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Torino fire Mihajlovic

TURIN, Italy (AP):

Torino fired coach Sinisa Mihajlovic yesterday and hired Walter Mazzarri, the former Napoli, Inter Milan, and Watford coach.

Mazzarri signed a contract through the 2019-20 season with the Serie A team.

Mihajlovic lost his job a day after Torino were eliminated from the Italian Cup with a derby defeat to Juventus.

Torino announced the decision on its website yesterday, thanking Mihajlovic for his "dedication and passion" for the club.

Torino has won just one of their last eight Serie A matches, and are 10th in the 20-team league. Ten draws in 19 matches played a role in Mihajlovic's downfall.

Verona given suspended sentence for racist chants

MILAN (AP) Racist chanting has resulted in Hellas Verona being given a suspended one-year sentence for a partial stadium closure.

The league judge says that Verona supporters aimed the chants at Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi for 10 seconds early in Juve's 3-1 Serie A win on Saturday - in which Matuidi scored the first goal.

The ban was suspended since it was Verona's first offence this season. The partial stadium closure will come into effect only if there is another offence over the next year.

Verona was also fined 20,000 euros (US$24,000). Matuidi was born in France to an Angolan father and a Congolese mother. He plays for France's national team.

Durant donates $3 million to University of Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant is donating $3 million to the University of Texas, where he won national player of the year honours in his lone season before turning pro.

The donation will support the Longhorns basketball programme and the school's Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation. Part of the Texas basketball facility will bear Durant's name. The donation will pay for renovations made to the men's and women's practise facility and locker rooms.

Durant played at Texas during the 2006-2007 season. Durant said his year with the Longhorns built the foundation of who he is today as a player and person.

Durant is an eight-time NBA All-Star and won the 2017 NBA Finals MVP while leading the Warriors to the championship.