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Alvarez signs contract extension

MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin football coach Barry Alvarez, courted by the University of Miami, agreed to a contract extension Friday, saying he plans to finish his career with the Badgers.

Terms were not revealed, but Chancellor John Wiley described it as a competitive package. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on its Web site that the deal would increase Alvarez's annual compensation from just over $1 million to $1.5 million.

Miami was prepared to offer Alvarez a five-year deal worth about $1.4 million annually, but the coach said his decision wasn't about the money.

Destroyers re-sign a pair

The Buffalo Destroyers re-signed two members of last year's team and free-agent fullback-linebacker John Motton, a veteran of four Arena Football League seasons with the Iowa Barnstromers.

Lineman David Caldwell and defensive specialist Cyrill Weems are the holdovers. Caldwell, at 6-foot-3 and 285 pounds, has nine years of AFL experience.

Weems racked up 20 tackles, seven pass breakups and one interceptions in six games for Buffalo.

Motton set records for yards rushing in a game and longest run from scrimmage during his four seasons with Iowa. The Akron graduate played three years with the Hamilton TigerCats in the Canadian Football League and three seasons with the Birmingham Barracudas and Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the CFL.

Here and there

Shortstop Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees neared agreement on a 10-year contract worth just under $190 million. The progress was reported by a baseball official familiar with the negotiations who spoke on the condition he not be identified.

Carol Anne Letheren, one of the few women in the IOC and the Canadian official who asked Ben Johnson to return his gold medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, died Friday in Toronto. She was 58. Letheren collapsed from a brain aneurysm Wednesday night.

Top-seeded Martina Hingis defeated Ai Sugiyama of Japan, 6-0, 5-7, 6-2, advancing to the semifinals of the $1.2 million Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. Second-seeded Lindsay Davenport routed Iva Majoli of Croatia, 6-2, 6-0. Eighth-seeded Magdalena Maleeva of Bulgaria defeated Japan's Shinobu Asagoe, 6-1, 7-6, while third-seeded Anna Kournikova of Russia beat Anne-Gaelle Sidot of France, 7-6 (4), 6-2.

Steve Jaros had a 40-game pinfall total of 8,819 and a 5-3 match-play record to lead the PBA Tour's National Championship in Toledo, Ohio.

Craig Charron scored a pair of goals and goalie Mika Noronen stopped 25 shots to lead the Rochester Americans past the St. John's Maple Leafs, 4-1, in the American Hockey League.

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