Freeze steps down as Mississippi football coach

Mississippi football coach Hugh Freeze resigned after five seasons, bringing a stunning end to a once-promising tenure.

The school confirmed Freeze’s resignation in a release Thursday night. Assistant Matt Luke has been named the interim coach.

The Rebels had a quick rise under Freeze, recruiting at a high level and reaching an apex with a Sugar Bowl victory over Oklahoma State following the 2015 season.

But an NCAA investigation – alleging 21 charges of academic, booster and recruiting misconduct – has overshadowed much of that success, especially over the past year. The school already has self-imposed several penalties, including a one-year postseason ban for the upcoming season.

Freeze – who was making more than $5 million per year – had a 39-25 record over five seasons, including a 19-21 mark in the Southeastern Conference.


TOUR DE FRANCE: French rider Warren Barguil triumphed on the barren slopes of the fearsome Col d’Izoard climb in the Alps, winning his second stage this year while Chris Froome held his overall race lead, putting him a step closer to his fourth Tour crown.

On the last day of climbing in the Alps, Froome lost two seconds to Romain Bardet, who moved up to second in the overall standings, relegating Rigoberto Uran of Colombia to third.

But Froome still leads Bardet by 23 seconds, a margin that the French rider is unlikely to close before the finish Sunday in Paris. The last opportunity is in a time trial Saturday, but Froome excels at that discipline.


GOLD CUP: Jamaica got an early goal from Shaun Francis and led the rest of the way, beating Canada 2-1 in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup in Glendale, Arizona.

Jamaica will face Mexico or Honduras in the semifinals Sunday night in Pasadena, California.

MLS: The league will begin using video review for all matches Aug. 5.

MLS has been testing the system at matches throughout the first half of the season. The league announced that it will be implemented following the All-Star game in Chicago on Aug. 2.

All matches will now include a video assistant referee, who will be allowed to review video to confirm calls in four situations: goals, penalty decisions, direct red cards and cases of mistaken identity.

PREMIER LEAGUE: Mexico striker Javier Hernandez is heading back to the Premier League with West Ham.

The London club said it has agreed to terms with German team Bayer Leverkusen for the transfer of Hernandez, who was at Manchester United from 2010 to 2015.


LPGA: Gerina Piller shot an 8-under 63 in the Marathon Classic at Sylvania, Ohio, to take a one-stroke lead over U.S. Women’s Open champion Sung Hyun Park and Peiyun Chien.


WNBA: Stefanie Dolson hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 13 seconds left and scored 15 points to help the Chicago Sky beat Los Angeles 82-80 for the Sparks’ first home loss of the season.


CROATIA OPEN: Rogerio Dutra Silva upset second-seeded Gael Monfils 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals in Umag, Croatia.