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Retired Bobsledder Todd Hays has been forced to retire with a head injury sustained in a crash in Germany that was more serious than originally expected. Hays returned to the U.S. for treatment following the crash last Wednesday during training for a World Cup race. An MRI revealed blood in his brain after he was originally thought to have a concussion. The U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation said in a release Monday night that Hays was advised to retire because additional brain trauma could cause irreversible damage.

Named Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer Jennifer Gillom on Monday was named the head coach of the Los Angeles Sparks, a team for which she once played. Gillom replaces Michael Cooper, who is now head coach of the Southern California women’s basketball team. Gillom spent 2008 as an assistant coach for the Minnesota Lynx and was promoted to interim head coach in June.

Extended Fresno State football coach Pat Hill will get a contract extension to stay at the school beyond the 2010 season. Hill and the school announced Sunday night that the sides have agreed to a new contract. Hill’s current deal expires after next season.

Hired Mississippi State defensive coordinator Carl Torbush is leaving to take the same job at Kansas. The move was announced by new Jayhawks coach Turner Gill. Torbush was a head coach at Louisiana Tech and North Carolina and defensive coordinator at Alabama, Ole Miss and Texas A&M. Gill also said former San Diego State head coach Chuck Long will be Kansas’ offensive coordinator.

Fired Pennsylvania fired head basketball coach Glen Miller after the Quakers dropped their first seven games, a rare early-season college coaching change for a program that not long ago was a regular in the NCAA tournament. The Quakers replaced Miller on an interim basis with former school great Jerome Allen, who served under Miller as an assistant coach. Miller was 45-52 overall since being hired in 2006 to replace the departed Fran Dunphy. In his first season, Miller led the Quakers to a 22-9 record and an NCAA tournament appearance, but Penn has declined steadily since.

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