ross of the U.S. was fifth, 0.32 off the lead.

MEN’S WORLD CUP: American Ted Ligety got his 15th career World Cup victory in a giant slalom at Switzerland’s Adelboden, tying him with Alberto Tombo for career giant slalom wins.

SKI JUMPING: Defending overall World Cup champion Sarah Hendrickson of the United States edged Sawra Takanashi of Japan at Hinterzarten, Germany.

Hendrickson produced the longest jump of the second series by soaring 98.5 meters to win with 243.6 points.

— From staff and news services