Sports shorts: UA runner Lalang wins 2nd West Region award in row

2013-03-05T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: UA runner Lalang wins 2nd West Region award in rowStaff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

For the second straight season, Arizona junior distance runner Lawi Lalang has been named the West Region track athlete of the year by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Lalang currently holds the nation's No. 1 collegiate time in the 3,000-meter run (7 minutes 42.79 seconds) and the No. 2 time in the mile (3:54.46). He may defend his 2012 titles in the 3,000 and 5,000 at the NCAA Indoor Championships Friday and Saturday in Fayeteville, Ark.

• UA sat in fourth Monday at the Pac-12 men's swimming and diving championships in Federal Way, Wash. Jeff Amlee was second in the consolation final of the 50 freestyle for the Wildcats (115), who trailed leader Cal (264.5), Stanford (246) and USC (178).

• In Tarzana, Calif., the UA women's golf team shot a 23-over 599 on Monday to finish the first day of the Bruin/Wave Invitational in third behind leader UCLA (583) and USC (591). Janie Jackson (146, fifth) and Kendall Prince (148, sixth) led UA.

• In Fresno, Calif., the UA men's golf team (718) was in third behind Cal (694) and Fresno State (716) after the first day of the Fresno State Classic. UA's Erik Oja and Dylan Healey both shot 142 and tied for 16th.

• David Chang (Buena, 73) and Austin Stuessel (Ironwood Ridge, 74) helped the Pima College men's golf team place fifth after the first day of a tourney in Sun City.

NFL

Flacco's $120.6M deal richest ever

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco signed a new contract Monday worth $120.6 million over six years, making him the highest paid player in NFL history.

The Super Bowl MVP will receive a $29 million signing bonus and $52 million in guaranteed money. He will be paid $51 million over the first two years of the deal.

"It's not really about the money, it's about that respect," said Flacco, 28.

• The Patriots released fullback Spencer Larsen, a former UA Wildcat who missed last season with a knee injury after playing fullback and linebacker for Denver.

• Former Cardinals cornerback William Gay, 28, agreed to a three-year deal with his old team, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

• The Chiefs signed wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and punter Dustin Colquitt to new long-term contracts and placed the franchise tag on left tackle Branden Albert.

Miscellaneous

NRA to sponsor NASCAR race

FORT WORTH, Texas - The National Rifle Association will be the title sponsor for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race April 13 at Texas Motor Speedway. The race will be known as the NRA 500.

• No. 1 Serena Williams beat No. 2 Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 6-3 in a tennis exhibition at New York's Madison Square Garden.

• David Beckham will play in an all-star game in China this year as part of a deal to help raise soccer's profile in the world's most populous country.

• France cyclist Nacer Bouhanni beat Alessandro Petacchi in a sprint to the line to win the first stage of the Paris-Nice race.

Includes material from news releases

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