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• Montgomery signs extension at Cal through 2015-16: BERKELEY (AP) — California coach Mike Montgomery has agreed to a two-year contract extension to remain at the school through the 2015-16 season.

The announcement Monday comes nine months after Montgomery disclosed he had bladder cancer and surgery that left him cancer-free. Montgomery led the Golden Bears to a 24-10 record last season, a runner-up finish in the Pac-12 Conference and a first-round loss to South Florida in the NCAA tournament.

The former Montana, Stanford and Golden State Warriors coach is 88-47 in four seasons at Berkeley. He also helped Cal capture its first league title in 50 years in 2010.

Montgomery thanked the administration for the support and said his staff has “established a strong foundation of success and look forward to continuing to add to the rich tradition of this program.”


• Federer, Azarenka return to No. 1 in rankings: WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — By tying Pete Sampras with a record seven Wimbledon titles, Roger Federer also has tied the American’s career mark of 286 weeks at No. 1 in the ATP rankings.

In Monday’s new rankings, Federer jumps from No. 3 to the top, overtaking Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. Federer last was No. 1 in June 2010.

Djokovic, who’d been No. 1 since winning Wimbledon last year, lost to Federer in this year’s semifinals. Nadal, the 2011 runner-up at the All England Club, was upset in the second round in 2012.

Andy Murray, who lost to Federer in Sunday’s final, remains at No. 4.

There’s also a new leader in the WTA rankings: Victoria Azarenka rises one spot from No. 2, while Maria Sharapova drops from No. 1 to No. 3.


• Attorney says charge vs Vikings RB Peterson a lie: MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The attorney for Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson says his client was a victim and a charge of resisting arrest is a “fabrication.”

Texas attorney Rusty Hardin released a statement Monday, two days after Peterson was released from a Houston jail. The running back was arrested and charged with resisting arrest after allegedly pushing an off-duty police officer who was working security at a night club.

Hardin says the allegations are “a total fabrication” and that Peterson was “the victim, not the aggressor.” Peterson has an initial court appearance on the misdemeanor scheduled for Friday.

Hardin represented Roger Clemens in his recent perjury case. Clemens was charged with lying to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs. He was retried this year and found not guilty on all counts.


• Hornish to sub again for suspended Allmendinger: CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Penske Racing says Sam Hornish Jr. will replace suspended driver AJ Allmendinger this weekend at New Hampshire.

Allmendinger was suspended shortly before Saturday night’s race at Daytona for failing a random drug test. NASCAR and Penske officials have not said what Allmendinger tested positive for, and Allmendinger has made no statement since his suspension.

Allmendinger has until Tuesday to ask for his “B’’ sample to be tested.

Penske Racing says in a Monday statement that it will continue to work with NASCAR on this matter, but the team will use Hornish in the No. 22 Dodge this weekend.

Hornish was the emergency substitute for Allmendinger on Saturday night. He flew to Daytona from Charlotte and arrived right before the start of the race.


• Timbers fire coach John Spencer:: PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — John Spencer, the affable face of the Portland Timbers who helped prepare the team for Major League Soccer last season, was fired as coach, a person close to the situation said. General manager Gavin Wilkinson will coach the team the rest of the year.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the dismissal had not yet been made public. The Timbers scheduled a news conference for Monday afternoon.

Spencer’s dismissal was first reported by The Oregonian.

The Timbers are coming off a 3-0 loss at Real Salt Lake on Saturday. They are 5-8-4 and in next-to-last place in the Western Conference, with no road wins.

Spencer was hired on Aug. 11, 2010. In the Scotsman’s first year as coach, the Timbers finished 11-14-9. The 11 victories tied the team with the 2006 Houston Dynamo for fourth on the list of wins for an expansion team. Portland is 9-5-3 at home and 7-6-4 against Western Conference opponents.


• Coyotes F MacLean doing better after heart scare: GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Phoenix Coyotes forward Brett MacLean’s condition is improving less than a week after he suffered a cardiac emergency during a pickup hockey game in Canada.

Coyotes general manager Don Maloney issued a statement Monday saying MacLean’s family reported he is doing well and will continue to undergo tests with the cardiology team at Knight University Hospital in London, Ontario.

The 23-year-old MacLean received CPR at a rink in Owen Sound, Ontario after suffering the cardiac emergency. He was taken to a local hospital and later flown to the hospital in London, where he was admitted to the ICU.

A second-round draft pick in 2007, MacLean played most of last season at Portland of the AHL after Phoenix claimed him on waivers from Winnipeg.