Out Boise State running back D.J. Harper will miss the rest of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Harper was injured in Friday’s 51-34 victory over Fresno State when he was smothered in the backfield late in the game. Harper is one of two tailbacks who share carries for the No. 8 Broncos (3-0). Jeremy Avery is the Broncos’ leading rusher with 297 yards on 45 carries.
Fighting Former NFL running back Herschel Walker is starting a new career in mixed martial arts. The 47-year-old said that he has signed a multi-fight contract with promoter Strikeforce. Walker will begin a 12-week training camp next month in San Jose, Calif.
Arrested Former Detroit Lions and Michigan State receiver Charles Rogers has pleaded guilty to a drunken-driving charge. The 28-year-old Saginaw, Mich., native pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle while visibly impaired. Rogers was arrested Wednesday after police officers say he failed sobriety tests in the Detroit suburb of Novi. Sentencing was set for Nov. 10. Defense attorney Justin Barnett says he expects Rogers to receive probation.
Extended Maryland men’s basketball coach Gary Williams has received a one-year extension on his contract, which could keep him at the job into 2013. Williams’ contract includes automatic extensions for achieving benchmark standards by the Terrapins, both athletically and academically. Williams is entering his 21st season as head coach at his alma mater. He is the winningest coach in Maryland history (418) and ranks sixth among active coaches (625).
Hired The Phoenix Coyotes hired Dave King as an assistant coach and Sean Burke as their new goaltending coach. Burke replaces Hall of Famer Grant Fuhr, who has been Phoenix’s goalie coach since 2004 and will become director of goaltender development. Coyotes general manager Don Maloney says associate coach Ulf Samuelsson will continue to serve as interim head coach since Wayne Gretzky’s status remains in limbo.
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