Ex-Seahawk Bobby Engram to join Pittsburgh coaching staff | College football
Former Seahawks receiver Bobby Engram, 39, has been hired as Pittsburgh's wide-receivers coach. Engram, a college standout at Penn State, joins the staff of Pitt first-year coach Paul Chryst.
Engram joins Pitt coaching staff
Former Seahawks receiver Bobby Engram has been hired as Pittsburgh's wide-receivers coach, joining the staff of Panthers first-year coach Paul Chryst.
Engram, 39, played college ball at Penn State and is the Nittany Lions' all-time leader in yards receiving (3,026), receiving touchdowns (31) and 100-yard receiving games (16).
Engram, who played in the NFL from 1996 to 2009, was a Seahawk from 2001 to 2008. He was an assistant coach for the offense of the San Francisco 49ers this season.
Insight Bowl loses title sponsor
The Insight Bowl in Tempe, Ariz., is losing its title sponsor and game organizers are seeking a replacement.
Tempe-based Insight Enterprises has sponsored the bowl game since 1997 but has allowed its sponsorship contract to expire.
Bielema gets contract extension
Wisconsin extended the contract of coach Bret Bielema through the end of the 2016 season. He got a raise in February and makes $2.5 million per year.
Bielema, 42, has a 60-19 record in six seasons with the Badgers.
Kansas grants Berglund release
Kansas has granted quarterback Brock Berglund, 19, a release from his scholarship, allowing the freshman from Denver to contact other schools about transferring.
Jayhawks first-year coach Charlie Weis, in a statement, said Berglund was dismissed from the program after he failed to attend a mandatory team meeting Jan. 15.
Abbott excels at nationals
Two-time national champion Jeremy Abbott took a commanding lead at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose, Calif., with a short program that earned a personal-best 90.23 points. He leads second-place Adam Rippon by 7.29 points going into Sunday's free skate.
Meanwhile, Meryl Davis and Charlie White, the first U.S. team to win a world ice-dance title, took the short dance with 76.89 points.
Calipari receives letter from dog
John Calipari, coach of top-ranked Kentucky, thought he had seen it all. Then he received fan mail from a dog.
Calipari said the letter arrived complete with a paw-print "signature."
"You think about it, this is a unique place. I have dogs sending me letters and they put their paw prints on it and their picture," Calipari said. "I have 95-year-old ladies in nursing homes asking what I'm doing about our free-throw shooting, do you practice it? I've got accountants cussing me up and down. It's a different deal here.
"You can't hide. I can't hide. My players can't hide."
The paw-print letter included a photo of a cocker spaniel named Mr. Maverick watching the Wildcats play with his paws on a TV stand. It said: "Where in the world do you find dogs rooting for Cats? Let me answer that for you, 'Kentucky.' "
Dedmon suffers knee injury
USC sophomore forward Dewayne Dedmon has a torn ligament in his left knee and a bone bruise in his left leg, making him the fifth Trojans player to suffer a season-ending injury. The 7-footer, injured in Thursday's 74-50 loss to Colorado, averaged 7.6 points and 5.5 rebounds.
USC (5-16 overall, 0-8 Pac-12) is down to six scholarship players on its active roster.
Duke women rout Clemson
Tricia Liston scored 16 points to help No. 5 Duke overpower host Clemson 81-37.
The Blue Devils (17-2, 8-0 Atlantic Coast) have won their last 15 meetings with Clemson (5-13, 1-6).
Vonn extends World Cup lead
Lindsey Vonn of Vail, Colo., won a World Cup super-combined event in St. Moritz, Switzerland, to extend her lead in the overall standings over second-place Tina Maze of Slovenia.
Vonn's two-run time for a downhill and a slalom was 2 minutes, 28.35 seconds, beating Maze by 0.41 seconds. Vonn got 100 Cup points for her 48th career victory and leads Maze by 302 points.
Track and field
Lagat intends to keep running
Ex-Washington State standout Bernard Lagat smiled and said, "If I was to retire someday ... "
The 37-year-old American knows he will stop running one of these years, but that feels far off considering he narrowly missed a gold medal in the 5,000 meters at last summer's world championships. Lagat said he plans to run in this year's London Olympics and compete through the 2013 worlds — at least.
Lagat will race in the mile Saturday at the U.S. Open at Madison Square Garden in New York.
• A spokeswoman said Rachel Alexandra, North America's 2009 Horse of the Year, and her newborn colt have been taken to an equine clinic in Lexington, Ky., for pain management related to the birth. The 6-year-old mare and the colt are expected to return to Stonestreet Farm in a couple of days, spokeswoman Caroline Shaw said.
• American Landon Donovan set up both goals for Everton, which rallied to beat Fulham 2-1 for a berth in the fifth round of England's FA Cup soccer tournament.
Fulham features American Clint Dempsey. Donovan, on loan to Everton from the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer, and Dempsey were teammates on the last two U.S. World Cup teams.
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