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Sat., May 26, 2012

Signed The University of Montana announced that head basketball coaches Wayne Tinkle and Robin Selvig signed three-year contract extensions through the 2014-15 season. Interim athletics director Jean Gee announced the new contracts Friday. Tinkle has posted a 116-71 record in six seasons and has led the Grizzlies to three straight 20-win seasons. Montana went 25-7 last season, winning the Big Sky Conference regular season and tournament titles and advancing to the NCAA tournament. Selvig has a 774-247 record in 34 seasons as the women’s coach. His teams have posted 32 winning seasons and advanced to the NCAA tournament 19 times. Selvig’s base salary is nearly $142,000, while Tinkle’s is $135,000. Both receive a $500 monthly car allowance, pay for coach’s shows, camps and product endorsements.

Mike Woodson will return as New York Knicks coach after leading them to their first playoff victory in 11 years. The Knicks removed the interim tag and announced they had given Woodson a multiyear contract extension, rewarding him for a terrific finish to what had been a turbulent season. Woodson led the Knicks to an 18-6 record after replacing Mike D’Antoni on March 14. The Knicks lost 4-1 to the Miami Heat in the first round, snapping an NBA-record, 13-game postseason losing streak by winning Game 4 for their first victory since 2001. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

Fined The NBA fined Miami coach Erik Spoelstra $25,000 for “critical public comments” about officiating in the Eastern Conference series with the Indiana Pacers. Spoelstra made the comments before Miami’s shootaround Thursday in Indianapolis, hours before the Heat beat the Pacers in Game 6 to win the series. Spoelstra was quoted by several media outlets saying the NBA “does not have a problem” with Indiana committing hard fouls on Heat stars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. Spoelstra told reporters he counted more than 12 instances where Heat players were struck in the face by the Pacers this season.

Suspended Major League Soccer suspended Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Osvaldo Alonso for two games and fined him for using what it termed excessive force during a game against the Columbus Crew. The league said Alonso left his feet and showed his studs, endan- gering Crew midfielder Cole Grossman during Seattle’s 2-0 loss on Wednesday. The league also suspended L.A. Galaxy midfielder Hector Jimenez for one game and fined him for a similar infraction during the Galaxy’s game Wednes- day against the San Jose Earthquakes. Jimenez received a red card, which carries an automatic one game suspension, so he will miss a total of two games. The amount of the fines was not disclosed.

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