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Urban Meyer's Contract Extended Through 2020

COLUMBUS -– The contract of Ohio State University Head Football Coach Urban Meyer has been extended through the year 2020 and will make him the highest paid coach in the Big Ten Conference in terms of annual compensation, Vice President and Director of Athletics Gene Smith announced today. The contract changes are subject to Board of Trustees’ approval at its next meeting, scheduled for June 3-4.
“Urban Meyer has done an excellent job strengthening our culture of commitment to academics, career development and winning championships,” Smith said. “Our young men continue to thrive under his leadership, whether on the playing field where they are national champions, through life skills pursuits like Real Life Wednesdays, internships and job fairs, and academically through program-wide efforts to monitor the progress of every student-athlete which has helped the team achieve its highest graduation success rate at 78 percent.
“Additionally, he continues to develop his coaches and attract talented leaders when needed.”
Meyer’s previous contract ran through the 2017 season and would have paid him $4.9 million for 2015. The new terms and extension, retroactive to Feb. 1, 2015, give Meyer a six-year contract through the 2020 season with an end date of Jan. 31, 2021. Meyer will make $5.8 million in total compensation for 2015 and, with annual raises, will average at least $6.5 million per year over the next six years.
“I am honored to serve as football coach at The Ohio State University and to represent this great university,” Meyer said. “It is a privilege to coach and mentor the young men in this program, and I want to thank President Drake and Mr. Smith for their support and their trust in me.”
Meyer is the winningest* coach in college football with an .845 winning percentage and a 142-26 overall record. He has led the Buckeyes to a 38-3 record, is undefeated in Big Ten regular season play at 24-0, and his 2014 team won the eighth national championship in school history along with winning the school’s 35th Big Ten championship.
Meyer has now won three national titles, and he is one of only two coaches – ever – to lead two schools to a national championship. He is the only coach to win a national championship in two conferences.
Meyer won more games his first 10 years - 104 - than all but two coaches in college football history. He is on a pace to have the most victories after his first 15 seasons as a head coach and to reach 200 victories faster than any other coach.

*Among active FBS coaches with at least 10 years of experience in Division I
Urban Meyer's Contract Extended Through 2020

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INDIANS-TIGERS

DETROIT (AP) -- Victor Martinez drove in three runs, taking advantage after Cleveland pitched around Miguel Cabrera and helping Alfredo Simon and the Detroit Tigers beat the Indians 4-1 Saturday.

Cabrera drew four walks in a game for the first time in his career, three of them intentional. Earlier this season, the two-time AL MVP went 11 for 14 with six RBIs in a three-game series at Cleveland.

With Cabrera batting third, Martinez was in position to do damage hitting cleanup.

Simon (4-0) gave up one run in 6 2/3 innings. Joakim Soria pitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save.

Ian Kinsler drove in the other run for the Tigers and Rajai Davis stole three bases.

Michael Brantley had four hits, including a pair of doubles, and drove in Cleveland's run.

T.J. House (0-3) gave up three runs in three innings. He started in place of Trevor Bauer, who was scratched because of an illness.

CUBS-REDS PPD

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Steady rain prompted the Reds to postpone their game against the Chicago Cubs on Saturday, disappointing a big crowd that had bought tickets to see a reunion of Cincinnati's 1990 World Series championship team.

The teams waited 4 hours, 13 minutes before it was called off. No makeup was scheduled.

In addition to Saturday's rainout, the Reds have had three of their seven home games delayed by rain. They've also had three extra-inning games at home, including a 7-3 loss to the Cubs in 11 innings on Friday night.

It was Chicago's second postponement of the season. A game against St. Louis on April 7 was called off and hasn't been rescheduled.

UNION-CREW

Finlay scores twice; Crew power past Union 4-1

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ethan Finlay had two goals and an assist, Justin Meram and Kei Kamara each added a goal, and the Columbus Crew beat the Philadelphia Union 4-1 on Saturday night.

Kamara, Finlay and Meram each scored in the first half to help the Crew (3-2-2) build a 3-0 lead. Finlay added an insurance goal on a breakaway in the 73rd minute.

Kamara, in his 200th career MLS game, opened the scoring in the 21st minute when he settled Finlay's cross with a chest trap and blasted a left-footed shot into the net. It was his fifth goal of the season, tying him with Octavio Rivero for the league lead.

Finlay finished Waylon Francis' cross with one touch in the 32nd minute and Meram drove 40 yards by himself to score in the 44th.

Eric Ayuk scored on a header for the Union (1-5-3) in the 64th minute. The Crew had gone 272 minutes without allowing a goal.

JAMES-FULL-COURT SHOT

BOSTON (AP) -- LeBron James looked more like a quarterback than a basketball player, nailing a full-court shot Saturday afternoon at TD Garden.

A shirtless James, wearing gray shorts, made a one-handed throw from the baseline in front of Cleveland's bench. The ball sailed through the basket at the opposite end.

Video of the shot was taken by James' longtime personal trainer, Mike Mancias. It surfaced on Twitter shortly after the end of Cleveland's practice before Sunday's scheduled Game 4 against the Celtics.

Cleveland leads the series, 3-0.

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