UCF, O'Leary close in on extension
ORLANDO — UCF is on the verge of signing football coach George O'Leary to a two-year extension, the Orlando Sentinel reported Sunday. Athletic director Todd Stansbury said he hopes the contract can be finalized this week.
O'Leary, 66, signed a 10-year contract in 2006 set to end after the 2015 season. Financial terms of the extension were not disclosed. O'Leary is set to make $998,073 in base salary during the final three years of the current contract with the chance to earn up to $1.5 million for success on the field and in the classroom.
O'Leary, who was unavailable for comment, is 60-55 over nine seasons at UCF, including 34-19 over the past four. The Knights went 10-4 last season, including a loss in the Conference USA title game and a win in the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl in St. Petersburg.
The upcoming season will be UCF's first in the conference currently called the Big East, which also includes USF.
"(The extension) brings stability and (helps) in recruiting," Stansbury said. "He is graduating his student-athletes and has two 10-win seasons in the last three years.
"And with the conference changes, it provides a steady hand at the wheel."
Bulls rally for victory
Brandon High graduate James Ramsay hit a walkoff bases-loaded triple to cap a six-run ninth that gave host USF a 9-8 victory over Toledo. USF (4-6) took two of three in the series. … Richie Martin (Bloomingdale High) doubled to begin a four-run third that helped host Florida beat Miami 6-3. The Gators (5-7) have won two in a row since a six-game skid and has won four straight series against UM (10-2).
Softball: Alyssa Bache (East Lake High) and two others achieved Florida's first combined perfect game, an 11-0 win over visiting Presbyterian. Hannah Rogers retired the first nine batters, Lauren Haeger the next three and Bache, the Tampa Bay Times’ All-Suncoast pitcher of the year in 2011, the final three for the Gators (22-1).
Moss to leave 49ers
WR Randy Moss indicated he plans to play next season but not with the 49ers. He tweeted: "Wished we could've finished the job!! thanks for the opportunity an good luck in the future 9ers." Moss, 36, ended a one-year retirement last season. He caught 28 passes and three touchdowns.
Female kicker: The tryout for Lauren Silberman, the first woman at a region combine, was quick. Silberman, 28, a club soccer player at Wisconsin, sent kickoffs 19 and 13 yards, then left the field in Florham Park, N.J. She said she aggravated a right quad injury sustained while practicing last week. "I've always been a gamer," she said while fighting back tears. "When I had the opportunity to be in the NFL, one of the world's most competitive leagues, I absolutely had to take the chance."
Soccer: Jozy Altidore broke Clint Dempsey's record for goals by an American in a European season with his 24th in AZ Alkmaar's 2-1 loss at RKC Waalwijk in the Dutch league. Altidore, 23, has 17 goals in league play and seven in the Dutch Cup. Last season, Dempsey scored 23 for Fulham, including 17 in the English Premier League.
Skiing: Slovenia's Tina Maze was put under police protection for a super-G race in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, after an emailed death threat. It was received Saturday, shortly after she won a downhill to become the first skier to earn more than 2,000 points in a season.
Iditarod: The sled dog race of about 1,000 miles began with 65 mushers taking off from the starting line in Willow, Alaska.