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Texas Tech introduces Smith as new coach
LUBBOCK, Texas – It is Tubby time at Texas Tech.
The school introduced Tubby Smith yesterday and he said he’ll fit in just fine in West Texas, where cowboy hats and cowboy boots are more prominent than other places he’s coached. He says he already has a pair of boots, but just didn’t have them with him.
Smith was fired by Minnesota last week after six seasons and landed his new job Monday. He takes over a program that hasn’t had a winning conference record since 2006-07, and one that went 19-43 the past two seasons.
The Red Raiders last went to the NCAA tournament in 2007.
Penguins captain Crosby out of hospital
PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is out of the hospital after breaking his jaw Saturday.
The Penguins confirmed on their Twitter account yesterday that Crosby had been released a day earlier. He will be out of the lineup indefinitely after undergoing surgery.
Crosby was hurt in the first period of the Penguins’ 2-0 win over the New York Islanders when he was struck in the mouth by a puck from a deflected shot.
The Eastern Conference-leading Penguins, with 15 straight wins, played their first game without Crosby last night at home against Buffalo.
Canucks acquire center Roy from Dallas
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – The Vancouver Canucks acquired center Derek Roy from the Dallas Stars to add some much-needed depth at forward.
The Canucks sent defenseman Kevin Connauton and a second-round pick to Dallas. The team confirmed the trade on its website yesterday.
Vancouver needs scoring with its second line hit hard by injuries. Mason Raymond recently joined Ryan Kesler and David Booth on the injured list with a sore shoulder.
Roy has four goals and 18 assists in 30 games with Dallas this season. He previously spent eight seasons with the Buffalo Sabres, scoring 161 goals with 266 assists in 549 games.
The Ottawa native will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.
Connauton has seven goals, 18 assists and a minus-12 rating in 60 games with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves this season.
Capitals re-sign Hillen, make several other moves
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals re-signed defenseman Jack Hillen to a two-year, $1.4 million contract extension, one of several moves made by the team yesterday.
Hillen will earn $700,000 in both the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons. He has played in 10 games this year after missing 25 with an injury.
The Capitals also assigned defensemen Tomas Kundratek and Dmitry Orlov to Hershey of the AHL and activated defenseman John Erskine from injured reserve. Erskine had been out since March 9 with an upper body injury.
The Capitals signed free agent defenseman Nate Schmidt to a two-year, entry-level contract beginning this season. Schmidt comes from the University of Minnesota.
The Capitals made a trade involving minor leaguers, acquiring left wing Dane Byers from the Edmonton Oilers for defenseman Garrett Stafford.
Indians’ Kazmir hurts abdominal, could miss start
TORONTO – Cleveland pitcher Scott Kazmir has a sore abdominal muscle and might miss his first scheduled start for the Indians.
Kazmir felt sore after playing catch on flat ground during a team workout Monday.
Manager Terry Francona said Kazmir will be reevaluated after he tries to throw a bullpen today. The 29-year-old lefty was set to start Saturday at Tampa Bay.
Kazmir hasn’t pitched in the major leagues in almost two years. A two-time All-Star with Tampa Bay, he was released by the Angels in 2011 and pitched last season in independent ball.
The Indians selected Kazmir for the 25-man roster and optioned left-hander Nick Hagadone to Triple-A Columbus. Cleveland also outrighted lefty David Huff to Columbus and had outfielder Ezequiel Carrera claimed off waivers by Philadelphia.
Reds OF Ludwick needs shoulder surgery
CINCINNATI – Reds outfielder Ryan Ludwick tore cartilage in his right shoulder while sliding into base during the season opener and will need surgery.
The team didn’t project yesterday how long Ludwick will be out.
Ludwick dislocated his right shoulder on a headfirst slide into third base in the third inning of Cincinnati’s 3-1, 13-inning loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Monday. He had an MRI yesterday – the team’s day off – that detected the torn cartilage.
He’s scheduled for surgery today. The Reds will place him on the 15-day disabled list before playing the Angels.
It’s a significant setback for the defending NL Central champions, who relied on Ludwick to pull them through the loss of Joey Votto last season.
Bucs sign five veterans, including Kaeding
TAMPA, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers got active yesterday in free agency by signing five players: kicker Nate Kaeding, defensive linemen George Selvie and Derek Landri, running back Brian Leonard and wide receiver Steve Smith.
None projects as a likely starter for Tampa, which has made only one impact signing so far in free agency by adding All-Pro safety Dashon Goldson.
Kaeding’s career field goal percentage (.862) ranks as second in NFL history to Mike Vanderjagt’s .865. Kaeding has played eight NFL seasons, first with San Diego, then with Miami. In his career, he has made 181 of 210 field goals and 352 of 354 extra points (.994).
Kaeding will try to unseat Connor Barth, who signed a long-term deal in 2012.
Heading into his seventh season, Smith has been plagued by injuries in recent years with St. Louis and Philadelphia after making the Pro Bowl with the Giants in 2009. Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan was his position coach in New York from 2007-09 and they won Super Bowl together there.
Bills sign free-agent DL Branch to 1-year deal
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – The Buffalo Bills signed free agent defensive lineman Alan Branch to a one-year contract.
The signing was announced yesterday after Branch visited the team’s facility.
Listed at 6-foot-6 and 325 pounds, Branch enters his seventh NFL season after spending the past two as a starter with the Seattle Seahawks. He played his first four seasons in Arizona after being selected early in the second round by the Cardinals in the 2007 draft out of Michigan.
He had four of his eight career sacks with the Seahawks.
Branch is regarded as a solid run stuffer, and has the versatility of being able to play every defensive line position.
The Bills’ defense is in transition under new coordinator Mike Pettine, who’s noted for his aggressive approach with the New York Jets.
Former NFL coach Jack Pardee dies at 76
HOUSTON – Jack Pardee, one of Bear Bryant’s “Junction Boys” at Texas A&M who went on to become an All-Pro linebacker and an NFL coach, has died, University of Houston spokesman David Bassity said Monday.
Pardee was 76.
Bassity said that Pardee’s son Ted confirmed the death to him.
Pardee’s family announced that he had gall bladder cancer that had spread to other organs and that he had six to nine months to live in November.
Pardee was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1986.