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BASEBALL

Brewers, Braun reach deal for five years, $105 million

MILWAUKEE | Left fielder Ryan Braun signed a $105 million, five-year contract extension with the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday.

The deal includes a mutual option for one additional year worth up to $20 million and is the longest commitment to a player in Brewers franchise history.

Braun has been elected to start in each of the past three All-Star Games and is one of just five players in history to hit 125 homers and post a .300 batting average over the first four seasons of his career.

BASKETBALL

Timberwolves’ Love NBA’s most improved player

NEW YORK | Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love has been voted the NBA’s most improved player for the season after leading the league in rebounding, the NBA said Thursday.

Love, 22, set career highs of 20.2 points and 15.2 rebounds per game, and produced the NBA’s first 30 point/30 rebound game since 1982. He had 31 points and 31 rebounds against the New York Knicks in a November 2010 game.

BASEBALL

Selig: Bonds’ records will stand despite conviction

NEW YORK | Baseball commissioner Bud Selig will not consider changing Barry Bonds’ records following the slugger’s conviction on obstruction of justice last week.

Bonds holds the career (762) and season (73) home run records, breaking marks set by Hank Aaron (755) and Roger Maris (61). Bonds was convicted last week on one count, with the jury finding he gave an evasive answer to a grand jury in 2003 when asked whether personal trainer Greg Anderson ever gave him anything that required an injection.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Utah attorney general pursuing BCS lawsuit

SALT LAKE CITY | Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff has put out a request for proposals from national antitrust firms to help file a federal lawsuit that seeks to disband the BCS system as an illegal monopoly.

Shurtleff said Thursday he expects the suit will be filed this summer. It will seek damages for schools including the University of Utah and Boise State that have lost out on millions of dollars over the years because the existing system keeps non-preferred conferences at a competitive disadvantage.

BASEBALL

Mixed rulings issued on Clemens subpoenas

WASHINGTON | A judge ruled Thursday that a congressional committee does not have to give baseball star Roger Clemens its evidence that he lied about using performance-enhancing drugs, but left open the possibility that he may be able to get material from the authors of Major League Baseball’s Mitchell Report that first publicly accused him of being a user.

Clemens wants the material for his upcoming trial on perjury charges. His lawyers indicated they were particularly interested in material that would back up their theory that Clemens’ former trainer Brian McNamee has told a series of conflicting statements as he accused Clemens of using drugs.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Georgetown women’s coach named World Games assistant

Georgetown coach Terri Williams-Flournoy will be an assistant for the United States at the women’s World University Games. The tournament will be Aug. 14-21 in Shenzen, China. Iowa State’s Bill Fennelly is the team’s head coach.

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