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Tue., March 8, 2011, midnight

Fired Texas Tech has fired men’s basketball coach Pat Knight. School spokesman Blayne Beal said Monday that Knight will coach the Red Raiders at this week’s Big 12 tournament and then will step down. Knight is in his third year as head coach. He took over the program from his famous father, Bob Knight, midseason in February 2008.

Missed Charlotte Bobcats coach Paul Silas says plans to bring back undrafted rookie Sherron Collins after waiving him, were foiled last week after Collins missed two flights the team had arranged from his hometown of Chicago. The Bobcats filled the roster spot by signing guard Garrett Temple of the NBA Development League to a 10-day contract.

Sentenced Two disgraced former University of Kansas officials will spend the next two years on probation for failing to tell authorities about a $2 million ticket scalping scheme that embarrassed the school, angered donors and led colleges across the nation to examine their own procedures. U.S. District Judge Wesley Brown ordered Brandon Simmons, the school’s former athletic director of sales and marketing, to also pay $157,480 in restitution. He ordered Jason Jeffries, the former assistant director of ticket operations, to pay $56,000 in restitution.

Sidelined The Phoenix Suns are expected to be without forward Channing Frye for two to three weeks because of a dislocated right shoulder. The sharpshooting 7-footer was injured with 6 1/2 minutes to play in Sunday night’s 122-118 overtime loss at Oklahoma City.

Required Two-time Olympic halfpipe gold medalist Shaun White needs surgery on his foot and will miss this weekend’s U.S. Snowboarding Championships. An e-mail from White’s publicist says White will have “minor” surgery. She did not specify which foot is injured or how bad the injury is.

Signed Free-agent first baseman Nick Johnson was signed to a minor-league contract with an invitation to the major league training camp by the Cleveland Indians, who also locked up 25 roster players to one-year deals.

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