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Hired The University of Virginia has hired Richmond’s Mike London as its football coach.

London replaces Al Groh, who was fired a week ago. London agreed to a five-year deal, in which he’ll be paid $1.7 million annually. He spent six years as an assistant at Virginia, serving as defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator from 2001-04, and as defensive coordinator in 2006 and 2007. In between, he was the defensive line coach for the NFL’s Houston Texans in 2005.

Acquired Right-hander Scott Atchison has agreed to a one-year contact with the Boston Red Sox after spending the last two seasons with Hanshin of Japan’s Central League. The 33-year-old is 2-3 with a 4.10 ERA in 53 games with Seattle (2004-05) and San Francisco (2007). He is guaranteed $430,000 in the deal. Atchison gets $420,000 next season, and the Red Sox have a 2011 option at $40,000 above the minimum with a $10,000 buyout. Boston has a 2012 option at $200,000 above the minimum.

Traded Brian Bruney, a 27-year-old right-hander, was dealt to the Washington Nationals from the New York Yankees for a player to be named. Bruney had a $1.25 million salary this year and is eligible for arbitration. He won’t be eligible for free agency until after the 2011 season.

Retired Darren McCarty, a 15-year veteran who won four Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings, officially announced his retirement. The 37-year-old McCarty spent 13 seasons with the Red Wings. He appeared in 758 games overall, recording 127 goals, 288 points and 1,477 penalty minutes.

Fired Veteran football coach Pete Richardson has been fired after serving 17 years at Southern University. Southern athletic director Greg Lafleur said offensive line coach Damon Nivens will serve as interim coach until a replacement is named. Known as the “Dean of the SWAC,” Richardson had a 134-62 record in 17 years at Southern. That included four 11-win seasons and one 12-win season.