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The Sacramento Kings signed forward Royce White to a 10-day contract, the team announced Thursday.

White had been assigned to the Kings Development League affiliate Reno Bighorns.

White was originally selected by the Houston Rockets in the first round (16th overall) of the 2012 NBA Draft.

NHL

The NHL reduced the penalties that the New Jersey Devils were dealt when they signed forward Ilya Kovalchuk in 2010 to what was deemed a cap-circumventing contract, the league announced Thursday.

The Devils will be able to keep their first-round draft pick this year. Originally, New Jersey was fined $3 million, lost a third-round draft pick in 2011 and would also lose a first-round pick.

After electing to keep their pick for the first three years, this was going to be the year the Devils gave up their first-rounder.

Kovalchuk surprised the league last year by calling it quits on his NHL career, but then signed a four-year contract with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL. Kovalchuk retired from the NHL, just three years removed from signing a 15-year, $100 million contract with the Devils. Kovalchuk still had $77 million remaining on the deal.

---The Nashville Predators reassigned forward Simon Moser to Milwaukee of the American Hockey League, the team announced Thursday.

Moser, 24, has played in six games with one goal and one assist this season for the Predators.

CFB

Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel agreed to a new contract worth $3.3 million annually through 2020.

Pinkel led Missouri to an 11-1 regular-season record and Southeastern Conference championship game appearance, where the Tigers lost to Auburn, but he's 102-63.

Pinkel was an assistant coach at Washington for 12 seasons. He had an opportunity to return to Seattle but for the second time, turned down the chance to interview -- as he did in 2008, when Steve Sarkisian was hired. Sarkisian left Washington in December, accepting what he called his dream job at Southern Cal.

CBK

South Carolina coach Frank Martin was suspended by the university for the Gamecocks' regular-season finale on Saturday at Mississippi State after a verbal outburst directed at one of his players.

Martin will not accompany the team to Starkville, Miss., for the Southeastern Conference game against the Bulldogs. South Carolina associate head coach Mat Figger will handle Martin's duties.

The fiery Martin was caught on camera yelling at freshman guard Duane Notice "answer the f------- question, a------" during the Gamecocks' 72-46 loss to top-ranked Florida on Tuesday night.
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