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Donovan agrees to deal to coach NBA’s Magic

| Friday, June 1, 2007 12:00 a.m

Rich history wasn’t enough to lure Billy Donovan away from Florida. In the end, it was just riches.

Donovan will have plenty of them after he was hired to coach the Orlando Magic on Thursday.

“Billy Donovan is a winner,” general manager Otis Smith said in a statement. “We feel he is the right person to develop and maximize the talents of our players. We look forward to Billy leading us to the next level.”

Donovan has been the subject of speculation since the Gators’ second straight NCAA championship in April. He turned down an offer to coach Kentucky, whose storied program launched his career as an assistant in 1990, and was more recently linked to the Memphis Grizzlies’ vacant coaching job.

Pro basketball

* Jim O’Brien was hired as coach of the Indiana Pacers. O’Brien previously coached in Boston and Philadelphia, compiling a 182-158 record in five seasons. He has been out of coaching since he was fired by the 76ers after the 2005 season.


* A state investigation found no evidence that workers at Mike Shannon’s restaurant knew Josh Hancock was drunk when they served the Cardinals pitcher alcohol in the hours prior to his fatal accident.

* Jason Giambi will be sidelined at least three weeks because of torn tissue in the arch of his left foot.


* Thiel has announced it will reinstate both the men’s and women’s cross country programs this fall.


* NFL clubs may no longer serve alcohol at team functions or on buses or flights, extending a ban that until now applied only in locker rooms. NFL owners and executives were told yesterday by commissioner Roger Goodell that the rule pertains not only to players but to owners, coaches and guests.

* In Surry, Va., informants have come forward saying they can link Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick to dog fighting, the prosecutor in the case said, and he has turned their accounts and contact information over to investigators.


* In Dublin, Ohio, Phil Mickelson withdrew from the Memorial after 11 holes because of an injury to his left wrist, which he suspects happened at Oakmont earlier this week as he practiced chipping out of the deep rough while preparing for the U.S. Open. Sean O’Hair shot a 7-under-par 65 and was tied with the Australian duo of Rod Pampling and Nick O’Hern. Tiger Woods shot a 70.

* In Mt. Pleasant, S.C., Annika Sorenstam shot an even-par 72 at the LPGA Ginn Tribute after nearly two months off the tour because of a ruptured disk and a bulging disk. Michelle Wie withdrew after shooting 14-over for 16 holes — including a 10 on the par-5 third when her drive hit a parked car and fell down a storm drain — and saying she had reaggravated a season-long wrist injury. Rookie Angela Park was the leader at 6-under 66.


* The Hill Family Partnership and other limited partners have purchased the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, according to a statement released by the new owners and the United Soccer Leagues.


* Lleyton Hewitt rallied from two sets down for the fourth time in his career and beat 2004 champion Gaston Gaudio, 4-6, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2, in the second round of the French Open. Two-time defending champion Rafael Nadal also advanced, extending his record at Roland Garros to 16-0. Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, Amelie Mauresmo and Svetlana Kuznetsova won in the women’s draw.

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