Originally created 01/25/00

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Penn State extends pact of Paterno

Joe Paterno signed a five-year contract extension Monday, and the 73-year-old Penn State coach said he has every intention of staying through 2004.

"I enjoy coaching and would like to continue as long as my health will permit," Paterno said in a statement.

Paterno is entering his 51st year on Penn State's staff, his 35th as head coach.

Penn State's 24-0 victory over Texas A&M in the Alamo Bowl was his 20th in the postseason -- the Division I record. He has 317 victories at Penn State, six short of the Division I record set by Bear Bryant. He could break the record as early as Oct. 21 against Illinois.

AWARDS:

Georgia Tech sports radio voice Wes Durham has been named Georgia sportscaster of the year for 1999 by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. NSSA awards will be presented May 1 in Salisbury, N.C.

Durham, whose father Woody Durham is a 10-time North Carolina sportscaster award winner, has called play-by-play for Tech football, basketball and baseball since 1995.

South Carolina Gamecocks play-by-play voice Charlie Alexander is the South Carolina award winner. It's his eighth state award overall, two in his five years with the Gamecocks. He previously earned state awards in Mississippi, Tennessee and Kentucky.

DRAG RACING:

Carolina Dragway in Jackson, S.C., will open the 2000 season on Saturday, Feb. 5, with the Winter Bracket Bash.

Gates open at 10 a.m., and eliminations start at 2 p.m. Admission is $10 per person, with children under 12 free.

The track is located 12 miles east of Augusta off S.C. Highway 125. More information: 1 (803) 471-2285.

BOXING:

Legs crossed and on their best behavior, dozens of children sat mesmerized. Only this was no puppet show: This was Mike Tyson at work in the boxing ring.

The former heavyweight champion knocked his sparring partner silly, dropping him to the canvas as two dozen kids fidgeted for a better look.

Tyson, preparing to fight Julius Francis on Saturday in Manchester, removed his gloves, toweled off and joined his young fans. For 25 minutes he signed autographs, posed for family snapshots, got on his knees to shadow box and feigned a knockout blow or two.

"It doesn't matter what anybody says about me," Tyson said. "I'm a totally different entity to what people think."

Former heavyweight champion Michael Dokes was sent to prison Monday for a night of terror in which he beat and sexually assaulted his live-in girlfriend.

A tearful Dokes apologized for his actions, but it wasn't enough to prevent a judge from giving him up to 10 years in prison for an attack that left the victim's face so beaten that an arresting officer said he couldn't recognize her from a driver's license photo.

The victim told the court that it took her a year to recover physically from the attack, and that she still suffers emotionally.

"Is he going to have to kill somebody before you put him away?" she asked.

Dokes, who won the WBA heavyweight title in 1982, pleaded guilty earlier to charges of attempted murder, second-degree kidnapping and battery with intent to commit sexual assault for the August 1998 attack in which the victim was held against her will for six hours in the home they shared.

HOCKEY:

Pittsburgh's Jaromir Jagr, the NHL's leading scorer, tried practicing Monday, but remained bothered by a stomach muscle injury that might sideline him until after the All-Star game.

Jagr seemed discouraged after working out on his own for nearly a half-hour after practice, saying he can't move laterally well enough to play.

Jagr, the runaway leader in the All-Star voting, looked as fast as ever during 6-8 post-practice laps around the practice rink. But when he attempted sudden stops or starts, or twisting or turning his body to change directions, he grimaced in pain.