Thomas introduced at Fla. International
Isiah Thomas will not make a dollar his first year coaching the men's basketball team at Florida International. The Hall of Famer's introduction to FIU on Wednesday - three days shy of the one-year anniversary of his firing as coach of the New York Knicks - included the revelation that he will donate his salary back to the school for his first season. School officials did not release the exact figure. Thomas, who also served as the Knicks' president, is still owed $12 million or so from the NBA team. "I did not come here for the money," he said. He will earn somewhere around $275,000 in the final four years of his deal at the school.
More basketball: : Western Carolina's Kellie Harper will replace the late Kay Yow as women's coach at North Carolina State, a person with knowledge of the decision told the Associated Press. ... Mississippi men's coach Andy Kennedy is nearing a resolution on a misdemeanor assault charge against him in Cincinnati. He faces up to six months in jail if convicted of punching a cabdriver Dec. 18. ... Former UCLA and Alabama-Birmingham men's coach Gene Bartow, 78, has been diagnosed with stomach cancer. ... Connecticut women's coach Geno Auriemma was introduced to run the U.S. women's team for the next three years, through the 2012 Olympics in London. ... Gonzaga forward Austin Daye, Texas swingman Damion James, Kentucky forward Patrick Patterson and Southern Miss guard Jeremy Wise will enter the NBA draft, but none of them will hire an agent. ... Georgetown said Big East Rookie of the Year Greg Monroe will be back for his sophomore season, but sophomore guard Omar Wattad will transfer.
Football: : Duke point guard Greg Paulus visited Michigan to explore the possibility of transferring there to play football, a Duke spokesman said. He would have one season of eligibility. ... Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis confirmed he talked with his family about whether they thought he should quit after last season, though he said he never wanted to leave.
Jags' Jones-Drew signs $31M deal
Running back Maurice Jones-Drew signed a five-year, $31 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars that includes $17.5 million guaranteed. Jones-Drew replaces Fred Taylor, who parted ways with Jacksonville in February. Jones-Drew totaled 6,003 all-purpose yards and scored 40 touchdowns the past three years.
Cardinals: : Coach Ken Whisenhunt said the team is listening to trade offers for Anquan Boldin, but Arizona officials maintain they want to retain the Pro Bowl wide receiver. "A few" teams have called about Boldin, Whisenhunt said.
Loyola women defeat G'town in lacrosse
The No. 14 Loyola women's lacrosse team erased a one-goal halftime deficit with a 4-0 run in the second half en route to beating No. 7 Georgetown, 13-11, on a rain-soaked Diane Geppi-Aikens Field. Cara Filipelli had three goals and an assist for Loyola (10-4, 3-3 Big East). Ashby Kaestner had a game-high eight points - six goals and two assists - for the Hoyas (10-4, 5-1).
Track and field: : Former Olympic 100-meter champion Justin Gatlin has reached an out-of-court settlement with the U.S. Olympic Committee, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, USA Track & Field and the International Association of Athletics Federations. Gatlin had sued those groups in federal court, saying his rights were violated under the Americans with Disabilities Act. He said he was discriminated against because his first of two doping violations, in 2001, was for taking prescribed medication to treat attention deficit disorder.
Soccer: : The Blast will have a celebration open to the public Thursday in Canton to mark its National Indoor Soccer League title. Players and coaches will be among those present at the 5:30 p.m. event, which will be held outside 1st Mariner Bank at 1501 S. Clinton St.
Elsewhere: : Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson beat out gymnastics teammate Nastia Liukin and several others for the Sullivan Award, given to the nation's top amateur athlete. She's the third gymnast to win it, and the first female after Kurt Thomas (1979) and Paul Hamm (2004). ... Broadcaster Merle Harmon, who in a career spanning more than 40 years called professional and college sports for NBC and ABC, died after a long illness in Arlington, Texas. He was 82. ... One-time Kentucky Derby favorite Old Fashioned has been retired from racing after knee surgery.