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Dec. 3, 2012 at 11:03 PM   |   Comments

South Carolina extends Spurrier's contract

COLUMBIA, S.C., Dec. 3 (UPI) -- The University of South Carolina said Monday it has extended the contract of head football Coach Steve Spurrier through 2017.

Gamecocks Athletics Director Ray Tanner said the decision was made to add two more years to Spurrier's current deal after the team finished 10-2 in the regular season following a school-record 11-2 mark last year, which ended with a Capital One Bowl win over Nebraska.

"We have had another tremendous year on the football field, winning 10 games for the second straight year and for just the third time in school history," Tanner said.

The 67-year-old, seven-time SEC Coach of the Year has compiled a 65-37 record in eight seasons, taking the Gamecocks to five consecutive bowl games, including this year's match-up against Michigan in the Outback Bowl.

"We have achieved a lot of goals but have not yet won the SEC Championship," the coach said. "Hopefully, we can do that within the next couple of years."


Manziel, Te'o, Klein are Heisman finalists

NEW YORK, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Quarterbacks Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, Collin Klein of Kansas State and Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o Monday were named Heisman Trophy finalists.

The 2012 Heisman Trophy award is set be handed out Saturday in New York.

Redshirt freshman Manziel turned in a fabulous year for the Aggies, passing for 3,418 yards and 24 touchdowns while also running for 19 scores en route to 1,181 rushing yards.

No freshman has ever won the award, and neither has a linebacker, but Te'o, a senior, could be the first after intercepting seven passes and leading undefeated Notre Dame's stingy defense as it prepares to compete against Alabama for a national title in the Jan. 7 BCS Championship game.

Senior signal-caller Klein, meanwhile, amassed 2,490 aerial yards and 15 touchdowns for the Wildcats, who will play Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl.

Klein also ran for 22 touchdowns on his way to 890 rushing yards for the Big 12 Conference champs.


Records show earlier Belcher incidents

BANGOR, Maine, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, who died last week a murder-suicide, was cited for several disturbances while in college, records indicate.

Police say Belcher killed his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins in their Kansas City home Saturday before going to Arrowhead Stadium, where he shot himself in the presence of the team's coach and general manager.

Belcher's name appeared at least three times on police reports released by his alma mater, the University of Maine, The Bangor (Maine) Daily News reported Monday.

It said the records show that while a freshman in 2006, Belcher was upset over a woman and punched a dormitory window. A report from the next year indicated officers responded to a noise complaint involving Belcher and his girlfriend.

A third report showed a request by Belcher to be let into a building.

In the 2006 incident, police wrote "Belcher was upset over a girl and punched a window out. There was a lot of blood outside of the west entrance and in the lobby" of the dorm hall.

Former Black Bears teammate Mike Brusko told the newspaper the incident followed a bout of heavy drinking.


Giants sign Angel Pagan to four-year deal

NASHVILLE, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Outfielder Angel Pagan has re-signed with the San Francisco Giants for four years, the team announced Monday at baseball's winter meetings.

Terms of the deal weren't released, but multiple reports indicated it is worth $40 million and is pending a physical exam.

Pagan posted a career year during the Giants' run to the 2012 World Series championship, hitting .288 with eight home runs and 56 RBI, including 38 doubles and a major-league best 15 triples.

The seven-year pro -- who reportedly turned down a similar offer from Philadelphia -- has compiled a .281 average with 41 home runs and 265 RBI in his career with the Giants, New York Mets and the Chicago Cubs.

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