Arizona's Miller of Pitt and Blackhawk High School gets contract extension

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Arizona men's basketball coach Sean Miller of Pitt and Blackhawk High School will lead the Wildcats at least through the 2016-17 season.

The Arizona Board of Regents approved a one-year contract extension Friday for Miller, who is 69-35 in three seasons with the Wildcats and in 2011 -- the final year before becoming the Pac-12 -- led the team to the Pacific-10 Conference regular-season title and the round of eight in the NCAA tournament. He was the Pac-10 coach of the year that same season.

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• Earlier in the week, South Fayette receiver-defensive back Zach Challingsworth was set on a future in the Mid-American Conference. By Friday, he was set on playing for Pitt. Challingsworth accepted a scholarship to Pitt, three days after he made a verbal commitment to the University of Toledo. When Challingsworth committed to Toledo Tuesday, Pitt hadn't offered a scholarship. But one day later, Pitt met with Challingsworth and offered him a scholarship.

• Murray State football player Jeff Richard died Thursday in Elizabethtown, Ky., where he had returned after his first year. Elizabethtown police confirmed that Richard died but gave no further details.

• Michigan said College Football Hall of Famer and 1947 Heisman Trophy runner-up Bob Chappuis died Thursday at UM Hospital. He was 89. He had been hospitalized after a fall earlier this week.

• Boston University is moving to the Patriot League. Boston will switch from the America East conference starting in the 2013-14 academic year. The Terriers' five-time NCAA champion hockey team will remain in Hockey East.

• An effort to enshrine an Old South university mascot into the Mississippi Constitution is a lost cause -- at least for now. Arthur Randallson of Southaven directs the Colonel Reb Political Action Committee, a group that's been pushing a ballot initiative to make the University of Mississippi revive a mascot it retired in 2003.

Soccer

Theo Walcott came on as a substitute to score one goal and set up another in a come-from-behind 3-2 win against Sweden at the European Championship in Kiev, Ukraine. The result eliminated Sweden and leaves England needing only a draw in its final Group D match against co-host Ukraine to ensure a spot in the quarterfinals.

Jeremy Menez and Yohan Cabaye scored early in the second half to give France a 2-0 victory against Ukraine in a storm-delayed match in Donetsk.

Baseball

The Little League World Series opens Aug. 16 with the champions from Japan and the Caribbean squaring off in South Williamsport, Pa. The championship game is 10 days later between the United States and International bracket winners. All 32 games will be broadcast on either WTAE, ESPN or ESPN2.

Cycling

Former track star Taylor Phinney will return to the Olympics on the road, while Kristin Armstrong will defend her gold medal in the women's time trial at the London Games. Armstrong and Phinney were among the 21 riders announced by USA Cycling for the Summer Olympics.

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First Published June 16, 2012 12:30 AM


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