College football Deal begins after 2010 regular season: Pac-10 and Alamo Bowl officials finalized a four-year deal Friday that will match...

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Deal begins after 2010 regular season: Pac-10 and Alamo Bowl officials finalized a four-year deal Friday that will match the conference’s No. 2 team against a Big 12 opponent. The arrangement will begin with the 2010 postseason.

The Alamo Bowl, played in San Antonio, reportedly will pay each participating school $3 million.

“We view it as a significant enhancement to the conference bowl lineup,” Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement.

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The Holiday Bowl, which will drop to third in the Pac-10 bowl order after this year’s game in San Diego, pays $2.3 million per team and was unwilling to match the offer.

“It’s all about money now,” Bruce Binkowski, Holiday Bowl executive director, recently told the Los Angeles Times. “More power to the Alamo Bowl.”

Pac-10 teams were 5-0 in bowl games last season but have been criticized for not having enough marquee arrangements after the Rose Bowl, played in Pasadena, Calif. The Alamo Bowl will have a Big Ten-Big 12 matchup Jan. 2.

The Pac-10 sent teams to the Alamo Bowl in 1993 and 1994, the bowl’s first two seasons. Washington State beat Baylor 10-3 in 1994.

Division II team cancels opener: Saint Paul’s College of Lawrenceville, Va., canceled today’s home game with West Virginia Wesleyan. The reason, according to Ken Tyler, West Virginia Wesleyan athletic director, was Saint Paul’s lack of equipment.

“It’s a real punch in the gut,” Tyler said. “Beyond that, I feel it was very unprofessional.”

Division II Saint Paul’s had ordered helmets and pads — but the shipment hadn’t arrived yet. The game will not be rescheduled.


Smith, Richardson suspended: League officials suspended Denver’s J.R. Smith and Phoenix’s Jason Richardson without pay after both were convicted of driving offenses.

Smith will sit out the Nuggets’ first seven games for pleading guilty to reckless driving in New Jersey.

Richardson will miss two games after he pleaded guilty to drunken driving in Arizona.

League officials said Smith’s suspension was also for his poor driving record. Smith was involved in an accident in 2007 that resulted in the death of a passenger in his car.


IOC offers to cover Vancouver budget deficit, if needed: The International Olympic Committee has made an unprecedented offer to help cover any budget deficit of the 2010 Vancouver Games because of the economic downturn.

IOC officials say they haven’t determined how much they would contribute. They hope to sign one or two more sponsors.

Vancouver’s Olympic organizing committee, VANOC, has a shortfall of about $37 million on its $1.75 billion operating budget.

Track and field

Isinbayeva sets record: Russian Yelena Isinbayeva set a world record of 16 feet, 7-¼ inches in the women’s pole vault at the Weltklasse meet in Zurich, Switzerland.

Usain Bolt of Jamaica won the men’s 100 meters in 9.81 seconds.

Shot-putter is shot dead at his home: David Laut, 52, who earned a bronze medal in the shot put at the 1984 Olympics, died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to law-enforcement officials.

Laut stepped outside of his home in Oxnard, Calif., to confront prowlers about midnight Thursday and was gunned down, police said. Police said they have no suspects.


Canucks add defensemen: The Vancouver Canucks added three veteran defensemen.

They acquired Christian Ehrhoff, 27, and Brad Lukowich, 33, in a trade with San Jose, sending center Patrick White, 20, and Daniel Rahimi, 22, to the Sharks.

The Canucks signed Mathieu Schneider, 40, a free agent, to a one-year contract. Schneider, who is recovering from shoulder surgery, played for Atlanta and Montreal last season.


Wozniacki, Vesnina advance: Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark and Elena Vesnina of Russia reached the final of the Pilot Pen in New Haven, Conn., winning semifinal matches that were moved from a 13,000-seat stadium to an indoor college court at Yale because of rain.

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