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Press Box: McDonagh agrees to $28.2 million deal with N.Y. Rangers

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The New York Rangers agreed to a six-year, $28.2 million deal with restricted free agent Ryan McDonagh on Monday, according to the New York Post.

McDonagh, a 24-year-old, up-and-coming defenseman, scored four goals and had 15 assists in 47 games for the Rangers last season.

He played all 82 games in 2011-12. He averaged more than 24 minutes per game both seasons.

The Rangers have about $6.5 million in salary cap space with which to work to try to re-sign free agents Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin. That may not be easy as they still have to sign newly-acquired Justin Falk, who is a restricted free agent.


---The rental car North Carolina junior P.J. Hairston was driving when he was arrested in June was registered to convicted felon Haydn Thomas.

Hairston was also cited for speeding in May while driving a rental car registered to a woman with the same address as Thomas.

USA Today found out that the Chevrolet Camaro SS rental that Hairston drove was paid for by Catinia Farrington, whose Durham, N.C., address matched Thomas' on Hertz rental car receipts the newspaper obtained. He was cited on May 13.

Hairston was arrested June 5 on marijuana possession charges.

Hairston led the Tar Heels in scoring with 14.6 points per game last season.


--- Jeremy Hill, LSU's leading rusher last season as a freshman, was formally charged with battery as a result of an incident that occurred two months ago, The New Orleans Times Picayune reported.

Hill, who is already on indefinite suspension from the Tigers football team,l was arrested in late April, after he and another man, Robert Bayardo, allegedly punched a male victim.

Hill was previously arrested on a felony charge of oral sexual battery involving a 14-year-old girl, according to the report. He later pleaded guilty to carnal knowledge of a juvenile, a misdemeanor.

Hill rushed for 755 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2012.
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