Friday, May 14, 2004

Sports briefs

Paterno gets four more years

Despite three losing seasons in the last four years, coach Joe Paterno (above) got a four-year contract extension from Penn State on Thursday that will take him past his 80th birthday. Financial terms of the deal were not released. Penn State went 3-9 last season, the worst record in Paterno's 39 seasons in charge of the Nittany Lions. It was just the fourth losing season since Paterno, 77, joined the coaching staff in 1950. Penn State didn't win a road game for the first time since 1936 and finished below .500 in the Big Ten (1-7) for the first time since joining it in 1993. "I appreciate this extension and show of confidence in me and our football program," Paterno said in a statement. Paterno won national titles in 1982 and 1986 and has coached five undefeated teams. His overall record is 339-109-3, and he is second to Florida State's Bobby Bowden in major-college wins.

Sanders exiting NFL Today

Deion Sanders is leaving NFL Today on CBS after two seasons with the football pregame show. The outspoken Sanders, a seven-time Pro Bowl cornerback during a 12-year NFL career, joined the program as a contributor during the 2001 season. For the past two seasons he has been a studio analyst, along with Dan Marino, Boomer Esiason and Jim Nantz.

Rahal team adds Letterman's name

The Indy Racing League's Team Rahal is now Rahal Letterman Racing in recognition of late-night TV host David Letterman's longtime business partnership with car owner Bobby Rahal. "It's a great day in my life, something I've dreamed of since I was a kid," Letterman said in a statement Thursday. "I'll try not to embarrass the team." Letterman, an Indianapolis native, has had a minority interest in the Hilliard, Ohio, operation since 1996.

NKU's Keyer-Scott 3rd in tournament

NKU's Kim Keyer-Scott shot a 6-over 78 in the second round of the NCAA Division II women's golf championship at Alaqua Lakes in Longwood, Fla., and is in third place overall at 150. Mariana De Biase of Rollins leads at 146.

Defensive decisions doom Reds
Miley tries shakeup in lineup for Jimenez

AL: Yanks' Lieber retires 11 straight - twice
NL: Cubs' Zambrano dominant again
Yanks' Posada speaks of quick return

Former XU, Royals star Piontek dies

CovCath secures regional team title
Cleveland-area man will take OHSAA reins
Old, new talent shooting for state
Prep results, schedule

Navratilova heads to French Open

Maybe 4th try will be charm for Lion Heart

Stern promising tighter schedule

Lightning take 2-1 lead over Flyers

NASCAR tracks to lose Nextel Cup races

Lonard pulls his game together, shares Byron Nelson Classic lead

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