– USC receiver Nelson Agholor will forgo his final season of eligibility and make himself available for the NFL draft.

Agholor is the second draft-eligible USC junior to announce he would enter the draft. Defensive lineman Leonard Williams, projected as a possible top-five pick, announced last week he would turn pro.

Running back Javorius Allen also is expected to make himself available for the draft.

Agholor caught 104 passes this season, 12 for touchdowns. He also returned two punts for touchdowns. He finished his career with 179 catches, 20 for touchdowns. His four punt returns for touchdowns is a school record.

Agholor is the third junior receiver in three years to leave USC. Robert Woods left after the 2012 season, Marqise Lee after last season.

"All of us at USC thank Nelson for all he has done here. He had an outstanding career and will always be a Trojan," USC coach Steve Sarkisian said in a statement.

Agholor's departure leaves the Trojans with five scholarship receivers.


MLS-bound: Steven Gerrard, who will leave Liverpool of the English Premier at the end of the season, though he has yet to sign a deal with an MLS side.

Adding on: Texas football coach Charlie Strong, who received a commitment from Tim Irvin, the nephew of former Dallas Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin.

Returning: Eight-time LPGA Tour winner Rachel Hetherington to pro golf after a four-year retirement. The Australian has won $5.7 million in LPGA prize money.

winter sports

German luger triumphs again

Germany's Natalie Geisenberger claimed her fifth luge World Cup win from six events to extend her commanding lead in the overall standings on Saturday in Koenigssee, Germany.

The Olympic champion and defending title-holder was fastest in both runs for a combined time of 1 minute, 41.411 seconds, beating Canada's Alex Gough by 0.349 seconds and Germany's Dajana Eltberger by 0.460.

"To start the new year with a victory in front of an audience like this is brilliant. I had a grin on my face going down the track, a good sign. I'm just having fun," said Geisenberger after her 28th World Cup win.

Emily Sweeney of the United States was fourth for her best World Cup result to date.

American Kearney wins moguls

American Hannah Kearney won the women's World Cup moguls event and Canada's Mikael Kingsbury topped the men's field at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta, for the fifth straight time.

The 28-year-old Kearney is expected to retire at the end of the season.

"I haven't made it an official announcement where it turned into some weird farewell tour with the whole emphasis on my past and things I'd done before," Kearney said. "I'm still here to compete, but there's a 99 percent chance I'll be retiring at the end of the season.

"My body felt really good at the end of last year and to be honest, the way the Olympics went it was hard to just hang it up after that. I still felt like I had something to prove. I know I don't, but bottom line is I still enjoy doing it."

Canada's Chloe Dufour-Lapointe was second, followed by sister Justine Dufour-Lapointe.

Norway women sweep in cross-country

Marit Bjoergen led a Norwegian sweep of the podium to win the first stage of the women's cross-country Tour de Ski while Dario Cologna won the men's race in Oberstdorf, Germany.

Bjoergen, the six-time Olympic champion, completed the 3-kilometer freestyle opening prologue in 7 minutes, 53 seconds, 10.7 seconds ahead of Heidi Weng and 12.2 ahead of Ragnhild Haga.

"I felt good and had very good skis. I was surprised to hear I had 10 seconds lead in the finish. I feel I am in a good shape and had a good feeling on the skis," Bjoergen said after her 85th World Cup win.

There were five Norwegian women in the top six.


56.4As in millions of viewers combined who tuned in for the Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl on ESPN on New Year's Day. Ohio State's 42-35 upset of Alabama in the Sugar attracted 28.27 million viewers, making it the most watched event in cable TV history.