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Henry comes up short

The University at Buffalo's Asia Henry failed to qualify for the finals of the women's 800 meter run at the NCAA Division I Track & Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. Henry did, however, break the school record that has stood since 2004.

Henry, a junior, finished in 14th place out of 24 runners in a time of 2:04.65, breaking the school mark held by Allison Laske (2:04.81), the last UB runner to compete in the nationals. Henry came in fourth place in her heat, the first of the event.


Coughlin stays put

The oldest coach to win a Super Bowl will get at least three more shots at adding to his total.

Tom Coughlin on Wednesday signed a two-year contract extension through the 2014 season with the New York Giants. The 65-year-old Coughlin, who led the team to its second Super Bowl under him in February, has coached the Giants since 2004. His contract was in its final year.

"It has always been my belief that it is an honor and a privilege to be the head coach of the New York Giants," said Coughlin. "I'm thankful to (co-owners) John Mara and Steve Tisch and their families for their support and the recognition of what our players and coaches have accomplished. And I'm grateful for the working relationship Jerry Reese and I have. We've got a lot of work left to do."

Coughlin became the oldest coach with a Super Bowl title this year, and also took the Giants to the 2007 title. New York beat New England in the Super Bowl both times.


Hockey great Krutov dies

Vladimir Krutov, one of the Soviet Union's all-time great ice hockey players and part of the national team's formidable KLM Line, has died. He was 52.

The Russian Hockey Federation said Krutov died Wednesday. It did not give a cause of death, but the ITAR-Tass news agency said he had been taken to a hospital several days earlier for stomach bleeding.

Krutov and his CSKA teammates Igor Larionov and Sergei Makarov formed one of the most potent scoring lines that hockey has ever seen, and led the Soviet team to gold in the 1984 and 1988 Olympics.


Karolyi not done yet

Hold off on that retirement party for Martha Karolyi.

USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny said "there's no real talk of us making any changes" after the London Olympics. Karolyi turns 70 on Aug. 29, and had long said she planned to retire as women's national team coordinator after London. But she started hedging on that last year, particularly after several people in the program asked her to reconsider.

The U.S. women have won 46 world and 13 Olympic medals since Karolyi took over in 2001. That includes their only three world team titles.

From News Staff and wire service reports