Colorado fires Hawkins, looks to find a bargain

The University of Colorado will pay Coach Dan Hawkins around $2 million to go away. His replacement might not get that much to fix the Buffaloes’ broken football program.

Athletic Director Mike Bohn said the school’s financial constraints means he won’t be able to pursue just anyone to be the next coach at Colorado because the higher profile names earn about $4 million annually, way out of the Buffs’ price range.

Bohn fired Hawkins on Tuesday, three days after the biggest meltdown in school history put a cap on his five failed seasons with the Buffaloes.

MEN’S BASKETBALL: Paul Holland scored 23 points, including six of Southern Maine Community College’s 16 3-pointers, in a 92-73 win over Maine Maritime at South Portland. Shawn Dostie led the Mariners with 20 points.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Casey Everest had 12 points to lead four Maine Maritime players in double figures in an 89-45 victory over Southern Maine Community College at South Portland. Alisa Sweet had 18 points and Christina Ricci added 17 points for SMCC.


WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Anna Goodale of Camden and Eleanor Logan of Boothbay Harbor were members of the U.S. women’s Eight crew that won the world championship last weekend in Lake Karapiro, New Zealand.

The U.S. finished with a time of 6:12.42, beating out second-place Canada by nearly four seconds. It was the fifth consecutive world championship for the U.S., which also won the gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.


NASCAR: Kyle Busch was fined $25,000 by NASCAR for his obscene gesture, and the driver again apologized for losing his temper.

Busch was also placed on probation through Dec. 31 for what NASCAR called unsportsmanlike conduct in Sunday’s race at Texas Motor Speedway. Busch was penalized for speeding at Texas and called into the pits to serve a one-lap penalty. While sitting in his car, he held up his middle finger toward the NASCAR official standing in front of his Toyota. The in-car camera caught the gesture, and it was broadcast live.


OTHER NEWS: Rory McIlroy decided not to join the PGA Tour next year, which could mean as many as three of the top 10 players in the world ranking not playing in golf’s strongest tour. … The European Tour is planning to push back its season-ending Dubai World Championship to the first full week in December. … Gael Monfils fought back from 5-1 down in the first set to beat Benjamin Becker 7-6 (4), 6-4 in the second round of the Paris Masters.