Calipari gets $52.5M deal
Kentucky gave coach John Calipari a $52.5 million, seven-year contract extension that will pay a base package of $6.5 million next season and $8 million over each of the final three seasons.
Already one of college basketball’s highest-paid coaches, Calipari led the Wildcats to the 2012 NCAA championship and is coming off his third Final Four appearance in five years with Kentucky. The Wildcats lost to Connecticut in the title game. He has often been rumored as a potential candidate for NBA coaching openings, most recently this spring with the Los Angeles Lakers.
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Besides building a 152-37 record at Kentucky, Calipari has established himself as a master recruiter in landing top-three freshman classes annually. That includes next year’s group which figures to make the Wildcats a title contender again, and with this contract the school appears to have locked him in for the long term.
A student who said she was sexually assaulted by three members of the Oregon men’s basketball team sent an open letter to the school newspaper in which she asserts the athletic department prioritizes winning over student safety.
The statement marks the unidentified woman’s first public comment on the matter. The woman met the players at a party March 8, the same night the Ducks finished the regular season. The woman’s father soon called police.
The university was informed of the ensuing investigation but allowed two of the players, Dominic Artis and Damyean Dotson, to compete in the NCAA tournament. The third player, Brandon Austin, could not suit up because of NCAA transfer rules.
Investigators determined in late April there wasn’t enough evidence to prosecute the players. Though they were not charged with a crime, the players were kicked off the team last month.
Arizona signs Bucannon
The Arizona Cardinals signed first-round pick Deone Bucannon to a four-year deal.
The Cardinals selected the big-hitting strong safety out of Washington State with the 27th overall selection in last month’s draft after Arizona traded down from the No. 20 spot, getting New Orleans’ first-round pick and a third-round selection.
The contract is worth $7.7 million, including a $3.9 million signing bonus to be paid in increments of $981,000 over each of the four years. A total of $6.9 million is guaranteed because he gets the first three years’ salary under NFL rules. The contract includes a fifth-year team option.
Bucannon is the highest-drafted player from Washington State since the Seahawks took cornerback Marcus Trufant at No. 11 in 2003.
The Chicago Bears agreed to a one-year contract with former Notre Dame and Carolina Panthers quarterback Jimmy Clausen.
A court in Noblesville, Ind., suspended Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay’s driver’s license for one year after his arrest for driving while intoxicated.
Irsay refused a blood test after his March 16 arrest in Carmel, a suburb of Indianapolis. Indiana law requires a one-year license suspension for refusing such a test.
MLS fines three players
Major League Soccer fined one player for striking at the head and two for flopping. The league said its disciplinary committee sanctioned Kansas City defender Igor Juliao for striking D.C. United’s Davy Arnaud in the head or face May 31, and Montreal defender Hassoun Camara and Vancouver midfielder Sebastian Fernandez for attempting to draw fouls.
Mystics defeat Sun
Kia Vaughn had 16 points and eight rebounds as the Washington Mystics beat the host Connecticut Sun 74-66.
Monique Currie had 12 points and five rebounds for the Mystics (4-2). Rookie Chiney Ogwumike had 16 points and nine rebounds for Connecticut (2-6).
In another game, Sophia Young-Malcolm scored 18 points, hitting eight of her nine shots, to help San Antonio beat host New York 87-75.
Stanley Cup ratings strong
The Kings’ overtime victory averaged 4,777,000 viewers, making it NBC’s second-most watched Game 1 and the second-most watched opener overall since 1999. NBC won Wednesday night’s prime time among viewers 18 to 49 with a 1.9 rating.
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