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Petersen gets 5-year deal

Football: Boise State coach Chris Petersen has agreed to a 5-year contract that will keep him at the school through 2014.

Boise State did not disclose financial terms of Petersen’s new contract, announced at Fiesta Bowl media day on Friday, and athletic director Gene Bleymaier said details were being completed. The deal must be approved by the state board of education.

Petersen is 48-4 in four seasons at Boise State and has led the sixth-ranked Broncos (13-0) to the Fiesta Bowl twice. They meet No. 3 Texas Christian on Monday night in Glendale, Ariz.

“I’m blessed to be here and appreciative,” Petersen said at a news conference at a resort hotel.

Petersen signed a five-year, $4.25 million contract after the Broncos’ first Fiesta Bowl appearance, in January 2007.

Bleymaier said the new agreement was reached a week ago, but officials decided to time the announcement for maximum publicity, with the Broncos basking in the BCS spotlight.

Petersen was asked if the contract included specific clauses allowing him and his staff to leave.

“I think that goes without saying if you don’t win enough games,” Petersen said, chuckling.

Bleymaier said the deal includes “the usual clauses.”

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Olympic hopeful in critical condition

Snowboarding: American Kevin Pearce was in critical condition at a Utah hospital Friday after suffering a head injury while training in Park City, his publicist said.

Pearce’s condition at University of Utah hospital in Salt Lake City hasn’t changed since undergoing surgery Thursday, Danielle Burch said.

Pearce, a top-ranked halfpipe rider with a good chance of making the U.S. Olympic team, was knocked unconscious when he hit his head during a training run on Thursday.

The 22-year-old from Norwich, Vt., was preparing for next week’s Olympic qualifying events in Mammoth Mountain, Calif.

Olympic halfpipes are essentially hollowed out ice shells, the sides of which rise up to 22 feet. Riders gain speed as they go from one side to another and fly several feet over the edges, where they flip and spin, often rotating 720 or 1,080 degrees on a single jump.

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