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Joshua Smith of Georgetown is academically ineligible

Georgetown junior center Joshua Smith is academically ineligible and will miss the remainder of the season. Smith, a graduate of Kentwood High School in Covington, transferred to Georgetown from UCLA.


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College basketball

Georgetown’s Smith is academically ineligible

Georgetown starting center Joshua Smith is academically ineligible and will miss the remainder of the season.

Smith, a graduate of Kentwood High School in Covington who transferred to Georgetown from UCLA, was third in scoring at 11.5 points for the Hoyas (11-7 overall, 3-3 Big East).

Smith, who missed five games for academic reasons, shot 65.5 percent from the field. The 6-foot-10, 350-pound junior averaged 3.4 rebounds.

“It’s disappointing,” Georgetown coach John Thompson III said Friday. “So much was geared toward (Josh’s) presence.”

The Hoyas also are without starting guard Jabril Trawick, who has a broken jaw and has missed the last four games.

“Now, here in the middle of the season, between (Smith) and Jabril, you lose two starters. You have to reshuffle everything,” Thompson said. “But this is Georgetown. We have a set of standards here. Everyone has a responsibility above and beyond what goes on those doors right there.

“He let his teammates down, but the rest of the group will try to regroup here and figure it out.”

Thompson said Smith would practice with the team in an effort to be eligible for the 2014-15 season.

Baseball

Ex-M’s Figgins, Garcia get minor-league deals

Former Seattle Mariners Chone Figgins and Freddy Garcia have minor-league contracts that include invitations to big-league training camps.

Infielder Figgins, 36, signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He played for the Mariners from 2010 through 2012 and had a .227 batting average — after hitting .291 the previous eight seasons for the Los Angeles Angels.

Right-hander Garcia, 37, has a chance to pitch for Atlanta again. After being acquired from Baltimore, Garcia was 1-2 with a 1.65 earned-run average in 271 / 3 innings for the Braves last year.

Garcia was a Mariner from 1999 to 2004 and had a 76-50 record with a 3.89 ERA. He was selected for the All-Star Game twice.

In other transactions, the Chicago Cubs and All-Star pitcher Travis Wood, 26, agreed on a one-year contract for a reported $3.9 million that avoids an arbitration hearing; the Chicago White Sox gave manager Robin Ventura, 46, a multiyear extension; and third baseman Ty Wigginton, 36, signed a minor-league contract with Miami and has been invited to camp.

Ex-Mariner Balentien pleads not guilty

Wladimir Balentien, who set a Japan record by hitting 60 home runs last year for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows, pleaded not guilty to charges of domestic violence in Florida.

Balentien, 29, was a Mariner from 2007 to 2009; he played in 130 games for the M’s, hitting .209 with 12 homers.

Court records show Balentien is charged with false imprisonment and battery after a confrontation this month at his estranged wife’s Miami-area home. Police say Balentien pulled out screens at the home and climbed through a window. He is accused of grabbing his wife’s arm as she ran upstairs and following her into a bedroom.

NHL

Marleau, Thornton sign 3-year extensions

The San Jose Sharks secured two of their cornerstone players before they could hit the open market this summer, signing three-year extensions with 34-year-old forwards Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton.

Marleau, a former Western Hockey League Seattle Thunderbird, is San Jose’s career leader in goals (425) and points (908). His extension is worth $6.66 million per year, compared with captain Thornton’s $6.75 million per year.

ELSEWHERE

• Missouri rebutted an ESPN “Outside the Lines” story, denying university officials acted improperly by failing to report an alleged sexual assault against a female swimmer who later committed suicide.

According to documents obtained by ESPN, Sasha Menu Courey alleged she had been raped by a Tigers football player in 2010. The Kansas City Star confirmed the incident was never reported to Missouri or Columbia police, but the ESPN story indicated medical personnel at the school were aware of Menu Courey’s accusation.

• Stanford promoted assistant football coach Lance Anderson to defensive coordinator. He replaces Derek Mason, who left to become Vanderbilt’s coach.

• German Maria Hoefl-Riesch, the overall World Cup women’s skiing leader, won a downhill race in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. Meanwhile, German Felix Neureuther took a men’s World Cup slalom in Kitzbuehel, Austria.

• Spanish midfielder Juan Mata apparently is headed to Manchester United, which has agreed to acquire him from Chelsea — another English Premier League soccer team — pending a physical and “the agreement of personal terms.”

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