Even before leading the United States into next year's World Cup,

Jurgen Klinsmann

has been signed to stay on as the American coach for the 2018 edition.

Klinsmann agreed to a four-year contract extension through 2018, the U.S. Soccer Federation said on Thursday.

His new deal gives him the additional title of USSF technical director. Klinsmann was hired as U.S. soccer coach in 2011.

"One of the reasons we hired Jurgen as our head coach was to advance the program forward, and we've seen the initial stages of that happening on the field and also off the field in various areas," USSF president Sunil Gulati said in a statement.

GOLF Four-time European Tour champion Alex Cejka of Germany upstaged a star-filled field with an 8-under 64 to take a 1-shot lead after the first round of the Thailand Golf Championship in Chon Buri, Thailand.

The 43-year-old Cejka rolled in his eighth birdie of the day on the 17th hole to take the sole lead from Justin Rose, who was already in the clubhouse after a bogey-free round.

OLYMPICS President Obama has never tried to hide the fact he is a big sports fan, throwing Super Bowl parties at the White House and filling out his NCAA tournament bracket each March, but it seems he is not as enthusiastic about the Olympics.

Obama has yet to attend the Games during his tenure in office and probably will skip the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Canadian Olympic women's hockey coach Dan Church resigned, less than two months before the start of the Sochi Games, saying he felt others lacked confidence in his ability to lead the country to a fourth consecutive gold medal.

COLLEGES Rowan University's men's basketball team has revised its schedule for the Rohrer College of Business Classic scheduled for this weekend at Rowan.

With the College of Faith in Arkansas dropping out of the tournament because of adverse weather conditions, Rutgers-Camden will now face Berkeley College at 6 p.m. on Friday. Rowan will meet the University of Maine at Fort Kent in Friday's second game at 8.

- Staff and wire reports