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St. Pierre cornermen queried over Vaseline

Georges St. Pierre’s two cornermen, who are accused of rubbing Vaseline on the fighter’s back and shoulders during Saturday night’s victory over BJ Penn, will have 20 days to respond to a letter from Penn’s lawyer seeking an investigation.

Keith Kizer, executive director of the Nevada Athletic Commission, said Thursday that Penn’s lawyer sent a letter asking the commission to look into the use of the slippery substance. Kizer says the commission is asking the two cornermen involved, Greg Jackson and Phil Nurse, to reply.

The commission is then expected review the bout sometime around mid-March.

Ultimate Fighting Championship rules allow the substance to be applied only to the face of a fighter.

COLLEGES

Sanford’s extension approved by regents

The state board of regents approved UNLV football coach Mike Sanford’s three-year contract extension.

Sanford’s deal takes him through the 2012 season. He earns $425,000 per year, and UNLV can buy him out for $225,000 at any time.

The Rebels went 5-7 last season, their best record in Sanford’s four seasons.

Also: Tennessee’s Lane Kiffin has been reprimanded by the Southeastern Conference for falsely accusing Florida coach Urban Meyer of a recruiting violation, and the new Volunteers coach had to apologize for his remarks.

Kiffin told fans attending a breakfast to celebrate signing day that Meyer violated recruiting rules by phoning wide receiver prospect Nu’Keese Richardson.

In a statement to ESPN, Kiffin apologized and said he was trying to excite the crowd of donors and alumni.

Former Centennial High star Italee Lucas had 18 points, eight assists and four steals as No. 8 North Carolina routed Virginia Tech, 93-77.

New Mexico State freshman guard Terrance Joyner was arrested after authorities discovered marijuana inside his luggage as the team departed on a two-game road trip to Utah State and UNR.

The College of Southern Nevada split a doubleheader against Northern Idaho College on Thursday in St. George, Utah.

The 13th-ranked Coyotes (6-3, 3-1 SWAC) won the second game 1-0 after dropping the opener, 4-1.

MISCELLANEOUS

Calzaghe calls it quits, retires with 46-0 mark

Former super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe retired from boxing with a 46-0 record.

“I’ve got no other goals to go for,” he said. “That’s why I am calling it a day.”

Calzaghe said he was tempted to fight three more times to match Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 record but said he lacked the hunger.

And there will be no comeback, he pledged.

Also: Camilo Villegas holed out for an eagle early in his round and made a string of birdies late for a 9-under-par 63 on the easier North Course at Torrey Pines in San Diego, giving him a three-shot lead in the Buick Invitational.

Rain forced NHRA officials to postpone the first round of professional qualifying in the season-opening Kragen O’Reilly NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif.

The first round of qualifying is now set for today, followed by two more rounds Saturday. The final eliminations are Sunday.

Payton Jordan, coach of the record-setting 1968 U.S. Olympic track and field team, died of cancer at his home in Laguna Hills, Calif. He was 91.

He led the U.S. team to a record 24 medals, 12 of them gold, at the 1968 Mexico City Games. He served as Stanford’s track and field coach from 1957 to 1979.

China’s Pang Qing and Tong Jian skated a near-flawless performance to win the pairs title at the Four Continents competition in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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