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Arizona's Stoops gets extension

| Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008

Fresh off its first bowl win in 10 years, Arizona plans to extend coach Mike Stoops' contract by three years -- through 2013.

Details of the deal have yet to be worked out. It's subject to the approval of the Arizona Board of Regents.

Stoops, who inherited a 2-10 team in 2003, is coming off the best season at Arizona. The Wildcats went 8-5 and defeated No. 17 BYU, 31-21, in the Las Vegas Bowl.

• Texas wide receiver Jordan Shipley was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA on Tuesday. Shipley missed the 2004 and '05 seasons because of knee and hamstring injuries. He's the top receiver for the No. 3 Longhorns with 79 catches for 982 yards and 11 touchdowns.

• Notre Dame offensive coordinator Mike Haywood was hired as the head coach at Miami (Ohio), which went 2-10 this season. He replaces Shane Montgomery, who resigned last month.

• Syracuse standout defensive tackle Arthur Jones said he's coming back for his senior season.

Baseball

• The Washington Wild Things signed outfield Jason Appel, who was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 22nd round in 2008. He batted .368 with two RBI in 12 games with Hudson Valley in the Single-A New York-Penn League last season.

College basketball

• North Carolina State guard Trevor Ferguson will miss at least three weeks after breaking the ring finger on his non-shooting hand.

Pro basketball

• The short-handed Utah Jazz played without center Mehmet Okur last night, then got a major scare when forward Paul Millsap injured his left knee early in the first quarter against the Bucks.

• The New Orleans Hornets' Peja Stojakovic sat out his third consecutive game with back soreness last night against the Los Angeles Lakers.

• Golden State Warriors guard Jamal Crawford missed last night's game against the Miami Heat with a strained left groin.

• Houston Rockets guard Rafer Alston returned to the starting lineup last night against the Cleveland Cavaliers after missing four games with a strained left hamstring.

Golf

• The PGA Tour lost at least one tournament from its Fall Series because of the economy. Gone from the schedule is the Ginn sur Mer Classic, which was the penultimate week of the season and wasn't expected to return because of the real estate crisis. Also missing from the fall is the Valero Texas Open, which moved to the spring to replace the defunct Atlanta tournament.

Soccer

• The Los Angeles Galaxy signed goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, a veteran of the Jamaican national team.

• Spain would prefer to launch a joint-bid with Portugal for the 2018 World Cup, according to the head of the country's football federation.

• AS Roma captain Francesco Totti could miss up to two months -- and is doubtful for a Champions League match with Arsenal -- after injuring his right thigh.

• Arsenal captain Cesc Fábregas could be sidelined for three months with an injured right knee.

• Arsenal's biggest shareholder, Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov, doesn't plan to increase his stake in the Premier League soccer club for at least six months.

Tennis

• John Isner and Christina McHale earned their way into next month's Australian Open by winning U.S. Tennis Association wild-card tournaments.

Off the field

• South Carolina's athletic department is reporting 11 secondary NCAA violations in the past six months, including two from the program of new women's basketball coach Dawn Staley. The school said that a women's basketball coach improperly text-messaged a prospect, and a coach incorrectly publicized an informal practice scrimmage.

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