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Sports briefs: Paul Petrino takes reins at Idaho

Published December 3, 2012 5:22 pm

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college football • Arkansas assistant Paul Petrino was hired Monday as the new head football coach at Idaho.

Petrino said he would bring his high-powered offensive schemes to Idaho and restore the program to the success it enjoyed two decades ago when he was an assistant there.

Petrino most recently served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Arkansas, where this year he went through the firing of his brother, Bobby, who was dismissed for hiring his mistress to a position in the athletic department and initially lying about her presence during an April 1 motorcycle accident, and the more recent departure of interim Arkansas coach John L. Smith, a long-time mentor.

Paul Petrino served as an assistant coach at Idaho under Smith from 1992-94, and later coached at Utah State, Illinois, Louisville and with the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL.

• Coach Steve Spurrier received a two-year contract extension that will keep him at South Carolina through 2017.

LeMond says UCI president must go

CYCLING • Greg LeMond says the President of the International Cycling Union can't remain in his job while a panel examines possible links between the organization and the doping case involving Lance Armstrong. The three-time Tour de France winner said Monday after Change Cycling Now's first meeting in London that he would be willing to run cycling in the interim.

The UCI announced Friday that a three-man panel will scrutinize President Pat McQuaid and his predecessor, Hein Verbruggen, over their relations with Armstrong.

LeMond says UCI president must go

soccer • Forward Alex Morgan has won the U.S. Soccer Federation's female athlete of the year award. The national team star won voting that was weighted equally between fans on Facebook, and representatives from U.S. Soccer and the national media, the federation announced Monday. Morgan led Team USA this year with 28 goals, including the deciding score in the 123rd minute of the United States' 4-3 win over Canada in the Olympic semifinals. The Americans then won the gold medal.

• A Dutch man working as a linesman during his son's youth soccer match was beaten and kicked by several soccer players after the game and died the next day. Richard Nieuwenhuizen collapsed and was rushed to the hospital hours after players from Amsterdam club Nieuw Sloten punched and kicked him. Three players, whose ages range from 15 to 16, were arrested earlier Monday for alleged involvement in the beating Sunday in the town of Almere.

From wire reports