Duke hires Roof as football coach after 5-game test

Posted: December 07, 2003

Ted Roof was hired as Duke's football coach yesterday, his five-week audition turning into a full-time job.

Duke athletic director Joe Alleva said that Roof signed a long-term contract.

He was hired ahead of three other candidates, including former Detroit Lions coach Bobby Ross. Roof has no previous head coaching experience.

"He proved to me he could be a head coach in his audition," Alleva said.

Roof was 2-3 as interim coach after Carl Franks was fired Oct. 19, breaking the program's 30-game conference losing streak with a victory over Georgia Tech and a 13-game skid against rival North Carolina. Two of the losses were close games against Tennessee and North Carolina State.

"I've known what I've wanted to do since I was 17 years old," said Roof, a former Georgia Tech linebacker. "I wanted to be a head football coach in the Atlantic Coast Conference. There has been no other goal."

Since going to their last bowl in 1994, the Blue Devils have a combined record of 18-83, including three 0-11 seasons.

Pro football

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher was fined $10,000 by the NFL for criticizing replay official Dale Hamer following last weekend's loss to Cincinnati.

Hamer did not call for a review of a play in which Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch fumbled at the Bengals' 10-yard line in the closing seconds of the first half during Pittsburgh's 24-20 loss.

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The Green Bay Packers placed safety Antuan Edwards on injured reserve because of a hamstring injury, and signed Erwin Swiney from the practice squad.

Edwards, who started 10 of 12 games this season, was injured in Green Bay's loss to Detroit on Thanksgiving Day.

The Packers face the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field today.

Baseball

The Boston Red Sox refused to confirm or deny the possibility of a pending trade that would send outfielder Manny Ramirez to Texas for American League MVP Alex Rodriguez.

"We appreciate the inquiries and interest today, but we try to adhere to a policy of not commenting on trade rumors," Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said in a statement. "We respectfully cannot participate in the process of confirming or refuting trade rumors."

A Rangers spokesman said there were no developments to report, and general manager John Hart did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

Texas owner Tom Hicks was quoted by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram as saying talks about a possible trade are continuing.

The New York Mets spent yesterday awaiting an answer from Kazuo Matsui on whether he will accept the team's offer of a three-year contract for about $20 million, the Associated Press reported.

While the Mets thought they were on the verge of an agreement based on conversations with the shortstop's agent, Matsui had not signed off on the deal, a baseball official with knowledge of the negotiations said Saturday on condition of anonymity.

The Mets didn't think they were likely to hear an answer until today or tomorrow, the official said, adding that the time difference between the United States and Japan complicated the talks.

Nicknamed "Little Matsui," the shortstop is not related to New York Yankees outfielder Hideki Matsui. Kazuo Matsui is a seven-time all-star and a three-time Golden Glove winner in Japan, hitting .305 with 33 home runs and 84 RBIs last season for the Seibu Lions.

Outfielder Gerald Williams agreed to a minor-league contract with the Florida Marlins and was invited to spring training with the major-league club.

If Williams makes the major-league roster, he would get a $325,000, one-year contract and have the chance to earn $30,000 in performance bonuses: $10,000 each for playing in 55, 70 and 90 games.

Williams played in 27 games, mainly in pinch-hit appearances, for the Marlins last season. He batted .129, with three RBIs in 31 at-bats.

In 12 major-league seasons, Williams is a career .256 hitter. He also has played for the Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Milwaukee Brewers.

Winter sports

Skier Hermann Maier, who nearly lost his right leg in a motorcycle crash two years ago, led a World Cup downhill sweep of the top three places by Austrians at Beaver Creek, Colo.

Maier, a 1998 Olympic gold medalist, finished nearly a second ahead of teammate Hans Knauss to lead the Austrian sweep.

It was Maier's second victory of the season and 44th of his career. It also vaulted him into first place in the overall standings, a title he has won three times.

"Last year at this time, I watched this race at a friend's bar and drank some beers," Maier said. "I thought maybe it's not possible to ski again on this level."

He finished in 1 minute, 39.76 seconds, while Knauss came across in 1:40.71. Andreas Schifferer was third in 1:40.95 on the demanding Birds of Prey course.

Sandra Prokoff fought through an ankle injury to record the two fastest runs and lead a sweep by Germany of the women's World Cup bobsled competition in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Prokoff, who hurt her ankle while warming up, piloted Germany 1 with brakeman Anja Schneiderheinze to a time of 58.38 seconds in the first run. Even though steady snow slowed the track, they managed to tie the course record.

A second run of 58.58 gave them a total time of 1 minute, 56.96 seconds. Still, they won by a mere .02 seconds over teammates Susi Erdmann and Nicole Herschmann.

Carole Montillet of France won her second World Cup downhill in a row on a course that was shortened because of dangerous wind and snow conditions at Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada.

Montillet finished in 1 minute, 24.18 seconds after weather delayed the start of the race for two hours.

Michaela Dorfmeister of Austria was second in 1:24.30, followed by teammate Renate Goetschel and Emily Brydon of Canada.

Elsewhere. Roar Ljokelsoy won a World Cup ski jump event near the Arctic Circle before his home fans in Trondheim, Norway. . . . Germany's Ronny Ackermann won a World Cup Nordic combined event, his third victory in three starts this season, also at Trondheim.. . . World champion Risto Mattila of Finland won the Big Air event yesterday in a World Cup snowboarding meet in Tandadalen, Sweden. . . . Olympic champion Janne Lahtela of Finland and Kari Traa of Norway won season-opening moguls races at a World Cup freestyle meet at Ruka, Finland. Jeremy Bloom, who plays football at Colorado, was second in the men's event. Another American, Hannah Kearney, was third in her race.

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