Rutgers has an agreement with Ohio State defensive coordinator Chris Ash to make Ash the Scarlet Knights' new coach, various news organizations reported Saturday.

The hiring was expected to be announced Monday.

Ash, 41, has been with the Buckeyes the past two seasons, revamping a defense that had struggled before he was hired by Urban Meyer. Ohio State ranked in the top 20 nationally in total defense the past two seasons.

Ash, an Iowa native who has never been a head coach, will replace Kyle Flood, who was fired after the Scarlet Knights went 4-8 this season, their second as a member of the Big Ten.

Other college football coaching news:

•Syracuse lured Dino Babers away from Bowling Green, the day after he led the Falcons to a victory in the Mid-American Conference Championship Game. Babers won two division titles in two seasons with Bowling Green and reached the FCS playoffs twice as coach at Eastern Illinois.

•North Texas, seeking a more dynamic offense, hired Seth Littrell, the offensive coordinator at North Carolina.

• Jacksonville hired Ian Shields, who went 16-6 in two seasons at Lenoir-Rhyne, including 11-1 in 2014.


Came to a conclusion: Jamie Vardy, Leicester soccer star, who was held scoreless, by Swansea, for the first time in 12 games. His 11-game run set a Premier League record.

Breezed to a record: Bubba Watson, who took advantage of light wind to score a course-record 9-under 63 and take the lead in the Hero World Challenge in Nassau, Bahamas.

Took pains: Megan Rapinoe of the U.S. World Cup champion soccer team, who tore a knee ligament that will require surgery, jeopardizing her chance to play in the Rio Olympics.

Broke his mold: Austrian skier Marcel Hirscher, four-time overall world champ, who won a super-G in Beaver Creek, Colo., his first victory in that speed discipline.


U.S. women sweep at Lake Placid

With chants of "USA! USA! USA!" from the home crowd echoing at the finish line, Erin Hamlin won the World Cup luge women's singles race in Lake Placid, N.Y., leading a sweep of the podium by the United States.

Emily Sweeney finished second and Summer Britcher third in the first sweep in singles by the U.S. team. It also was Hamlin's first gold medal in a two-heat World Cup singles event.

Hamlin eclipsed her own track record with a time of 43.912 seconds on her first run and followed with a solid second run to finish in 1 minute, 27.961 seconds.

It was the first World Cup podium finishes for Sweeney and Britcher.

Women's College soccer

Duke, Penn State to play for title

Duke stands a victory over Penn State away from its first national championship in women's soccer.

Not bad, considering the Blue Devils didn't even make their conference tournament.

Third-seeded Duke (14-5-5) faces the top-seeded Nittany Lions (21-3-2) on Sunday in the Women's College Cup final in Cary, N.C.

For the Blue Devils, the season will end on the biggest stage in college soccer — a long way from the 0-2-2 start to Atlantic Coast Conference play that helped to keep them out of the four-team league tournament.

Penn State has reeled off 10 straight wins since losing to Rutgers in October.


Women's bobsledding: Jamie Greubel Poser and Cherrelle Garrett led an American 1-2 finish in World Cup women's bobsled in Winterberg, Germany. They clocked 56.74 and 57.00 for a combined time of 1:53.74 to beat Americans Elana Meyers Taylor and Kehri Jones by 0.15 seconds.

Speedskating: Brittany Bowe beat Heather Richardson-Bergsma for an American 1-2 in the women's 1,000 meters at a speedskating World Cup event in Inzell, Germany.

College volleyball: Ohio State, the No. 12 seed, beat American University 25-23, 25-11, 25-17 in Columbus to advance to the Sweet 16 in NCAA volleyball. Wisconsin advanced to the Sweet 16 on Friday, and six more conference teams played their second-round matches Saturday night.


4Jim Irsay is reuniting the Beatles piece by piece. The Indianapolis Colts owner made his latest pricey purchase Friday, picking up Ringo Starr's first Ludwig drum set at auction for $1.75 million. Irsay owns prominent guitars from the other three members of the Fab Four: Paul McCartney, the late George Harrison and the late John Lennon.