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Mississippi St's Mullen gets $4M-plus per year for 4 seasons (Yahoo Sports)

Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen watches the kicking team practice at Barry University, Monday, Dec. 29, 2014 in Miami Shores, Fla. Mississippi State will face Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl NCAA college football game on New Year's Eve. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

Mississippi State has announced a contract extension for coach Dan Mullen that will pay him more than $4 million per season for the next four years. The school says Mullen will be paid $4 million in 2015 and the average yearly salary of the contract is $4,275,000. Mullen led the Bulldogs to a 10-3 record last season, including a five-week stay at No. 1 in the national rankings. He has a 46-31 overall record at Mississippi State over six seasons, including five trips to bowl games.


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Football Polls - Week Final (Jan. 13)
  • AP Poll
  • 1. Ohio State
  • 2. Oregon
  • 3. TCU
  • 4. Alabama
  • 5. Florida State
  • 5. Michigan State
  • 7. Baylor
  • 8. Georgia Tech
  • 9. Georgia
  • 10. UCLA
  • Coaches Poll
  • 1. Ohio State
  • 2. Oregon
  • 3. TCU
  • 4. Alabama
  • 5. Michigan State
  • 6. Florida State
  • 7. Georgia Tech
  • 8. Baylor
  • 9. Georgia
  • 10. UCLA

Duquesne University football player from Florida kills self (Yahoo Sports)

A Duquesne University football player who also played for the University of Florida has killed himself. The Allegheny County medical examiner's office in Pittsburgh says 22-year-old Chris Johnson died Friday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Johnson was found in a car in Churchill, just east of Pittsburgh. The medical examiner ruled his death a suicide.

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Process gets underway to carve up $60 million Sandusky fine (Yahoo Sports)

Now that a settlement has cleared the way for $60 million from Penn State to be spent in Pennsylvania to address child sexual abuse, potential recipients are starting to think about how that money might be put to use. ''There's certainly a tremendous need,'' said Linda Rosenberg, executive director of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. ''In the area of child sexual abuse, I don't know if there's ever enough money to help support the need.'' The Jan. 16 deal that ended litigation by two state officials against Penn State and the NCAA split up the money, with $12 million being retained by the university and $48 million going to Rosenberg's agency. Penn State agreed to the $60 million fine in 2012, as part of a consent decree with the NCAA over the university's handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.

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No jail time for Nelson in assault on ex-football player (Yahoo Sports)

Issac Kolstad and his wife Molly, center, listened as his father, Blaine, right, speaks to the media in Mankato, Minn., Monday, March 2, 2015. At left is Kolstad's mother, Teresa. Former University of Minnesota and Rutgers quarterback Philip Nelson was sentenced Monday to 100 hours of community service for his part in a fight May 11 outside a Mankato nightclub that left Isaac Kolstad with a brain injury. (AP Photo/Star Tribune, Glen Stubbe)

Former University of Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson apologized in court Monday to a former Minnesota State football player who suffered a serious brain injury in a beating outside a nightclub last year. Nelson, 21, was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and won't have to serve jail time for his part in the May 11 attack on Isaac Kolstad.


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SEC's Slive leery of making freshman athletes ineligible (Yahoo Sports)

Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive says it would be best to wait until after the NCAA's initial eligibility rules take effect in 2016 before considering whether to limit freshmen eligibility.

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Men's Basketball RPI
  • Team RPI
  • 1. Kentucky
  • 2. Kansas
  • 3. Villanova
  • 4. Virginia
  • 5. Duke
  • 6. Wisconsin
  • 7. Arizona
  • 8. Gonzaga
  • 9. Baylor
  • 10. Maryland
  • Conference RPI
  • 1. Big 12
  • 2. Big East
  • 3. ACC
  • 4. Big Ten
  • 5. SEC
  • 6. Pac 12
  • 7. Atlantic 10
  • 8. American Athletic
  • 9. West Coast
  • 10. Mid-American

No. 25 Providence cruises past Marquette 77-66 (Yahoo Sports)

Providence forward LaDontae Henton (23) shoots a basket through the defense of Marquette center Luke Fischer (40) and guard Jajuan Johnson (23) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, March 1, 2015, in Providence, R.I. Providence defeated Marquette, 77-66. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

LaDontae Henton's experience paid off for the Providence Friars on Sunday. The senior had 25 points and 15 rebounds in a 77-66 win over Marquette. ''He was a possessed man today, and I mean that in a very professional way,'' Friars coach Ed Cooley said. ''He showed that urgency and willed us, especially when things were getting tight.'' Kris Dunn added 16 points and nine assists for the Friars (20-9, 10-6 Big East).


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Men's Basketball Polls - Week 17 (Mar. 2 - 8)
  • AP Poll
  • 1. Kentucky
  • 2. Virginia
  • 3. Duke
  • 4. Villanova
  • 5. Arizona
  • 6. Wisconsin
  • 7. Gonzaga
  • 8. Wichita State
  • 9. Kansas
  • 10. Maryland
  • Coaches Poll
  • 1. Kentucky
  • 2. Virginia
  • 3. Duke
  • 4. Villanova
  • 5. Wisconsin
  • 6. Arizona
  • 7. Gonzaga
  • 8. Wichita State
  • 9. Maryland
  • 10. Kansas

Former Washington basketball star Christian Welp dies at 51 (Yahoo Sports)

SEATTLE (AP) -- Christian Welp, the 7-foot German center who holds the University of Washington's career scoring record and played three seasons in the NBA, has died. He was 51.

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Purvis scores 28 to lead UConn to 81-73 upset of No. 21 SMU (Yahoo Sports)

Connecticut's Rodney Purvis right, celebrates with teammate Ryan Boatright, left, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, March 1, 2015, in Hartford, Conn. UConn won 81-73. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

UConn's Ryan Boatright isn't ready to give up on the idea of making it back to the NCAA tournament. Boatright scored 23 points and Rodney Purvis had a career-high 28 and the Huskies (17-11, 10-6 American) beat a ranked opponent for the first time this season, upsetting No. 21 SMU 81-73 on Sunday ''We finally got a signature win under our belt,'' Boatright said. ''It gives guys the confidence that we can compete with these teams.'' Daniel Hamilton scored 14 of his 16 points in the final 7:41 for UConn, which knocked the Mustangs (23-6, 14-3) out of first place in the American Athletic Conference. Markus Kennedy had 18 points to lead SMU, which had won five straight, 13 of its past 14 and 21 of its past 23 games.


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Grant: Alabama's Hale out for season with foot injury (Yahoo Sports)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama forward Shannon Hale will miss the rest of the season with a foot injury.

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