Press Box: Sermanni will be new U.S. women's soccer coach

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Tom Sermanni was named the head coach of the U.S. women's national team, U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati announced Tuesday.
Sermanni, 58, is the seventh head coach in the team's history, and brings 11 years head-coaching experience in international women's soccer.
He spent that time with Australia, and guided the Matildas in three Women's World Cup tournaments.
Sermanni, who replaces Pia Sundhage, will officially take over the U.S. team on Jan. 1. He was hired after a committee reviewed more than 30 candidates from around the world.
The U.S. women's team won the Olympic gold medal in 2008 and 2012 under Sundhage. She also led the team to the 2011 Women's World Cup final, which the U.S. lost to Japan.

University of Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino will have plenty of opportunities to improve upon last year's loss in the NCAA semifinals.
The school announced Tuesday that it extended Pitino's contract through the 2021-22 season. Pitino's previous deal ran through 2017.
"I don't know if I could live without basketball," Pitino said, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal. "Even broadcasting, I wouldn't have the highs and the lows, and I guess every coach lives for that."
Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich said Pitino, 60, would be "cheating the game of basketball" if he had stepped away.
Pitino will continue to have a $3.9 million salary -- the same as his previous rate -- in every year of the contract. However, he will be paid $600,000 "retention bonuses" every other year beginning in 2014. He'd also receive a $50,000 bonus each time the Cardinals win or tie for the conference regular-season championship, and he'd get $100,000 if he's selected the Associated Press' national coach of the year.

High-stakes gambling has found its way into youth football.
Nine people associated with the South Florida Youth Football League are facing felony charges for their alleged participation in an elaborate system of gambling on games, according to an ESPN report.
ESPN, which first reported the story in May 2011, said the charges are the culmination of a Broward County Sheriff's Office investigation that lasted nearly 18 months.
Those arrested Monday and charged with felony bookmaking were: Brandon Bivins, Darren Brown, Vincent Gray, Brandon Lewis, Brad Parker, La Taurus Fort, Willie Tindal, Darron Bostic and Dave Small.
Of the nine men facing charges, six were coaches of teams that had boys ranging in age from 5 to 15. They are also former convicts with a previous felony drug, assault and theft charges.

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