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COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Masiello’s lack of degree costs him USF job

TAMPA, Fla. – Steve Masiello’s promising coaching career is in limbo after his deal with South Florida fell apart because he doesn’t have a college diploma.

Manhattan College said yesterday Masiello had been placed on leave while he is “reviewing his degree status.”

South Florida confirmed earlier yesterday it had an agreement in principle to lure Masiello away from Manhattan, but the contract was contingent on “a verification of credentials.”

USF requires its basketball coach to have at least a bachelor’s degree. The 39-year-old Masiello did not graduate after attending Kentucky.

Masiello has a 61-39 record in three seasons at Manhattan. His bio on the school’s athletics web site says he graduated from Kentucky in 2000 with a degree in communications.

NFL

Source: Bears, Allen reach deal for four years

The Chicago Bears replaced one accomplished veteran pass rusher with another yesterday when they agreed to terms with Jared Allen on a four-year contract.

A person with knowledge of the agreement told the Associated Press that Allen will get $15.5 million guaranteed on a deal that could be worth as much as $32 million.

The 31-year-old Allen will take over for Julius Peppers, who signed with Green Bay as a free agent after being released by the Bears.

NFL

No surgery for former Bills QB Kelly for cancer

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Doctors treating Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly said yesterday he will not immediately undergo surgery for a recurrence of cancer.

Instead, the longtime Buffalo Bills star will likely first be treated with chemotherapy and radiation, according to a statement from Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

“Jim Kelly’s condition remains very treatable and potentially curable,” Dr. Peter Costantino said in the statement. “Our immediate focus is on controlling his pain and beginning the process of eradicating the cancer.”

Kelly underwent surgery in Buffalo last June to remove a squamous cell carcinoma from his upper jaw. He had been expected to undergo additional surgery this week or next week after the cancer was found to have returned, his brother, Dan Kelly, said Tuesday.

BASEBALL

Rangers RHP Darvish has no structural damage

SURPRISE, Ariz. – The Texas Rangers said ace Yu Darvish has no structural damage in his stiff neck but will likely begin the season on the disabled list.

Darvish was examined yesterday by Dr. Keith Meister in Dallas. The right-hander will start a throwing program on Saturday.

Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels said he expects Darvish will be put on the 15-day DL.

BASEBALL

Angels cut Blanton, who is owed $8.5 million

PHOENIX, Ariz. – The Los Angeles Angels granted right-handed pitcher Joe Blanton his unconditional release, but will still have to pay him $8.5 million.

The 33-year-old Blanton struggled in spring training with a 7.08 ERA in five appearances over 20.1 innings. He was 2-14 last year and sent to the bullpen in midseason.

TENNIS

Djokovic beats Murray in Sony quarterfinals

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. – Novak Djokovic benefited from an erroneous call in the pivotal game yesterday to beat Andy Murray, 7-5, 6-3, in the quarterfinals of the Sony Open.

The disputed point occurred on the first point of the 12th game, with Murray serving at 5-6. Djokovic charged forward to volley a short ball and hit it for a winner.

Murray argued – and TV replays confirmed – that he should have be awarded the point because Djokovic’s racket was on the other side of the net when he hit the ball, but chair umpire Damian Steiner disagreed. Such calls can’t be appealed for video review.

Djokovic will play tomorrow against the winner of the match last night between Roger Federer and Kei Nishikori.

Dominika Cibulkova erased three match points in the second set – one when a call was overturned via replay – and beat Agnieszka Radwanska, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3. In today’s semifinals, the No. 10-seeded Cibulkova will play the winner of the match last night between No. 2 Li Na and No. 11 Caroline Wozniacki.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Navy RB McKamey dies while in coma

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Navy football player Will McKamey, who had been hospitalized since collapsing at practice three days ago, died while in a coma. He was 19.

The academy said the freshman running back from Knoxville, Tenn., died at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore on Tuesday with his family by his side.

He collapsed during spring practice Saturday and was airlifted to the Shock Trauma Center.

Will McKamey played for his father and ran for more than 2,000 yards as a senior at Grace Christian in 2012. He suffered a head injury during a game late in the season that caused him to be hospitalized. His family said he had been cleared to resume playing football after seeing four neurosurgeons and undergoing several CAT scans and MRI exams.

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