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02/11/2010 - 5:12pm
Calhoun returns to coach UConn

University of Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun has returned from his leave of absence to coach the Huskies. Calhoun, 67, missed the last seven games due to an undisclosed health condition. He went on temporary medical leave on Jan. 19. "I am excited to return to the team and my coaching staff," Calhoun said in a statement issued by the school. "I appreciate the hard work by the staff and team in my absence and am looking forward to being back on the court for practice [Thursday] afternoon and moving forward." The Huskies were 3-4 under assistant George Blaney. UConn fell to 14-9 after dropping a tough road game to Syracuse on Wednesday night. The Huskies desperately need to put together a win streak if they are to regain NCAA tournament consideration.


02/11/2010 - 3:50pm
Billerica's Glavine officially retires

Tom Glavine, who grew up in Billerica, Mass., officially retired on Thursday and reunited with the Atlanta Braves organization. The Braves announced that Glavine accepted an invitation to serve as a special assistant to team president John Schuerholz. Glavine won two Cy Young Awards and was selected as an MLB All-Star 10 times. The lefty  also was named World Series MVP when the Braves beat the Cleveland Indians in 1995.


02/11/2010 - 1:19pm
Pitino denies interest in Nets job

Former Celtics coach and current University of Louisville mentor Rick Pitino told ESPN.com that a report in the New York Daily News suggesting he had reached out to the management of the New Jersey Nets, having intermediaries contact Nets president Rod Thorn regarding the teams head coaching position, are false. "There's not an ounce of truth to it," Pitino told ESPN.com's Pat Forde. Pitino went on to say, "I have no interest, period. I'm done with coaching professional basketball. I've put the professional ranks behind me." According to the ESPN report, sources within the Nets organization told the ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard that Pinto may have used third-party contacts to get word to the Nets' incoming owner, Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, of the coach's potential interest.


02/11/2010 - 12:52pm
Red Sox out of hunt for Takahashi

According to a source familiar with the negotiations, the Red Sox are no longer in the mix for the services of pitcher Hisanori Takahashi, who the New York Times is reporting is on the verge of an agreement with the New York Mets. The Sox had offered the Japanese lefty a minor league deal, with the opportunity to compete for a spot in the team's bullpen. According to the Times report, Takahashi, who has been a starter for most of his professional career, will be eligible to make $1 million for the 2010 season with the Mets, with another potential $500,000 in bonuses.


02/11/2010 - 12:32pm
Rondo not 'responsive' to Team USA

According to Jerry Colangelo, who was, along with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, charged with forming the 27-person pool of players to potentially play for Team USA, Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo showed no interest in being added to the list of players under consideration for the squad. "Rondo was not responsive to the inquiries regarding his interest," said Colangelo, who said along with Andrew Bynum, three or four unnamed players declined the invite. “So we just assumed that was the case.” The U.S. team is loaded at the point guard position, with Chris Paul, Deron Williams and Chauncey Billups all being selected to the pool. Jason Kidd declined the invite, as he retired from international competition after the 2008 Beijing Games with a gold medal. The only Celtics player to be selected for consideration was center Kendrick Perkins....

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