Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Digest: Florida International Fires Turner

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Digest: Florida International Fires Turner

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Florida International dismisses Turner

Florida International has fired coach Ron Turner, who spent eight seasons as the coach of Illinois beginning in 1997.

The Panthers made the move Sunday, one day after the team fell to 0-4 this season with a 53-14 loss to Central Florida.

FIU has won only 13 of its last 53 games, going back to the final game of the 2011 season. The Panthers were 10-30 in parts of four seasons under Turner, who replaced Mario Cristobal before the 2012 season.

Defensive coordinator Ron Cooper is taking over as interim coach.

The Panthers play host to rival Florida Atlantic on Saturday.

Jones is out at Lincoln * Former Rams linebacker Mike Jones has been relieved of his duties as the head coach at Lincoln University, which fell to 0-4 with Saturday's 37-0 loss to Truman State. The Blue Tigers were 8-51 overall under Jones.

"Making a change at head coach at any point, much less in the middle of the season, is never an easy decision," athletics director John Moseley said. "In terms of our goals for the football program, however, Coach Jones and I agree that we are not where we need to be, and I believe that making this decision now will put us on a path towards reaching those goals."

"I want to thank Dr. Kevin Rome and the Lincoln University family for the honor of being the Blue Tigers' head football coach," Jones said. "I want to thank all of the young men that I've had the distinct honor of coaching. I love you guys and I wish nothing but the best for you."

Duke safety injured * Duke says safety and kick returner DeVon Edwards is out for the season with torn knee ligaments.

Coach David Cutcliffe said that Edwards tore both the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee during Saturday's 38-35 upset at Notre Dame.

Wawrinka loses in final * Promising German 19-year-old Alexander Zverev won his first tour title, beating U.S. Open champion Stan Wawrinka in a tight battle in the St. Petersburg Open final in Russia.

Zverev took the first set before Wawrinka responded to draw level. The German was a break down in the decider, but fought back to win 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.

Zverev becomes the first man to beat Wawrinka in a tour final since 2013, snapping an 11-match win streak in finals for the Swiss star, who had been trying to win back-to-back titles in his first tournament since the U. …

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