Alford willing to pay $200,000 buyout
• A University of New Mexico official says former Lobos men’s coach Steve Alford is willing to pay a $200,000 buyout for leaving the Albuquerque school to take a job at UCLA, but he won’t pay the $1 million payment that New Mexico wants. Alford on March 18 signed a term sheet agreeing to a new 10-year contract with New Mexico that included a $1 million buyout. It was to take effect April 1, two days after Alford announced his resignation.
• Duke says the NCAA did not find any wrongdoing after looking into a jewelry purchase of nearly $100,000 by a player on the Blue Devils’ most recent national championship team. Former player Lance Thomas was sued in a Texas court for failing to pay a balance of nearly $68,000 for jewelry he purchased from a New York jeweler in December 2009 — 3½ months before the Blue Devils won their fourth national title.
Hornqvist receives five-year contract
• The Nashville Predators began their rebuilding process by agreeing to a long-term deal with Patric Hornqvist to a five-year, $21.25 million contract. Injuries limited Hornqvist to four goals and 10 assists in 24 games this season.
• Brian Rolston retired after a 17-year NHL career in which he played for five teams and helped the New Jersey Devils win their first Stanley Cup. The 40-year-old forward from Flint, Mich., did not play this season after splitting time with the New York Islanders and Boston in 2011-12. As a rookie he helped the Devils win the Cup in the 1994-95 season. His top offensive season was 2005-06 with the Wild — 34 goals and 45 assists.
Borussia Dortmund advances to final
• Borussia Dortmund advanced to the Champions League final for the first time since 1997, withstanding a late rally by Real Madrid in Madrid to win their semifinal on 4-3 aggregate following a 2-0 loss Tuesday night. Karim Benzema scored in the 83rd minute and Sergio Ramos in the 88th, putting Real Madrid in position to advance with one more goal. Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich has a four-goal advantage on Barcelona ahead of today’s game. The Champions League final is May 25 at London’s Wembley Stadium.
• Midfielder Deco tested positive for a banned diuretic in Brazil and says he will appeal the result and that it likely stemmed from contaminated vitamins. Soccer officials in Rio de Janeiro say the former Chelsea and Portugal playmaker tested positive for furosemide, a diuretic that can help hide performance-enhancing substances.
• The Colorado Rapids signed Jamaican defender Brenton Griffiths. Terms weren’t disclosed.
• A referee for a recreational soccer league is in critical condition in a Salt Lake City hospital after being punched in the face by a teenage player who didn’t like a call the man made in a weekend game in a Salt Lake City suburb. The 17-year-old was booked into a juvenile detention center on suspicion of aggravated assault.
NASCAR suspends two Childress crew
• NASCAR suspended the two Richard Childress Racing crew members arrested for fighting with Nelson Piquet Jr. at Richmond. Thomas Costello and Michael Searce were both suspended for four Nationwide Series races and fined $15,000 each. They were also placed on probation until the end of the year for the altercation in the motorhome lot after Friday night’s race. Henrico County police charged Searce with two counts of misdemeanor assault, and charged Costello with one count of misdemeanor assault.
• British driver Pippa Mann, 29, will run in next month’s Indianapolis 500 for Dale Coyne Racing, her first race since she was injured in the 2011 IndyCar season finale that killed Dan Wheldon.
— From wire reports