Ex-Stanford coordinator will coach Commodores

Vanderbilt has hired Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason as its new football coach.

Mason, 44, has spent the past four seasons at Stanford, where academic requirements and recruiting challenges are similar to Vanderbilt.

He replaces James Franklin, who left for Penn State.



PGA: A day after shooting a 9-under 63 at PGA West’s Arnold Palmer Private Course to take the lead, Patrick Reed had another 9-under 63 down the road at tree-lined La Quinta (Calif.) Country Club to stretch his advantage to two strokes over Brendon Todd in the Humana Challenge.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Rory McIlroy posted a 5-under 67 and was two shots off the lead at 7-under through two rounds of the Abu Dhabi Championship.

Scotland’s Craig Lee (67) and Spain’s Rafa Cabrera-Bello (68) were tied at 9 under.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Rocco Mediate took the lead in the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Kaupulehu-Kona, Hawaii, shooting a 9-under 63 for a one-stroke lead over 2012 winner Dan Forsman.


GIRLS’ BASKETBALL: Torie St. Pierre scored 16 points and had four assists to lead host Berwick Academy (11-1) to a 44-41 win over Proctor (7-4).


Proctor led 41-40 with 30 seconds left before St. Pierre scored on an inbounds play. She added two free throws to seal the win and avenge a 38-point loss to Proctor last season in the quarterfinals of the New England Prep School tournament.

Maggie DuChene chipped in 13 points, 11 rebounds and four steals.


WORLD CUP: American Ted Ligety got his first World Cup super-combined victory, overtaking Alexis Pinturault in the downhill portion of the race in Wengen, Switzerland.


DAKAR RALLY: Eleven-time champ Stephane Peterhansel won the 12th and penultimate stage in La Serena, Chile, to take the overall lead, only 26 seconds ahead of fellow Mini driver Nani Roma


MONTE CARLO RALLY: World champ Sebastien Ogier won three of five stages to take the lead in the season opener, while Robert Kubica had to retire after skidding off the road on the second day of the race.


EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: Julia Lipnitskaia’s spectacular but respectful routine to John Williams’ score from “Schindler’s List” earned her the gold medal in the women’s event at Budapest, Hungary.

The 15-year-old Lipnitskaia scored 209.72 points, her season’s best.

Defending champions Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov of Russia earned a season-best score while dominating the pairs short program.


BANNED: Former world champion Alessandro Ballan, who won the road race at the 2008 worlds in Varese, Italy, was banned for two years for blood doping and was fired by the BMC team.

– From staff and news services

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