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Petersen bats away latest links to coaching jobs

Petersen bats away latest links to coaching jobs

BOISE, Idaho (AP) Chris Petersen is taking a different approach to the series of annual questions and speculation linking him to nearly every available head coaching job in college football.

This year, at least at the outset, Petersen is resorting to humor.

When asked Monday about his name being mentioned in the search for the bevy of new coaching vacancies, Petersen simply looked at his watch, noted the time and chided reporters for taking so long to once again bring up the subject.

``Twenty-two minutes, that's better than I thought,'' Petersen said. ``It's just rumors. That's all I really want to say about this, and I say it every year.''

While Petersen's tone publicly may be different, the message - at least right now - is the same: He has no intention to leave the Broncos.

Petersen's name surfaces in ritualistic fashion around the same time many of his colleagues at bigger schools are getting fired. Last year it was Penn State; the year before that Stanford when Jim Harbaugh left for the NFL. This year, media, bloggers or others posting on the Internet are tying him to Arkansas, Colorado and California. Also looking for new coaches are two other SEC schools, Auburn and Tennessee, plus Boston College and Purdue.

But he's also hard to ignore as a prime candidate, especially since the Broncos have been wildly successful during his seven-year tenure in Boise. Since taking over, Petersen has compiled a record of 82-8 and a winning percentage of .911, the best at the FBS level.

During his time, Boise State has jumped conferences, getting more competitive along the way, played in two BCS bowls and earned respect nationally as a small-school program all too capable of beating teams from the biggest and best conferences.

But at the same time, it's Boise State's size - or lack thereof - that fuel rumors that he's interested in coaching elsewhere, whether it's the small capacity of Bronco Stadium, inferior team facilities or the hassles and uncertainty caused by conference realignment and landing in a conference that automatically qualifies for the BCS.

``It is what it is,'' Petersen joked about the latest series of stories. ``It means zero here. We don't even pay attention to it.''

Petersen acknowledged the rumor mill has in the past confounded recruiting efforts, then he quickly directed the press conference back to football questions and the 25th-ranked Broncos' upcoming game with Nevada.

Earlier this year, Petersen signed a contract extension that pays him more than $2 million per year. The deal keeps him under contract through January 2017.

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PHOTOS: Rui Hachimura has brought tons of Japanese media attention to Wizards

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PHOTOS: Rui Hachimura has brought tons of Japanese media attention to Wizards

WASHINGTON -- If it wasn't clear on draft night in Brooklyn or the next day at his introductory press conference in Washington, Wizards first round pick Rui Hachimura is a massive deal back in his home country of Japan. He gets the star treatment from Japanese media and that attention has followed him through the first two days of Wizards mini-camp.

Usually, Wizards mini-camp isn't even open to the media. Most years, the Wizards host undrafted players and members of their G-League team with little fanfare as they get set for the Las Vegas Summer League in early July.

But this year has been markedly different with dozens of Japanese reporters and photographers arriving early and staying late, all competing for information about Hachimura to report home to their respective outlets.

While the Wizards' pre-draft workouts, some featuring big-named prospects, had five-to-10 reporters show up to the Wizards' practice facility, the total media contingent probably pushes 50 now.

Here are some photos to put it in perspective...

Here's a photo from Hachimura's press conference on Friday...

On Tuesday at mini-camp, there were two sets of media scrums for Wizards Summer League coach Robert Pack. He first did one with American reporters, then one with those from Japan, who had a lot of questions about one player in particular, of course...

With Hachimura on board, it's a new era for the Wizards when it comes to media attention.

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Mystics win fourth straight, beat Sky 81-74

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Mystics win fourth straight, beat Sky 81-74

 In their second victory against the Chicago Sky this season, Elena Delle Donne dominated once again.

In 33 minutes of play, the star forward racked up 22 points, seven rebounds and 9 of 15 field goals against her former team. She led the Mystics in points and rebounds. 

Tianna Hawkins brought a spark off the bench, tallying 15 points, four rebounds, six of ten field goals and a +11 differential in just 18 minutes of play. 

The Mystics won all four games on this road trip, tying their season-high win streak from earlier this season. Washington is now 8-3 as they head home to host the Connecticut Sun, who just snapped a seven-game win streak.

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