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John Calipari signs $86 million, 10-year extension with Kentucky

Kentucky coach John Calipari has signed a 10-year contract extension through 2029 worth $86 million that includes an option in the sixth year to step down and become a special assistant to the athletic director or university representative. Beginning with the 2024-25 season, Calipari has the option to step down and into the university position that will pay $950,000 annually.

Kaminsky, Calipari earn top honors

Frank Kaminsky, the 7-footer who anchored Wisconsin’s run to a second straight Final Four, is the runaway choice as the Associated Press’ player of the year. Kaminsky averaged 18.7 points and 8.0 rebounds while shooting 54.9 percent from the field and 41.5 percent from 3-point range as the Badgers ran up a 35-3 record and won the Big Ten regular season and tournament titles.

Chad: Kentucky is for horse racing

Norman Chad: I was recently apprised of the fact that Kentucky is unbeaten and unbeatable, and undoubtedly headed to status as the greatest team ever assembled. Really?

Kentucky gives John Calipari 7-year, $52.5 million deal

Kentucky has given coach John Calipari a seven-year, $52.5 million contract extension that will pay a base package of $6.5 million next season and $8 million over each of the final three seasons. Already one of college basketball’s highest-paid coaches, Calipari led the Wildcats to the 2012 NCAA championship and is coming off his third Final Four appearance, a 60-54 title-game loss to Connecticut in April. He has often been rumored as a potential coaching candidate for NBA coaching openings, most recently this spring with the Los Angeles Lakers. Calipari quickly reiterated his happiness with Kentucky. – AP

Kentucky took the hard way to verge of Final Four

INDIANAPOLIS – If the crew of growing-on-the-job freshmen at Kentucky find themselves in Dallas next week, nobody can tell them they didn’t take the toughest path possible. Their journey through the ups-and-downs of college basketball has been rough. And their road to the Final Four this year has looked, well, very much like the actual Final Four last year.

Kentucky adjusts to being ranked No. 1

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky coach John Calipari said his freshmen are “oblivious” to what it means being ranked No. 1 in the country. However, with the Wildcats atop the poll for the first time in nearly two years, Marquis Teague, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Anthony Davis are about to experience it firsthand.

Pac-10 salutes WSU’s Anderson

Track and field: Washington State’s Jeshua Anderson, four-time Pacific-10 Conference intermediate hurdles champion, three-time NCAA champion and newly crowned USA champion, is the Pac-10 Male Track Athlete of the Year, CEO Larry Scott announced Monday. On Sunday, Anderson won the USA Track & Field Championships in a school-record and U.S.-leading time of 47.93 seconds. He will represent the United States at both the World University Games Aug. 12-23, in Shenzhen, China, and at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics, Aug. 27-Sept. 4, at Daegu, South Korea.