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COLLEGE BASKETBALLButler's Stevens gets new pact

Brad Stevens isn't leaving Butler any time soon. The coach who took the Bulldogs to the national title game and fell one bounce short of winning the championship has signed a 12-year deal that would keep him at the school through at least 2021-22. The school did not say how much the deal was worth. Last season, Stevens had a total compensation package of $750,000.

Hill out as Rutgers coach?

Fred Hill appears to be out as Rutgers basketball coach after four seasons. Hill was informed Thursday by the university that he wouldn't be retained because of multiple violations of the conduct clause in his contract, The Home News of New Brunswick reported, quoting a source close to the situation. The newspaper said that Hill has been offered a buyout and was deciding whether to accept it. Rutgers spokesman Kevin Lorincz said the university had no comment.

NHLBruins gain by beating Sabres

Dennis Wideman broke a tie early in the third period, giving host Boston a 3-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres and solidifying the Bruins' position in the Eastern Conference playoff race. With the win, Boston moved out of eighth place in the East and passed Philadelphia.

COLLEGE HOCKEYWisconsin trounces RIT

Wisconsin scored in the opening minutes of the first two periods and went on to rout Rochester Institute of Technology, 8-1, in the Frozen Four at Ford Field in Detroit. John Mitchell scored 1:27 into the game and Jordy Murray made it 3-0 at 2:18 of the second, allowing Wisconsin to coast against the overmatched Tigers. The game was played at the home of the NFL's Detroit Lions.

Fighting Sioux name is gone

A North Dakota Supreme Court ruling and a Board of Higher Education decision have retired for good the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname after a four-year legal battle. The court ruled that the board had the authority to dump the nickname at any time. The court rejected an appeal that sought to delay action.

NBADelay in approving Nets owner

Russian tycoon Mikhail Prokhorov is probably going to have to wait a little longer before becoming the new owner of the Nets. The NBA announced that its Board of Governors probably won't vote next week on whether to approve Prokhorov's proposal to buy the Nets because the state of New York has not taken over all the land seized under eminent domain at the site of the team's new Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Joel Litvin, the NBA's president of league and basketball operations, said the background check on Prokhorov and review of the proposed sale have been completed. Litvin said the site possession is the only factor affecting the timing of the vote. Prokhorov agreed last December to buy 80 percent of the Nets and 45 percent of the new arena. - AP

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