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Kansas' Self inks 10-year, $30 million deal

The Baltimore Sun

Bill Self, the Kansas basketball coach who guided the Jayhawks to their first NCAA men's title in 20 years, signed a 10-year, $30 million contract yesterday.

The deal had been in the works since April, when the Jayhawks came from nine points down in the final minutes to beat Memphis for the title and he subsequently turned down an offer to return to Oklahoma State, his alma mater.

Kansas and Self, 45, said in April he had agreed to the deal while the details were worked on. Kansas also agreed to big raises for his staff as well as improvements to the school's basketball facilities. Self is 142-32 in five seasons there.

"This will take me to 55 if both parties want to continue, which hopefully will happen," said Self, whose previous contract paid him $1.61 million annually and had three years remaining. The new deal is retroactive to April 1.

* More college basketball A former Toledo guard has been charged with point shaving, according to a federal bill of information filed in June in U.S. District Court in Detroit. Sammy Villegas, who played four years at Toledo and has followed that with a professional career in his native Puerto Rico, is accused of shaving points in games during the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons. The case comes a little more than a year after a Toledo football player was accused in a gambling scheme, though the charges against him were dropped. A school spokesman described the cases as isolated incidents. An attorney for Villegas could not be reached for comment.

* NBA The Washington Wizards will play on both Thanksgiving Day and Christmas, a first in franchise history. The team's 2008-09 schedule starts at home against New Jersey on Oct. 29 and ends on the road against defending champion Boston on April 15. In between, the Wizards host Orlando on Nov. 27 and play at Cleveland on Dec. 25; both holiday games will be televised nationally. *Auto racing Martin Truex Jr. agreed to a contract extension with Dale Earnhardt Inc. that keeps him in the No. 1 Chevrolet at least through 2009. Now that he is signed, the sides are working on a longer deal. He is 17th in the Sprint Cup standings.

* NHLThe Washington Capitals signed center David Steckel to a one-year extension for the 2009-10 season. Steckel, 26, had five goals and seven assists last season.

* Outdoors Tommy Hinkle of Berlin leads the White Marlin Open with an 81-pound catch. Hinkle landed his white marlin aboard the Fish Whistle in the annual Ocean City competition. Bill Scott of Baltimore and John Conrad of Lititz, Pa., were tied for second at 71.5 pounds. The event, which began Monday, runs through tomorrow.

* Et cetera Kim Terrell-Kearney won the first professional championship match featuring two black bowlers, beating Trisha Reid, 216-189, in the U.S. Bowling Congress' U.S. Women's Open in Romeoville, Ill. ... The U.S. men's soccer team dropped one spot to 31st in the FIFA world rankings, matching its low since 1997. ... Archipenko won the draw for the Arlington Million, taking the No. 1 post position for Saturday's 1 1/4 -mile race at Arlington Park in Arlington Heights, Ill. ... Co-medalist Amanda Blumenherst beat Lizette Salas, 2 and 1, in the first round of match play in the U.S. Women's Amateur in Eugene, Ore.

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