Dec. 5 Sports Briefs

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Rocky Mountain College FB coach Jason Petrino resigns

BILLINGS (AP) — Rocky Mountain College is looking for a head football coach with the resignation of Jason Petrino. The college announced Monday that Petrino was taking an assistant coaching position at an NCAA Division I school. It did not name the school and Petrino did not return phone calls to The Billings Gazette seeking comment. Petrino coached at Rocky for three seasons, leading the Battlin’ Bears to the Frontier Conference championship and a berth in the NAIA playoffs this season. Rocky’s executive vice president, Brad Nason, said the school hopes to have a new coach in place within a week to 10 days. Petrino started his coaching career as a defensive assistant at his alma mater, Carroll College, and has held similar positions at the University of Mary, Wyoming and South Dakota. He is a cousin to former Louisville coach Bobby Petrino and Idaho coach Paul Petrino.

New Orleans Saints owner pays off $100K in Walmart layaways

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Gayle Benson has paid off nearly $100,000 worth of layaway orders at a New Orleans Walmart. News outlets reported Tuesday that Benson has paid off more than 400 orders at the Tchoupitoulas Street Times-Picayune reports a Saints spokesman says Benson made the gift on her own. Benson became the sole owner of both teams when her husband, Tom Benson, died in March.

Doncic, Matthews lead Mavs past Trail Blazers 111-102

DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic scored 21 points and Wesley Matthews added 17 as the Dallas Mavericks won for the ninth time in 11 games, beating the Portland Trail Blazers 111-102 Tuesday night. DeAndre Jordan added 12 points and 17 rebounds for Dallas, which won its eighth straight at home for the first time since its championship season of 2010-11. Doncic, who missed his first game Sunday with a right hip strain, scored 14 in the second half and finished with nine rebounds. Damian Lillard scored 25 of his 33 points in the second half as Portland tried, but failed, to rally from a deficit that was mostly double digits through almost all the first three quarters. Lillard and C.J. McCollum struggled from the field, going 17 for 42, and 4 for 15 from 3-point range.

NASCAR: Kurt Busch signs to drive for Chip Ganassi Racing

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Kurt Busch and sponsor Monster Energy will move to Chip Ganassi Racing next season for Busch’s 20th season in NASCAR. The partnership announced Tuesday is a one-year contract for Busch to drive the No. 1 Chevrolet with primary sponsorship from Monster. It is believed the one season as teammate to Kyle Larson will be Busch’s final year of fulltime NASCAR competition. Busch won NASCAR’s Cup title in 2004 and counts the Daytona 500 and Coca-Cola 600 among his 30 career victories. He spent the last five seasons with Stewart-Haas Racing.