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Published: Tuesday, Jan. 11 2011 9:41 p.m. MST

Ron Rivera

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Hoke hired as coach of Michigan football

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan picked San Diego State's Brady Hoke as its new football coach on Tuesday, hours after LSU said Les Miles would be staying in the Bayou.

Hoke is not a Michigan man — he's a Ball State alumnus — but he is a former Wolverines assistant and athletic director Dave Brandon praised him highly in announcing the decision.

"We are pleased to announce the hiring of Brady," Brandon said. "He is a terrific coach and will be a great ambassador and leader for our football program. We look forward to having him build a championship program on the field and in the classroom."

Hoke, who will be introduced at a news conference in Ann Arbor on Wednesday, spent eight seasons as a head coach at Ball State (2003-08) before leading the Aztecs (2009-10). A defensive line coach at Michigan, Hoke helped the defense lead the nation in rushing defense and was on the staff during the 1997 national championship run.

He replaces Rich Rodriguez, who was fired after going 15-22 in three seasons with the Wolverines. That includes an 0-6 mark against the Buckeyes and Spartans.

Carolina Panthers hire Chargers' Rivera

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers have entrusted Ron Rivera with turning around the NFL's worst team, making the San Diego defensive coordinator the second Latino head coach in NFL history.

Rivera was introduced on Tuesday. He replaces John Fox, who was let go earlier this month after Carolina went 2-14 in his ninth season.

It's the first head coaching job for the 49-year-old Rivera, who is of Puerto Rican and Mexican heritage.

Rivera ran the Chargers' defense since midway through the 2008 season, with San Diego ranking tops in the NFL in total defense and pass defense this season. The ex-Bears linebacker also was defensive coordinator in Chicago from 2004-06.

Red Storm women move up to No. 20

SAINT GEORGE — The Dixie State College women's basketball team moved up five spots to number 20 in the Week 8 version of the USA TODAY ESPN Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll.

The Red Storm (11-1, 1-0 PacWest) opened conference play this past weekend with an 85-72 victory over then No. 16 Grand Canyon at home. Fellow PacWest member GCU dropped to No. 17 with their loss to the Red Storm.

Dixie State has only one blemish on the season to now No. 11 Alaska Anchorage.

MLB save leader Hoffman calls it a career

SAN DIEGO — All-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman is retiring at age 43 and will take a job in the San Diego Padres' front office.

The Beverly Hills Sports Council, which represents Hoffman, confirmed that he is done after recording 601 saves in 18 seasons. Hoffman played the bulk of his career with San Diego after being acquired as a rookie from the Florida Marlins in 1993. He left San Diego as a free agent after the 2008 season and pitched with the Milwaukee Brewers for two seasons.

— Deseret News staff and wire reports

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