Agreed Arkansas State athletic director Terry Mohajir said North Carolina offensive coordinator Blake Anderson agreed to become the new head coach of the Red Wolves. Anderson leaves the Tar Heels after two seasons, replacing Bryan Harsin – who left Arkansas State (7-5) to become the head coach at Boise State. Defensive coordinator John Thompson will serve as the interim coach when Arkansas State faces Ball State in the GoDaddy Bowl on Jan. 5.
Hired New Boise State football coach Bryan Harsin announced that former Broncos assistant Marcel Yates will return to be the Broncos’ defensive coordinator. On the other side of the ball, Harsin tapped former Boise State QB Mike Sanford Jr. to be the offensive coordinator. Requested Cycling Australia said it will seek a maximum two-year ban for Michael Rogers if the 2004 Athens Olympic bronze medalist is found guilty of doping. The International Cycling Union said Rogers tested positive for clenbuterol, which helps build muscle and burn fat, at the Japan Cup on Oct. 20. The three-time world time trial champion has been provisionally suspended.
Ranked Spain topped the year-end FIFA rankings for the sixth straight year. The reigning world and European champions were No. 1 for the 28th consecutive month in the December rankings. Germany was second in an unchanged top 10. The U.S. is 14th for the second straight month.
• Miami’s LeBron James again topped the NBA’s list of top-selling jerseys. Kobe Bryant of the Lakers is No. 2 on the list, followed by Chicago’s Derrick Rose, Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant and New York’s Carmelo Anthony.
Planned FIFA President Sepp Blatter said vanishing spray will be used to mark distances for free kicks at the upcoming World Cup in Brazil. The spray, developed in Argentina and Brazil, is currently used at the Club World Cup in Morocco as well as the MLS. The referee uses the spray to mark the line where players can set up their defensive wall before a free kick.