OLYMPICS • The next big thing at the Winter Olympics? It could be Big Air.
A U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association leader says the federation is heading to an international meeting next week with a proposal to add Big Air to the Games.
USSA snowboarding and freeskiing director Jeremy Forster said the federation will also propose bringing team snowboardcross to the Olympics.
In Big Air competitions, snowboarders fly off a highly pitched ramp similar to those on the slopestyle course, and perform jumps with multiple flips and spins. They do as many jumps as possible in an allotted amount of time. Forster says the time is right to pitch the new discipline after the popular debut of Olympic slopestyle in Sochi.
If the events get a thumbs-up next Friday at the International Ski Federation Congress in Barcelona, the next step would be to ask the IOC to include them.
• New York City and Philadelphia are dropping efforts to host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games.
Arizona, Arizona St. look to lock up coaches
COLLEGE ATHLETICS • Arizona basketball coach Sean Miller and football coach Rich Rodriguez, and Arizona State football coach Todd Graham, have agreed on contract extensions with their schools.
Miller’s one-year extension would raise his base salary to $1.6 million for the final year of the deal. Rodriguez’s two-year extension through 2019 would raised his base salary to $1.9 million. Graham’s one-year extension through 2019 would raise his base salary to $2.7 million next season. Miller has helped resurrect Arizona’s program, leading the Wildcats to the NCAA Tournament four times, including two trips to the Elite Eight. Rodriguez has led the Wildcats to a pair of 8-5 seasons and two bowl wins since arriving in Tucson. Graham has gone 18-9 in his two seasons in Tempe, leading the Sun Devils to a bowl victory his first season and taking them to the Pac-12 title game last season. The extensions must be approved by the Arizona Board of Regents at its meetings June 5-6.
Hall of Fame basketball player Houbregs dies
Obituary • Bob Houbregs, the Hall of Fame basketball player who starred at Washington and played in the NBA, died Wednesday morning. He was 82. The 6-foot-7 Canadian was a star in college thanks to his hook shot. He led Washington to its only Final Four appearance in 1953, when he was the national player of the year.
Tiger officially withdraws from U.S. Open
GOLF • Tiger Woods withdrew from the U.S. Open on Wednesday as he recovers from back surgery that has kept him out of golf for nearly three months. It will be the second U.S. Open, and sixth major, he has missed because of injury over the last six years. The U.S. Open is June 12-15 at Pinehurst No. 2, where Woods tied for third in 1999 and was runner-up in 2005. The announcement on his website was not surprising. A week ago, Woods said he still had not taken a full swing with a golf club and did not know when he could. He had microdiscetomy surgery to relieve a pinched nerve on March 31.
• Alabama won its second straight NCAA golf title Wednesday, beating Oklahoma State 4-1 in the final at Prairie Dunes in Hutchinson, Kan. Trey Mullinax won the deciding match, holing an eagle putt from the fringe on the par-5 17th hole.
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