By the Las Vegas Locomotives, the inaugural United Football League championship. The Locos—who were 4--2 in the regular season under former Giants coach Jim Fassel (inset) beat the Florida Tuskers (6--0 under former Saints coach Jim Haslett) 20--17 in overtime before a crowd of 14,801 at Sam Boyd Stadium in Vegas. DeDe Dorsey (above), who had a 38-yard TD run, was the game's MVP. "They fought like I haven't seen a team fight," Fassel said of his players, each of whom received a $10,000 winner's share. "There's something about how it was so important to these guys." The fledgling league reportedly lost $30 million this year, but it plans to expand from four teams to six and play a 10-game schedule in 2010.
To consider an extension of his contract, Bud Selig, 78, meaning the MLB commissioner will step down at the end of 2012. Selig was reportedly approached by a group of owners who wanted him to stay on longer, but he said no. The former owner of the Brewers, Selig became acting commissioner in 1992 and took the job on a permanent basis six years later. "I want to start writing a book," Selig told MLB.com. "I don't have time while I'm doing this job, but I need to do that. I want to do some teaching.... God willing, on December 31, 2012, you'll be saying goodbye to me."
By the players of Wigan Athletic, refunds for fans who paid to see a 9--1 loss at Tottenham Hotspur. About 565 fans traveled from Wigan to London on Nov. 22 to see the second-most-lopsided game in the history of the English Premier League. "There is not a lot else to say, just that as a group of professionals we were embarrassed by the way we performed, we feel it was below our standards and this is something we feel we owe to the fans," said Wigan captain Mario Melchiot. Ticket prices ranged from $24 to $45.
After five seasons as Notre Dame's football coach, Charlie Weis (right, with quarterback Jimmy Clausen). After taking the Irish to BCS bowls in each of his first two seasons, Weis was only 16--21 the last three years. As pressure mounted on Weis last month, he admitted that his record (6--5 at the time) was "not good enough." He was let go on Monday, two days after a last-minute, 45--38 loss to Stanford—Notre Dame's sixth loss by seven points or less in 2009—and with six years left on his contract.
By Virginia after nine seasons as football coach, Al Groh. The Cavaliers lost to Virginia Tech last Saturday to wrap up a 3--9 season, their third losing record in four years. The former coach of the New York Jets and a two-time ACC coach of the year ended his uneven tenure in peculiar fashion; when asked about his future at the postgame press conference, he recited the 20-line poem The Guy in the Glass by Dale Wimbrow. (The message of the 1934 poem is that a man needs to be able to look himself in the mirror.) When he finished all five stanzas, Groh added, "When I visited the guy in the glass, I saw that he's a guy of commitment, of integrity, of dependability and accountability. He's loyal. His spirit is indomitable. And he is caring and loving. I'm sure I will always call the guy in the glass a friend." Groh then left the press conference and was fired the next day.