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Babcock goes from Red Wings to Maple Leafs

Mike Babcock is switching one Original Six NHL franchise for another after being hired to coach the Toronto Maple Leafs yesterday. Babcock, who spent the past 10 seasons in Detroit and won a Stanley Cup in 2008, will be introduced at a news conference today. Babcock agreed to an eight-year contract that makes him the highest-paid coach in the NHL, a reported $50 million deal at an average of $6.25 million a season . . . The Boston Bruins have elevated former defenseman Don Sweeney to general manager. Sweeney has spent the past six seasons as the assistant general manager and takes over for his former boss, Peter Chiarelli, who was fired last month.

COLLEGESKentucky hoops finishes high academically

Kentucky's men's basketball team was nearly as perfect in the classroom in 2013-14 as it was on the basketball court last season. The school often criticized for embracing one-and-done players was singled out by the NCAA for public recognition after finishing among the top 10 percent of men's basketball teams academically. The Wildcats and Duke, which won its fifth national championship in April, both made the list. -- AP

Oceanside's Sabety transfers to Hofstra

Hofstra added Oceanside's Hunter Sabety, a 6-8 forward, to its men's basketball team. Sabety played his freshman and sophomore seasons at Tufts University and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer regulations.


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