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Briefs: WVU's Huggins signs 11-year deal

| Saturday, May 3, 2008

West Virginia basketball coach Bob Huggins signed an 11-year contract with the school Friday that will keep him at his alma mater until he's 65.

The deal will pay Huggins $1.5 million a year, plus incentives. When he arrived in April 2007, he was paid $800,000 in his first season.

• Duquesne guard Kojo Mensah has decided to enter the NBA Draft but won't hire an agent.

• Conor Tilow, a 6-foot-6 guard from nationally ranked St. Edwards High School in Cleveland, signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Seton Hill.

• Indiana coach Tom Crean won't reinstate Armon Bassett and Jamarcus Ellis, who were ordered off the team in March.

• Tennessee sophomore forward Duke Crews and sophomore guard Ramar Smith were dismissed from the team.

Pro basketball

Former Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson has agreed to become a Milwaukee Bucks assistant under Scott Skiles, a person with knowledge of the hiring told The Associated Press.


• Former All-Star closer Derrick Turnbow was cut by the Milwaukee Brewers. Also, Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo might need surgery after tearing a ligament in his right knee.

• The Texas Rangers placed right-handed starter Jason Jennings on the 15-day disabled list with soreness in his forearm and recalled left-hander A.J. Murray from Triple-A Oklahoma to start today at Oakland.

• Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire will miss the three-game weekend series against Detroit after his older brother died suddenly at his Oklahoma home.

• New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada will be sidelined for at least five weeks with a right shoulder injury.

• The Washington Nationals put right-handed reliever Chad Cordero on the 15-day disabled list with a torn lat muscle and activated catcher Paul Lo Duca off the DL.

• Manager Bobby Cox said John Smoltz likely will return as the Atlanta Braves' closer when he comes off the disabled list.

• A dazed Carlos Gomez was carted off the field in the fifth inning last night after the Minnesota Twin took a throw from Ivan Rodriguez off the head while stealing second base.

College football

• LSU quarterback Ryan Perrilloux was kicked off the defending national championship team after a college career marked by legal and disciplinary problems.

• The NCAA ruled that transfer quarterback Ryan Mallett must sit out a year before playing for Arkansas.


• Paula Creamer shot an even-par 71 and was the only 1-under par in the SemGroup Championship, giving her a one-shot lead over Ji Young Oh (72).

• Jason Bohn shot a 5-under 67 to take a two-shot lead in the Waxhovia Championship, while Phil Mickelson's double bogey on Quail Hollow Club's easiest hole began a horrible closing stretch that left him seven shots back.

High schools

Chris Mengel teamed with Josh Ferraccio to lead Shady Side Academy to a 6-3, 6-2 victory against Peters Township's Doug Subosits and Andrew Nixon in the WPIAL Class AAA doubles tennis championships at North Allegheny. Matt Kaye and Parth Sharma beat Sewickley Academy teammates Alex Miller and Kendall Weir to win the Class AA title, 6-0, 6-4.


• Minnesota Wild star winger Marian Gaborik had minor arthroscopic surgery on his right hip to relieve "irritation" that bothered him for most of the season.

• Patrick Kane had a goal and two assists and Tim Thomas made 24 saves to help the United States beat Latvia, 4-0 , in the Americans' opening preliminary round game in the Hockey World Championships.

Motor sports

• Carl Edwards has taken himself off the free agent market, agreeing to a contract extension that will keep him at Roush Fenway Racing.

• Local favorite Denny Hamlin used a late pit stop for tires to foil the strategy of fellow NASCAR stars Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards, blowing by them to win the Nationwide Series race at Richmond International Raceway.

Off the field

• Olympic gold medalist Antonio Pettigrew was identified in government court documents as a user of illegal and banned performance-enhancing drugs.

• Academic scores for the Purdue football and men's basketball programs are below the NCAA's cutoff rate, which makes them subject to scholarship penalties, the school announced.

• A federal judge ruled this week that retired NFL players can move ahead with a class-action lawsuit that claims the players union has not paid retirees for use of their images, likeness and names in group marketing deals.

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