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Press Box: UNC coach Williams leaves hospital after tumor removal

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North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams left the hospital Thursday, one day after having a tumor removed from his right kidney, the school announced.

Williams may need to undergo a second procedure next month, this time on his left kidney, depending on whether the removed tumor was malignant. It could take up to a week to get the results.

Williams, 62, should return to the court when UNC begins basketball practice next month, and the doctor who performed the surgery issued a statement that said he expects Williams "to coach this season and for years to come."

If needed, a second surgery would force Williams to miss practices, but not games. The tumors were discovered during a physical earlier this month.

--Though Jim Calhoun retired from coaching the University of Connecticut men's basketball team, he'll still collect nearly $3 million between now and June, according to a Hartford Courant report.

Calhoun will serve as an adviser in a number of ways. If he opts to accept a final $1 million retirement payment by March 15, 2013, his total compensation increases to about $3.75 million.

GOLF

--Fred Couples earned his place in the World Golf Hall of Fame.

The former Masters champion and one of the game's most popular figures, Couples will be enshrined next May, officials announced Wednesday.

Couples, 52, has 15 wins on the PGA Tour, including the 1992 Masters. Next year, he will become a three-time captain of the Presidents Cup team.

NBA

---Suns forward Channing Frye will miss the 2012-13 season because of medical concerns. Frye developed a dilated cardiomyopathy, which is an enlarged heart, according to the Arizona Republic.

"The good news is it is a virus so it does have a good chance of going away," Frye said, according to the Republic. "My heart can be normal again."

Frye will not participate in any basketball activities and his progress will be re-evaluated in December.

--Free-agent center Darko Milicic has joined the Boston Celtics, his agent confirmed to ESPN.com.

Milicic had received strong interest from teams overseas, but opted to remain in the NBA. He's expected to make the deal official in Boston by the end of week, agent Marc Cornstein told ESPN.com.

The 27-year-old spent left the Minnesota Timberwolves in July through the amnesty clause. He had two seasons left on a four-year, $20 million contract signed in 2010.

NHL

---Boston Bruins center Tyler Seguin has agreed to join EHC Biel in Switzerland, according to multiple reports.

Like all players signing overseas during the lockout, Seguin will rejoin the Bruins when the lockout ends. He scored 29 goals in 81 games during his sophomore season in the league.
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