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UCLA extends Jim Mora's contract through 2017

After a 9-5 season with the Bruins, Mora saw attention from Auburn, Tennessee and the San Diego Chargers.

January 11, 2013|Staff and wire reports
  • UCLA Coach Jim Mora has received a one-year contract extension from the university after taking the football team to a 9-5 record.
UCLA Coach Jim Mora has received a one-year contract extension from the… (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles…)

UCLA Coach Jim Mora received a one-year contract extension that will run through the 2017 season. Terms of the deal were not released. Mora signed a five-year $11.235-million contract in December of 2011.

The Bruins had a 9-5 record and won the Pac-12 South Division in 2012, their best record since the 2005 season. UCLA lost to Baylor in the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl. The first-year success brought interest in Mora from Auburn and Tennessee, as well as the San Diego Chargers.

The negotiations not only produced the contract extension, but UCLA has agreed to increase pay for assistant coaches and push forward with a new football complex.

— Chris Foster

ETC.

Kobe and Vanessa Bryant reconcile

Kobe and Vanessa Bryant are staying together. The Lakers superstar and his wife both announced on social media that they've called off their divorce.

Shortly after Vanessa posted the news on Instagram, Kobe confirmed it on Facebook less than an hour before the Lakers hosted the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night.

The Ducks hired former defenseman Scott Niedermayer as an assistant to Coach Bruce Boudreau. Niedermayer, 39, has been retired since 2010 and served as a hockey operations consultant to the team since.

After winning three Stanley Cups with the New Jersey Devils, Niedermayer came to the Ducks in 2005, was soon named captain and was a member of their 2007 Stanley Cup championship team. The six-time NHL all-star is the Ducks' career leader in goals, assists, points and power play goals among defenseman.

— Lance Pugmire

There will be more Stanley Cup memories when the Kings visit the White House later this season. AEG's Tim Leiweke said that a visit has been tentatively scheduled and that the Kings and the MLS champion Galaxy will go on the same day.

Two days into his PGA Tour career, Russell Henley was in the record book.

Henley putted for birdie on every hole Friday on his way to a second straight round of a seven-under 63, giving him a two-shot lead over fellow rookie Scott Langley and Scott Piercy in the Sony Open at Honolulu.

He was at 14-under 126, breaking the 36-hole tournament scoring record by two shots.

"It's pretty surreal," Henley said.

The previous 36-hole record at the Sony Open was 128 by five players, most recently John Cook in 2002.

Matt Kuchar made eagle on the 18th hole to finish off a 63. He was three shots behind.

Dustin Johnson, who won last week at Kapalua, withdrew after playing nine holes because of the flu.

Louis Oosthuizen made a long birdie putt at the final green to take a one-shot lead after the second round of the Volvo Champions at Durban, South Africa.

Oosthuizen had an eight-under 64 for a 12-under 132 total, one shot ahead of Scotland's Scott Jamieson (64) and Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee (68).

The Angels have hired Mark Langston as their new radio analyst, replacing Jose Mota. Langston, who pitched eight of his 16 major league seasons for the Angels, will join Terry Smith in the radio booth. Mota will become an analyst on the Angels' Spanish-language television broadcasts.

— Bill Shaikin

Top-seeded David Ferrer beat second-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber, 7-6 (5), 6-1 on Saturday to win the Heineken Open title at Auckland, New Zealand, for the third straight year and fourth time overall.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. started a 12-car accident at Daytona International Speedway in Florida that essentially shut down a three-day test session designed to hone NASCAR's redesigned cars.

Stock-car racing's most popular driver was trying to bump draft with Marcus Ambrose on the back straightaway when he lifted Ambrose "like a forklift" and turned him into the wall. Ambrose's Ford bounced back across the track and triggered a pileup that collected a host of others.

"It was a big mess and tore up a lot of cars down here trying to work on their stuff," Earnhardt said. "Definitely the drafting is not like it used to be. You can't really tandem certain cars; certain cars don't match up well."

There were no injuries, but the wreck caused several teams to leave Daytona.

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The Washington Wizards said point guard John Wall has received "full medical clearance" and will make his season debut Saturday night against the Atlanta Hawks.

The former No. 1 overall pick has been sidelined since being diagnosed with a stress injury to his left kneecap in September.

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