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Tar Heels give up on getting Hairston back

– P.J. Hairston’s career is over at North Carolina.

The school said Friday that it won’t seek Hairston’s reinstatement from the NCAA after the junior committed several rule violations. Hairston hasn’t played all season while the school and NCAA worked to resolve eligibility questions, many stemming from the use of cars linked to a felon and party promoter earlier this year.

Coach Roy Williams said Friday it was “probably the most difficult and saddest thing I’ve ever gone through as a head coach.”

The news came two days after the school announced the NCAA had cleared senior Leslie McDonald to return after missing the first nine games because of related violations.

Hairston led the team in scoring last year and flirted with entering the NBA draft before deciding to return. His family said in a statement that he would decide on his future plans in the coming weeks while wishing the No. 14 Tar Heels continued success.


Around the leagues

Kevin Youkilis is leaving the major leagues after an injury plagued season, agreeing to a one-year contract with the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan’s Pacific League. …

The Cubs agreed to minor league contracts with pitchers Jonathan Sanchez and Tsuyoshi Wada. … Arizona and reliever Brad Ziegler agreed to a two-year, $10.5 million contract.

Oakland signed first baseman Daric Barton to a one-year contract. … Minnesota and catcher Kurt Suzuki agreed to a $2.75 million, one-year contract. … Baltimore relief pitcher Troy Patton was suspended for the first 25 games of next season after a positive test for a banned amphetamine, and the team said it will not be signing free agent closer Grant Balfour. … Pitcher Chien-Ming Wang and nine others agreed to minor league contracts with the Cincinnati.


Around the NBA

Point guard Kendall Marshall signed with the Los Angeles Lakers. … Memphis forward Quincy Pondexter had surgery to repair a stress fracture in his right foot that has him sidelined indefinitely.


8 Cougars named scholar athletes

Saint Francis had eight players selected to the 2013 Daktronics NAIA Scholar Athlete team, including three two-time selections in senior nose guard Matt Carden, senior outside linebacker Devon Rush and senior linebacker/special teams member Joe Torres. First-time selections included senior Brett Guenther and juniors Antoin Campbell, Joey Dynako, Wesley Hunsucker and Micah Noble.

Around campus

Running back Melvin Gordon, who ran for 1,466 yards and 12 touchdowns this season, will return to Wisconsin for his junior season in 2014. … James Madison hired Ohio State assistant coach Everett Withers as its head coach. Withers will remain with the Buckeyes through the Orange Bowl against Clemson on Jan. 3.


Detroit passes 2 measures for arena

The Detroit City Council approved two measures tied to the development of a new Red Wings arena and entertainment complex just north of downtown. The boundaries of the Downtown Development Authority district were expanded to include land where the project could be constructed. A tax financing plan also was green-lighted.