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Sports log: UConn gives Kevin Ollie new 5-year contract


The University of Connecticut has given men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie a new contract that runs through the 2017-18 season. The deal, signed Saturday, is worth just under $7 million and begins Jan. 1. When Ollie was hired in September, he was signed for just one season. ‘‘As I said in my first press conference, I want to be here a lifetime,” said Ollie, “and this is a step, hopefully a great step, in the program moving forward.’’ Ollie, who turned 40 Thursday, was hired after Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun retired. Ollie’s original deal had a prorated value of just over $465,000, the school said. Ollie has led UConn to a 10-2 record with a 61-53 home win over Washington on Saturday. Ollie, who played point guard for Calhoun from 1991-95, was his former coach’s hand-picked successor . . . Baylor suspended forward-center J’mison Morgan because of an unspecified violation of university policy. Bears coach Scott Drew said in a release that the 6-foot-11-inch Morgan, a fifth-year senior who has played only one game this season, will not return to the team . . . Rutgers men’s basketball coach Mike Rice has returned to the court after a three-game, 16-day suspension for inappropriate behavior and language. He was suspended without pay and fined $50,000 on Dec. 13 for a violation of athletic department policy. Rutgers (9-2) went 3-0 under associate head coach David Cox, capped by a 68-56 win over Rider on Friday . . . The father of Western Carolina football player Ja’Quayvin Smalls, who died after a July 2009 workout, has dropped a wrongful death lawsuit against the school’s athletic personnel. Smalls died hours after collapsing while running during his first preseason workout. An autopsy showed Smalls had an enlarged heart. Doctors also found that sickle cell trait and exertion contributed to his cardiac arrest.

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