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March 23, 2013 at 11:00 PM   |   Comments

Pitt gives Jamie Dixon 10-year extension

PITTSBURGH, March 23 (UPI) -- The University of Pittsburgh announced Saturday it has given head men's basketball Coach Jamie Dixon a 10-year contract extension.

Athletic Director Steve Pederson said the move will keep Dixon at Pittsburgh through the 2022-23 season.

There had been reports the coach was being considered for a vacant position at the University of Southern California.

"Pitt and Pittsburgh are home," Dixon said in a release. "My family and I feel blessed to be part of such a great institution and wonderful city. It is the people who truly make a place special."

Dixon collected the extension after taking the Panthers to the NCAA Tournament for the ninth time during his 10 years behind the bench. They were eliminated by Wichita State in Thursday's second round.

In his decade at the school, Dixon, 47, has amassed a 262-86 overall record.


Woods, seeking No. 1, leads in Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla., March 23 (UPI) -- Tiger Woods fired a 6-under 66 Saturday, grabbing the lead of the Arnold Palmer Invitational after three rounds in his quest to regain the world No. 1 ranking.

Woods used a strong finish, including an eagle with a 20-foot putt at the 16th, and took advantage of a struggling Justin Rose to wrest control of the leaderboard as the round came to an end.

He finished the day at 11-under 205, two strokes ahead of Rose, who bogeyed three of his last six holes to card an even-par 72.

Rickie Fowler (67) and John Huh (71) shared second place with Rose at 9-under.

Woods will be seeking his eighth career win at the event. Only Sam Snead has won a single tournament that many times -- he took the Greater Greensboro Open in 1938, 1946, 1949, 1950, 1955, 1956, 1960 and 1965.

Should he hang on for the win, Woods will be world No. 1 for the first time since late 2010.


Yankees sign pitcher Chien-Ming Wang

NEW YORK, March 23 (UPI) -- Pitcher Chien-Ming Wang signed a minor-league contract with the New York Yankees, the team he spent five previous seasons with, the team said Saturday.

Wang missed the 2010 season due to shoulder surgery and spent the past two seasons with the Washington Nationals.

The Yankees inked Wang, 32, after he threw 12 shutout innings for Taiwan's national team in this month's World Baseball Classic.

Wang signed with New York in 2005 and compiled a 55-36 record over five seasons with a 4.16 ERA. He was 2-3 with a 6.68 ERA for the Nationals in 10 games last season, including five starts.


Bulls analyst Gill suspended for season

CHICAGO, March 23 (UPI) -- Chicago Bulls television analyst Kendall Gill was suspended for the NBA the season over a fight with another TV sportscaster, Comcast SportsNet Chicago said.

Gill got into a physical altercation with Tim Doyle of the Big Ten Network during a recent taping at the CSN studio.

"We have made a decision to not have Kendall Gill appear on our air for the remainder of the Bulls season," the station said in a written statement. "We will re-evaluate our current position on this matter during the off-season."

Gill and Doyle scuffled over remarks Doyle made in response to Gill's take on a controversial call by the officials in Chicago's Monday night overtime loss to the Denver Nuggets.

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