Boston College hired Frank Leonard and Frank Piraino to its football staff, announced coach Steve Addazio Friday. Leonard will coach the tight ends and Piraino will serve as strength and conditioning coach. Both coached with Addazio at Temple last season . . . A source with direct knowledge of the situation told ESPN.com that the Mountain West Conference and Boise State are in talks about the Broncos staying in the conference instead of leaving for the Big East in 2013. The source said that the Mountain West is trying to use the turmoil in the Big East to convince Boise State to stay . . . Stanford defensive lineman Terrence Stephens was declared ineligible for the Rose Bowl against Wisconsin on Jan. 1 because of a secondary violation of NCAA rules related to his rental of off-campus housing . . . The NCAA suspended Texas basketball player Myck Kabongo 23 games for accepting impermissible benefits and providing false statements during an investigation into the infractions. Kabongo also must repay $475 to a charity of his choice. The suspension includes the 11 games he has already missed . . . The NCAA released a package of proposals that would change the recruiting calendar, lift restrictions on how and how often coaches can contact recruits, and allow athletes to accept more money for participating in non-scholastic events. The proposals are expected to be voted on Jan. 19 at the NCAA’s annual convention near Dallas . . . Buckingham, Browne & Nichols sophomore hockey goalie Katie Burt has committed to play at Boston College starting in 2015.
Malaga banned for not paying players
Champions League contender Malaga was banned from European club competitions for the upcoming season by UEFA for failing to pay players’ wages and tax bills on time. The Spanish club could be banned for a second season within the next four years if it misses a March 31 deadline to pay its debts, which are reported to include $11.6 million in unpaid player wages . . . The Iraqi Football Association denied media reports that it was negotiating with Diego Maradona to take over as a coach of the national team. Argentina’s state-run news agency Telam reported Thursday that Maradona was the leading candidate.
Knee injury KOs Austrian skier Schild
Marlies Schild of Austria will be out three months following knee surgery. The Austrian ski federation says Schild had surgery in Innsbruck for a torn collateral ligament in her right knee. Schild was hurt Thursday during training at the World Cup slalom in Are, Sweden. . . Lana Gehring won the women’s 1,500 meters at the US short track speedskating championships in Kearns, Utah, finishing in 2 minutes, 27.944 seconds. Gehring also won the 500 in 44.492 seconds. J.R. Celski won the men’s 500 in 41.365 seconds and the 1,500 in 2:25.719.
Top events to offer equal prize money
Cycling’s governing body is introducing equal prize money for men and women at most world championship events. The decision takes effect in January, with the UCI ruling that ‘‘no distinction should be made between the achievements of men and women.’’ The ruling applies to all cycling disciplines apart from the road team time trial . . . Spain’s Supreme Court ruled that Roberto Heras must be reinstated as the winner of the 2005 Spanish Vuelta after it upheld a lower court’s decision to clear him of a doping ban that stripped him of the title.
Douglas is AP Female Athlete of Year
Gymnast Gabby Douglas was selected the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year, beating swimmer Missy Franklin in a vote by US editors and news directors. Douglas won the Olympic all-around title in London, the first African-American to do so. She received 48 of 157 votes, seven more than Franklin, who won four gold medals and a bronze. . . Philadelphia 76ers center Andrew Bynum will begin a six-step rehabilitation process from bone bruises soon. There is no date for a return, but he vowed to return this year . . . Lois Goodman, whose tennis officiating career was almost ended by a charge that she murdered her husband with a coffee cup, has been reinstated by the US Tennis Association after the charge was dismissed for lack of evidence.