Purchased Potential Seattle NBA owner Chris Hansen, who in January purchased 65 percent of the Sacramento Kings, agreed Wednesday to buy a 7 percent share in a Sacramento bankruptcy court. The share had been owned by Bob Cook, who had been a part-owner of the Kings since 1985 before filing for bankruptcy in 2011.
Extended Connecticut women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma signed a new five-year, $10.86 million contract, a deal designed to keep him at the school through the 2017-18 season.
• Memphis men’s basketball coach Josh Pastner has agreed to a contract extension. The length of the extension and financial terms weren’t disclosed.
Out Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace will have surgery today on a torn meniscus in his left knee and miss the next six weeks. He is averaging 12.8 points and 5.1 rebounds.
• The Pittsburgh Penguins placed star defenseman Kris Letang back on injured reserve with a lower body injury and recalled rookie Simon Despres from the AHL. Letang returned from the IR on Tuesday night after missing three games due to the injury.
Signed The Houston Texans signed unrestricted free agent fullback Greg Jones. Terms of Jones’ contract were not disclosed. Jones played his first nine NFL seasons with Jacksonville.
• The Atlanta Falcons found a replacement for John Abraham by reaching an agreement with free-agent defensive end Osi Umenyiora on a two-year contract. With Umenyiora, 31, the Falcons have a slightly younger replacement.
• The Baltimore Ravens agreed to a three-year deal with former Oakland Raiders safety Michael Huff, pending a physical.
Released The San Diego Chargers released left tackle Jared Gaither, which will cost them a $6 million hit against the salary cap.
Joining East Carolina will join the soon-to-be- renamed Big East as an all-sports member, instead of just for football as originally planned. Tulsa is also expected to join the Big East soon.
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