Louisville fired football coach Bobby Petrino on Sunday with two games left in a spiraling season that includes five losses in which the Cardinals allowed at least 50 points.
A statement from athletic director Vince Tyra said he "did not have the confidence" Petrino could turn things around. "It was clear the players weren't responding," he said in a news conference.
Louisville (2-8) lost 54-23 at No. 13 Syracuse on Friday night, dropping to 0-7 in ACC games.
Petrino departs with a 77-35 record in two stints with Louisville. He was 31-9 with Louisville from 2003-06.
Also let go were quarterbacks coach Nick Petrino, the coach's son, and linebackers coach Ryan Beard and defensive line coach L.D. Scott, Petrino's sons-in-law.
Second-year safeties coach Lorenzo Ward, 51, will be Louisville's interim head coach.
Northwestern rises to No. 24
• The day after winning a spot in the Big Ten Championship Game, Northwestern was ranked in the Associated Press' Top 25 for the first time this season. The Wildcats (6-4) were No. 24 in a Top 25 that was otherwise fairly stable.
Conference finals set
Atlanta United, Sporting Kansas City and Columbus won MLS series and joined Portland in the conference finals.
In the East, host Atlanta United beat New York City FC 3-1 for a 4-1 two-game total. New York beat visiting Columbus 3-0 and won the series 3-1.
In the West, host Sporting Kansas City beat Real Salt Lake 4-2 for a 5-3 total.
Kuchar takes victory
Matt Kuchar ended more than four years without a PGA Tour victory by closing with a 2-under 69 to win the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
Langer lands season title
• Bernhard Langer won the PGA Tour Champions' season title, his fourth in five years, when he tied for 13th in the Charles Schwab Cup in Phoenix. Vijay Singh won the event, closing with a 10-under 61.
AROUND THE HORN
Auto racing: Lewis Hamilton, already the 2018 champion, won the Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo, helping his Mercedes team take the Formula One constructors' title.
Baseball: Yadier Molina had three hits, including a three-run homer, in the MLB All-Stars' 7-3 victory over Japan in Tokyo. The U.S. is 1-2 in the six-game exhibition series.
Men's tennis: Kei Nishikori sprung a surprise in the ATP Finals in London, defeating Roger Federer 7-6 (4), 6-2 in round-robin play.
Women's tennis: Katerina Siniakova saved two match points before defeating Sofia Kenin 7-5, 5-7, 7-5, giving the Czech Republic a 3-0 victory in the Fed Cup final in Prague.
Drag racing: J.R. Todd wrapped up his first Funny Car season title in the Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif., Matt Smith won his third Pro Stock Motorcycle title, Steve Torrence won in Top Fuel and Tanner Gray in Pro Stock.