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Tressel gets two-year contract extension from Ohio State


Roddick alive, Blake out at Indian Wells

Andy Roddick defeated Thiemo de Bakker 6-3, 6-4 to reach the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open along with Andy Murray, while second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki advanced to the women's quarterfinals in Indian Wells, Calif.

Roddick, a semifinalist here last year, improved his record to 17-3 this season, all on hardcourts. He served 10 aces and saved the only service break he faced in the first set.

The fourth-seeded Murray served seven aces and was broken just once in beating Michael Russell 6-3, 7-5.

Tampa resident James Blake joined Russell as another sidelined American, losing 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to Nicolas Almagro. Roddick and John Isner are the lone U.S. men left, with Isner facing No. 3 Rafael Nadal today.

Wozniacki advanced with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 victory over 16th-seeded Nadia Petrova.


Talladega tests spoilers at 200 mph

Speeds exceeded 200 mph during NASCAR's spoiler test at Talladega Superspeedway.

NASCAR plans to switch from a rear wing to a traditional spoiler, perhaps next week at Martinsville Speedway, and Tuesday's test was the first time a large group of cars have been on track with the spoiler. There were 25 teams at the test.

NASCAR called teams into the garage to change the size of the restrictor plate, which controls speeds.

"Overall I'd say we have a thumbs up with the spoiler," driver Kurt Busch said. "We might need to trim the spoiler a little bit to balance out the drag, because right now the lead car can get out there, but he can't go anywhere, and it invites everybody else to suck up really easy."


Soccer: Jose Mourinho led Inter Milan to a 1-0 victory over the Blues in his first game coaching at Stamford Bridge in London since 2007. With a 3-1 aggregate win in the home-and-home, total-goals series, the Italian club advanced to the European Champions League quarterfinals for the first time in four years. In the other second-round game, CSKA Moscow won 2-1 at Sevilla to advance on 3-2 aggregate and reach the quarterfinals for the first time.

iditarod: Lance Mackey, 39, won the 1,100-mile sled dog race, finishing in Nome, Alaska, to become the first musher in the event's 38-year history to win four consecutive races. His time was eight days, 23 hours and 59 minutes.

Times wires

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tressel gets 2-year extension from buckeyes

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State added two years to football coach Jim Tressel's contract and offered him an administrative job when he retires.

The nine-year coach of the Buckeyes had his original contract, signed in 2006 and amended twice more, extended through the 2014 season Tuesday.

"We wanted to reward Jim for his exemplary work with our football program and lock him in as our coach for an additional two years," athletic director Gene Smith said.

Tressel, 94-21 at Ohio State, makes about $3.5 million a year. He will be 62 when the extension ends.

TOP RECRUIT TO USC: Seantrel Henderson, an offensive lineman considered the nation's top recruit this year, will sign with Southern California on Thursday, his father said Monday. He said in February he would attend USC, but waited to sign because of possible Trojans sanctions. Any punishment remains unknown, but Henderson's wait is over.

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