When the San Jose SaberCats return to the Arena Football League next year, they will do so with their two-time coach of the year.

The team announced Tuesday that Darren Arbet will return for his 11th season as SaberCats coach.

Arbet led the SaberCats to three ArenaBowl championships, four conference titles and seven Western Division titles before the team disbanded when the league took a hiatus after the 2008 season.

When the team announced its return to the league in June, Arbet joined its ownership group.

Colleges

The Western Athletic Conference has filed a lawsuit in an attempt to keep Fresno State and Nevada in the league through the 2011-12 school year before leaving for the Mountain West Conference.

WAC commissioner Karl Benson said league bylaws state that members must inform the conference they are leaving for another league by July 1 or they must stay through the next two school years. Fresno State and Nevada announced they had accepted invitations to the MWC on July 18.

  • Cal's Pia Halbig shot a three-round, 5-under-par 211 to finish third at the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic in Fort Collins, Colo., four strokes behind medalist Kayla Mortellaro of Idaho.

    Cal finished second behind Colorado. San Jose State was 11th.

  • Santa Clara's Miki Ueoka tied for ninth at the Circling Raven Collegiate Invitational in Worley, Idaho, shooting a three-round 9-over 225.

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    Left wing Bobby Ryan agreed to a new five-year, $25.5 million contract that keeps him with the Anaheim Ducks through 2014-15. Ryan scored a career-high 61 points last season.

    Soccer

    Major League Soccer is expanding its schedule from 30 to 34 games next season following the addition of expansion teams in Portland, Ore., and Vancouver, British Columbia.

    The season will start March 19 and end Oct. 22.

  • The New York Red Bulls have acquired midfielder Mehdi Ballouchy, a former Santa Clara University standout, from the Colorado Rapids for forward Macoumba Kandji.

  • Toronto FC fired coach Preki Radosavljevic and director of soccer Mo Johnston.

    Pro basketball

    Lauren Jackson scored 26 points as the host Seattle Storm won 87-84 over the Atlanta Dream to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five WNBA finals. Game 3 is Thursday.

  • The Charlotte Bobcats waived center Erick Dampier, voiding the last year of his seven-year $73 million deal and avoiding the luxury tax.