North Carolina awarded coach

Roy Williams

a 4-year contract extension yesterday that will keep him with the Tar Heels through the 2014-15 season.

Williams, who signed an 8-year contract to coach his alma mater before the 2003-04 season, will make up to $1.8 million each year plus incentives based on the Tar Heels' performance on the court and in the classroom.

Williams, who will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in September, is 106-30 in four seasons at North Carolina and 524-131 in 19 seasons with the Tar Heels and Kansas. He won his only national championship in 2005.

The new contract will pay Williams an annual base salary of $325,000, a $30,000 expense account and supplemental income paid by the university ranging from $1.2 million to $1.5 million. Bonuses are included for qualifying for and advancing in the NCAA Tournament and for graduation rates that meet or exceed the general student body.

North Carolina finished 31-7 this season and advanced to the East Regional finals, where the top-seeded Tar Heels lost in overtime to Georgetown.

In other college basketball news:

* Florida coach Billy Donovan is close to signing a 7-year extension averaging $3.5 million a year. Donovan has led the Gators to the last two national titles.

In other college news:

* Georgia cornerback Paul Oliver failed to meet academic standards and was declared ineligible to play next season. He plans to petition the NFL for entry into its July supplemental draft after initially passing up the chance to leave school early.

* Wofford's Steve Traylor will retire at the end of the season after 27 years as a Division I college baseball coach. Traylor, who ranked 29th among active NCAA coaches with 769 wins, will remain at Wofford to teach in the school's physical education department and direct campus recreation.

* Eastern Illinois University disbanded its wrestling program, citing the team's poor academic performance.


* Rafael Nadal cruised past the last man to beat him on clay 2 years ago, downing Igor Andreev, 6-4, 6-1, at the Hamburg (Germany) Masters for his 79th straight win on the surface. Roger Federer also advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Juan Carlos Ferrero.

* Serena Williams overpowered Shahar Peer, 6-3, 6-3, to reach the quarterfinals of the Italian Open in Rome.


* Kevin Sutherland shot a 7-under 65 to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the PGA Tour's AT&T Classic in Duluth, Ga.

* Sarah Lee shot 6-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead over defending champion Lorena Ochoa and four others after the first round of the LPGA's Sybase Classic in Clifton, N.J.

Sport Stops

* Former boxing champion Bobby Czyz Jr. is recovering from injuries suffered in a fiery car crash more than a month ago, officials said. Czyz, 45, was pulled unconscious from the back seat of a burning Mercedes in Millstone (N.J.) Township early on the morning of April 13 after it went off the road and struck a tree, according to Millstone Fire Chief James Carbin. It was not clear if Czyz, who was not the only person in the car, was driving. State police are still investigating.

* Veteran driver Stephan Gregoire crashed into the wall and broke his back during practice for the Indianapolis 500. He was expected to be released from the hospital today.

* Dale Mitchell was hired as Canada's soccer coach, inheriting a national team that is ranked 94th and has not been to the World Cup since 1986. *