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Shaka Smart Accepts Texas Job

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Shaka Smart is leaving Virginia Commonwealth for Texas, VCU sports information director Scott Day confirmed on Thursday.

Smart will take over for Rick Barnes, who mutually parted ways with the Longhorns last week.

Smart had at least 26 wins in six seasons with VCU and will owe the school a $500,000 buyout because he left before May 1.

Smart racked up 126 wins from 2009-15 and won the Atlantic 10 tournament this year.

Texas officials declined to comment on Smart’s hiring on Thursday.

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Antonio Smith Joins Broncos

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Denver Broncos have agreed to a one-year contract with defensive lineman Antonio Smith.

Smith’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that Smith will make $2 million in 2015.

The 33-year-old Smith comes to the Broncos after playing one season with the Oakland Raiders. He started all 16 games in 2014 recording 20 tackles, three sacks, and one forced fumble. The Raiders cut Smith on Tuesday.

Smith is reunited with Broncos defensive line coach Bill Kollar, who served as Smith’s defensive line coach for five seasons in Houston.

Smith has played 11 NFL seasons since being drafted by Arizona with the 135th overall pick of the 2004 NFL Draft. Since then he’s played in 156 games, recording 302 tackles, 44.5 sacks, 11 forced fumbles, and one defensive touchdown.

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Red Sox Option Castillo and Bradley Jr. to Pawtucket

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(FORT MYERS, Fla.) — Outfielders Rusney Castillo and Jackie Bradley Jr. have been sent to Triple-A Pawtucket the Boston Red Sox announced Thursday.

The 27-year-old Castillo, who the Red Sox signed to a six-year, $72.5 million deal last August, lost out on the right field job to Shane Victorino. The 25-year-old Bradley Jr., who many believe could win a Gold Glove someday, lost the center field job to Mookie Betts.

“Those were tough conversations, yeah, when you have guys that are good players who you believe in and making decisions to start the year the way we’re starting, those were tough decisions and tough conversations,” Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said. “But it’s a good thing for us to have that kind of depth and that kind of talent. We know over the course of the season, more than likely we’re going to need all those guys.”

Castillo played in 10 games for Boston last season hitting .333 with two home runs, six RBIs, and three stolen bases.

Bradley Jr. wasn’t as successful with the big club, hitting .198 with one home run, 30 RBIs, and eight stolen bases in 127 games last season.

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Kings Signs Pearson to 2-Year Extension

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(EL SEGUNDO, Calif.) — Winger Tanner Pearson signed a two-year, $2.8 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Kings, Thursday.

Pearson, 22, was selected by the Kings with the 30th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft. He has since played in 67 games for the Kings, racking up 15 goals and eight assists.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Pearson also has played in 25 postseason games compiling 12 points.

Pearson has been out since suffering a broken leg on Jan. 10 against the Winnipeg Jets.

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Pekovic Will Have Achilles Surgery

NBA via Minnesota Timberwolves(MINNEAPOLIS) — Minnesota Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic will undergo a debridement and repair of his right achilles which will sideline him for the remainder of the season.

Pekovic’s surgery will be performed by Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, North Carolina, on April 8.

The 29-year-old Pekovic signed a five-year, $60 million contract with Minnesota in August 2013. Since then he’s only played in 85 games due to various injuries.

Pekovic already missed over two and a half months with an ankle injury this season.

The 6-foot-11, 285-pound Pekovic has played in 31 games this season, averaging 12.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 4/2/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers 114 (49-27) – Miami Heat 88 (34-41)

Houston Rockets 108 (52-24) – Dallas Mavericks 101 (46-30)

NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets 4 (38-35-4, 80 pts) – New York Islanders 3 (45-27-6, 96 pts) F/SO

Florida Panthers 6 (36-27-15, 87 pts) – Carolina Hurricanes 1 (28-38-11, 67 pts)

Boston Bruins 3 (40-25-13, 93 pts) – Detroit Red Wings 2 (40-24-13, 93 pts)

Ottawa Senators 2 (39-26-12, 90 pts) – Tampa Bay Lightning 1 (47-24-8, 102 pts) *F/OT

Washington Capitals 5 (43-25-10, 96 pts) – Montreal Canadiens 4 (47-22-9, 103 pts) *F/SO

New York Rangers 3 (49-21-7, 105 pts) – Minnesota Wild 2 (44-26-7, 95 pts)

St. Louis Blues 4 (47-23-7, 101 pts) – Calgary Flames 1 (42-29-7, 91 pts)

Chicago Blackhawks 3 (47-24-6, 100pts) – Vancouver Canucks 1 (45-28-5, 95pts)

Los Angeles Kings 8 (38-25-14, 90pts) – Edmonton Oilers 2 (23-42-13, 59pts)

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Sources: Billy Donovan Eyes Jump To NBA

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Sources told ESPN.com that Billy Donovan is poised to draw interest from multiple NBA teams this offseason and is prepared to listen to those pitches after the Gators went 16-17 last season, failing to qualify for postseason play for just the second time in Donovan’s nearly two decades in Gainesville.

Donovan recently agreed to a one-year contract extension to stay with the Gators through the 2020 season, according to multiple media reports, but the contract contains a buyout for a mere $500,000 if an NBA opportunity arises.

The extension is not regarded as an impediment to Donovan’s pursuit of NBA jobs if he wishes.

And the growing feeling in NBA circles is that Donovan — who rejected serious overtures in the 2014 offseason from the Minnesota Timberwolves and Cleveland Cavaliers — is prepared to make the move this offseason if the “right” opportunity arises.

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Kris Bryant: ‘I’m Hungrier Than Ever’

Brian D. Kersey(MESA, Ariz.) — Chicago Cubs prospect Kris Bryant on Thursday spoke publicly for the first time since being sent down to minor league camp. Bryant says he’s disappointed in being demoted but motivated to reach the big leagues soon.

“I don’t want to say I’m mad or anything, I’m just extremely disappointed,” Bryant said on Thursday. “I wanted my performance to matter, and to me it felt like it didn’t matter as much as I thought it would. The dream is on hold for a little bit but I’m hungrier than ever.”

Bryant was the second overall pick in the 2013 amateur draft and led all Cactus and Grapefruit League hitters with nine home runs after hitting 43 last year as minor league player of the year.

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Justin Verlander to Start Season on DL

Robert Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(CLEARWATER, Fla.) — Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander will start the season on the disabled list, manager Brad Ausmus confirmed on Thursday.

Ausmus said that he doesn’t expect Verlander to be on the disabled list for awhile as he’s battling a right triceps injury. He’s even expected to pitch in Florida on Sunday.

Verlander was 15-12 with a 4.54 ERA last year and had 159 strike outs.

The former American League MVP was expected to pitch the second game of the year for Detroit.

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Coco Crisp Needs Surgery, Expected to Be Out Six to Eight Weeks

Oakland A’s/MLB(NEW YORK) — Oakland Athletics left fielder and leadoff hitter Coco Crisp will have arthroscopic surgery on his elbow and will miss six to eight weeks, the San Francisco Chronicle reported on Thursday.

This is not the first time in his career that he’ll be headed to the disabled list. Crisp has made that trip four of his five seasons with the A’s.

Crisp hit .246 with nine home runs, 47 RBIs and 19 stolen bases last season for Oakland.

Crisp signed a two-year contract extension with the club last year and has a club option for 2017.

Oakland is also starting the season without outfielder Josh Reddick, who strained his oblique during spring training.

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