April 20, 2012 in Sports

Newsmakers

 

Approved The Idaho State Board of Education signed off on a new five-year, $11.7 million deal for Boise State football coach Chris Petersen. The board unanimously approved the new contract at its meeting Thursday in Moscow. Petersen’s new package includes a bump in base pay each of the five years plus a series of incentives. One new twist is a $250,000 annual licensing payment that gives Boise State the ability to use Petersen’s name, image, voice and signature to market the school or sell merchandise. The deal requires those payments to be made to Chris Petersen Enterprises LLC. Earlier this year, the board approved giving Petersen a $375,000 raise for 2012.

Announced Baylor standout Brittney Griner will not play for the U.S. women’s basketball team at the London Olympics this summer. The 6-foot-8 Griner, who was considered a candidate for the 12th and final roster spot on the national team, citied an unspecified family illness and her summer school schedule when she said she would not be able to play.

• Wisconsin will allow freshman forward Jarrod Uthoff to transfer to any school outside the Big Ten, hoping to defuse a situation that has drawn national criticism. The school said Uthoff asked for permission to contact 16 schools and the Badgers rejected four of them. Uthoff appealed over three of those schools and met with Athletic Director Barry Alvarez and associate A.D. Justin Doherty. The officials then met with coach Bo Ryan and decided Uthoff can contact any school outside the Big Ten.

• Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien faces a July trial in a drunken boating case in Minnesota. Byfuglien’s attorney, Mitch Robinson, says a trial date was set for July 23 after he and prosecutors couldn’t reach a plea deal during a pretrial hearing in Hennepin County.

Signed The Baltimore Ravens signed former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Curtis Painter to a one-year contract. The 25-year-old Painter will compete with Tyrod Taylor to backup Baltimore starter Joe Flacco.

Hospitalized An Alabama football player was hospitalized after an early-morning fight, where shots were fired, said a person familiar with the situation. Receiver DeAndrew White is being held at DCH Regional Medical Center, the person said on condition of anonymity because neither Alabama nor the police have identified the individual.

Suspended New York Red Bulls defender Rafa Marquez was suspended for three games and San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Marvin Chavez for one game for separate actions during the MLS match on Saturday.

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