Agreed The University of New Mexico says it has reached an agreement in principal with former basketball coach Steve Alford over his buyout. Alford said in April he was willing to pay a $200,000 buyout for leaving the Albuquerque school to take the job at UCLA, but he wouldn’t pay the $1 million payment that New Mexico wanted. Under the agreement announced Friday, the net benefit of the buyout will be $625,000. That includes a $300,000 payment and certain bonuses Alford had agreed to forego.
Added Kansas State said sophomore forward Brandon Bolden is joining the Wildcats after leaving Georgetown. Coach Bruce Weber announced Bolden’s decision. Bolden will sit out next season as required by the NCAA, but has three years of eligibility remaining.
Signed The Oakland Raiders signed free-agent punter Chris Kluwe as a possible replacement for the departed Shane Lechler. Oakland released punter Bobby Cowan but still has Marquette King on the roster.
• United States defender Steve Cherundolo signed a one-year contract extension with Hannover, six days after the captain set a club record for Bundesliga appearances. He appeared in his 299th Bundesliga game last Saturday against Bayer Leverkusen.
Lifted European soccer’s governing body has cut Malaga’s ban from two years to one for not meeting its financial fair-play regulations. While the club remains barred from European competition next season for failing to pay player wages and taxes on time, Malaga said the penalty was lifted for 2014-15.
Underwent Washington guard C.J. Wilcox has undergone surgery on his left foot to stabilize a stress fracture that bothered him for much of his junior season. Wilcox’s surgery stabilized the fifth metatarsal in his left foot. He is expected to make a full recovery in time for the start of the 2013-14 basketball season.
Arrested New York Jets running back Mike Goodson is facing drug and weapons charges after a New Jersey traffic stop. Sgt. Adam Grossman said Goodson and 31-year-old driver Garant Evans were charged with marijuana possession, drug paraphernalia possession and weapons offenses after a handgun was found in the vehicle.
Out USA Wrestling said that Iran has pulled out of a dual meet set for Sunday in Los Angeles. The organization said that the Iranian Wrestling Federation told them the team’s schedule has changed and that it has returned to Iran. No further reasons were given for Iran’s departure. USA Wrestling says it will instead host Russian and Canadian teams Sunday in a “United 4 Wrestling” event at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.
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