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POSTED January 25, 2012 6:39 p.m.

SAN JOSE ST. FOOTBALL COACH GETS EXTENSION: SAN JOSE  (AP) — San Jose State football coach Mike MacIntyre has agreed to a contract extension through the 2017 season.

Athletic director Tom Bowen announced the new deal Wednesday. The announcement gives MacIntyre more stability one week before national signing day.

The 46-year-old MacIntyre went 5-7 in his second season with the Spartans for the school's best finish in five years. San Jose State won at Fresno State for the first time in 24 years and also beat Navy and Colorado State to improve on a 1-12 mark from his first season.

FUNERAL SERVICE FOR PATERNO AS THOUSANDS MOURN: STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — With students, alumni and fans lining the streets, Joe Paterno's funeral procession drove slowly Wednesday past Beaver Stadium and through the town where the longtime Penn State football coach lived and worked for more than 60 years.

Thousands of mourners waited on the sidewalks, four deep and more in some places, for a glimpse of the electric-blue hearse carrying Paterno's casket. The convoy also included buses filled with Paterno's family, former players and other guests.

As a silent crowd looked on, the procession passed a library that bears Paterno's name on its way to Pine Hall cemetery, the final resting place of the man who led the Nittany Lions to five undefeated seasons.

"The things he did for athletes, the things he did for all students actually — that alone earns our respect to say one final goodbye," said Alex Jimenez, a sophomore from Manapalan, N.J., standing directly across from the Paterno library.

BARRICHELLO TO TEST FOR KV RACING: Rubens Barrichello will test an IndyCar next week for KV Racing, The Associated Press has learned.

The Formula One driver is scheduled to be at Sebring International Raceway next Monday and Tuesday, a person familiar with the test told AP on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the 2-day test session is exploratory for both Barrichello and the race team.

Barrichello has spent the last 19 seasons in Formula One, but was replaced last week at Williams by Bruno Senna. He has no seat lined up in F1 for the 2012 season.

Barrichello is an 11-time winner in F1. He has 68 podium finishes, but none last season.

NASCAR TO DO AWAY WITH UNDISCLOSED FINES: CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR said Wednesday it will stop issuing undisclosed fines going forward, a practice that made fans distrust the sanctioning body.

"While there are always sensitivities related to sponsor relationships and other leagues may continue issuing disclosed and undisclosed fines, NASCAR has decided that all fines moving forward will be made public after the competitor or organization that has been penalized has been informed," NASCAR said in a statement.

It's not clear how many times NASCAR failed to disclose a penalty against a driver or a team, but the practice first came to light midway through the 2010 season when it was learned that Denny Hamlin had been secretly fined for posts he made on Twitter.

In the fallout from the Hamlin fine, it was revealed that Ryan Newman had been previously penalized for disparaging comments he made about the style of racing at Talladega.

Then, word of another Newman fine spread last season after the driver was involved in some sort of physical altercation with Juan Pablo Montoya during a meeting with NASCAR officials. Fans grew increasingly angry with the practice of not publicizing all fines, but NASCAR wouldn't comment one way or the other on the issue.

The tipping point came on the eve of championship weekend in November, when The Associated Press reported Brad Keselowski had been secretly fined $25,000 for comments he made about electronic fuel injection.

 

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