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Out Atlanta Hawks’ third-leading scorer, Lou Williams, will miss the remainder of the season with a right knee injury. The Hawks announced before Saturday night’s game against San Antonio that Williams tore an anterior cruciate ligament in Friday night’s loss at Brooklyn. The tear was found when Williams was examined Saturday.

Celebrated The University of Alabama celebrated its third BCS National Championship in four years in front of thousands of crimson- and-white-clad fans Saturday. The day began with a parade down University Boulevard that concluded at the walk of champions outside Bryant-Denny Stadium. Players, coaches and support staff walked through the plaza, which honors every national championship and SEC championship team in the Crimson Tide’s illustrious history, and up to a stage outside the stadium.

Extended Texas A&M has agreed in principle to give football coach Kevin Sumlin a contract extension and a raise after he led the Aggies to 11 wins in his first season. Sumlin, who was hired from Houston after Mike Sherman was fired, recently completed the first year of a five-year contract worth $2 million a year. Terms of the deal weren’t released.

• Buffalo Sabres general manager Darcy Regier received a contract extension just as the lockout-delayed NHL season is set to start. The deal had been agreed to before Saturday’s announcement by team owner Terry Pegula. Buffalo will open its season today at home against Philadelphia.

Returned Capitals defenseman Tom Poti is back after missing two years because of injuries. The Washington blueliner was in the lineup for Saturday night’s season opener against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Poti has battled physical issues, including a lingering groin injury. Poti recently passed a physical and scored one goal in two games during a conditioning stint at Hershey of the AHL.

Announced Sophomore quarterback Turner Baty is leaving the Kansas program and returning to City College of San Francisco after not getting into a game last season. Jayhawks coach Charlie Weis announced that Baty was transferring in a statement Saturday.

Healing The agent for jockey Ramon Dominguez says doctors are optimistic the nation’s leading rider will fully recover from a fractured skull. The jockey is doing much better after going down in a spill Friday at Aqueduct.

Died Former sumo grand champion Taiho, whose 32 championships are the most in the history of Japan’s ancient sport, has died at age 72. Taiho, who real name was Koki Naya, died of heart disease Saturday at a Tokyo hospital.