SOCCER

Mourniho’s fall complete; fired as Chelsea manager

Jose Mourinho is out as Chelsea manager.

Only seven months after winning the Premier League title, the Portuguese coach left with the club languishing one point above the relegation zone.

Chelsea has lost nine of its 16 league games, with Mourinho’s last match a 2-1 loss to Leicester on Monday.

RATINGS: The final match of the Women’s World Cup between the United States and Japan last summer was the most-watched soccer game ever in the United States.

Overall, a record 764 million in-home TV viewers globally tuned in for at least one minute or more, according to FIFA and KantarSport. In terms of FIFA competitions, the women’s tournament is now second only to the men’s World Cup in worldwide viewership.

The United States won the final 5-2 for its third overall World Cup title.

USSF: Midfielder Carli Lloyd was voted the U.S. Soccer Federation’s Female Player of the Year after her hat trick in the final led the Americans to the Women’s World Cup title.

TRACK AND FIELD

RUSSIA: President Vladimir Putin pledged that Russia would cooperate with international officials to eradicate the “poison” of doping, but said it was wrong to suspend athletes who have not been accused of cheating. Putin suggested the IAAF’s blanket suspension of Russia’s entire track and field team was unfair because it penalized athletes for the cheating of others.

GOLF

EUROPEAN TOUR: Rory McIlroy was voted the European Tour’s player of the year for 2015, winning the award for the third time in the past four seasons.

He defended the Race to Dubai title after winning the season-ending World Tour Championship last month.

SKIING

WORLD CUP MEN: Aksel Lund Svindal led the way again as Norway and the United States claimed the top four spots in the final training session on Thursday for the classic World Cup downhill at Val Gardena, Italy.

Aiming to tie the record with his fourth win in this race, Steven Nyman stood third, with fellow American Travis Ganong fourth.

WORLD CUP WOMEN: Lindsey Vonn posted the fastest time in a downhill training run ahead of Swiss skier Lara Gut at the French Alpine resort of Val d’Isere.

Vonn, third fastest in Wednesday’s training, had to wait several minutes before starting her run after seeing fellow American Stacey Cook crash moments before.

Cook’s spectacular crash sent her flying into the safety netting, but she was not hurt.