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 World Cup.

Klinsmann agreed to a 4-year contract extension through 2018, the U.S. Soccer Federation said yesterday.

Coach since July 2011, his new deal gives him the additional title of USSF technical director.

"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. "In the past 2 years he has built a strong foundation from the senior team down to the youth teams, and we want to continue to build upon that success."

The U.S. has won 27 and drawn seven of 44 games under Klinsmann, qualified for its seventh straight World Cup and won this year's CONCACAF Gold Cup.

After winning the 1990 World Cup with West Germany and the 1996 European Championship with Germany, Klinsmann retired as a player in 1998 and moved to California.

Klinsmann, 49, coached Germany from 2004-06.

Olympics

* Canadian Olympic women's hockey coach

Dan Church

resigned, less than 2 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. The announcement was made hours before Canada faced the United States, the defending world champ, in an exhibition game in Calgary.

Shaun White finished first in qualifying at the Dew Tour in Breckenridge, Colo., to begin his quest for a third straight Olympic gold medal on the halfpipe. This is the first of five events that will determine the U.S. Olympic team.

Golf

* The half-brother of

Tiger Woods

was arrested in Phoenix for allegedly making a false bomb threat at the government building where he works. Phoenix police said 58-year-old

Earl Dennison Woods Jr.

is accused of calling in the threat at the Department of Economic Security building about 8:30 a.m. Police said Woods was booked on suspicion of attempting to terrify, intimidate, threaten or harass others.