Purdue extended head football coach Danny Hope's contract for two additional years, through Dec. 31, 2016, the school announced Friday.

Details are being finalized. Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke said in a statement that Hope has done a good job of developing players on and off the field.

Purdue went 5-7 under Hope in 2009, then 4-8 in an injury-filled 2010. The Boilermakers struggled early this season, with early losses to Rice and Notre Dame. Purdue rallied and returned to postseason play for the first time in four years. The Boilermakers (6-6) will play Western Michigan in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl on Dec. 27 at Ford Field in Detroit.

SOCCER: Former Atalanta captain Cristiano Doni has reportedly acknowledged fixing Serie B soccer games in Italy and said his club knew nothing about it.

Doni was among 16 people arrested across Italy on Monday in an investigation into match-fixing and illegal betting on games.

The Gazzetta dello Sport reports Doni as saying he knew about a fix and bet on an Atalanta vs. Piacenza match last season, and tried to do the same for a game with Ascoli. Doni has been banned from soccer for 31/2 years. Atalanta was promoted to Serie A for this season and was penalized six points.

BASEBALL: Texas Rangers catcher Yorvit Torrealba struck a home plate umpire in the face after striking out in a Venezuelan League game on Friday, according to a report on ESPN.com.

After swinging at strike three, Torrealba immediately began a heated argument with Dario Rivera Jr. over a previous strike call during the at-bat.

Roughly 15 seconds into the exchange, Torrealba struck the umpire in the mask.

SKIING: The International Ski Federation canceled the World Cup competition for Jan. 1 in Munich because of warm weather.

- Inquirer wire services