Pitt signs coach Jeff Capel to 2-year ex­ten­sion

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - SPORTS -

PITTS­BURGH (AP) >> Pitts­burgh bas­ket­ball coach Jeff Capel has agreed to a two-year con­tract ex­ten­sion that would keep him with the Pan­thers through the 202627 sea­son.

The deal, an­nounced Wednesday, gives Capel more time to con­tinue the re­build­ing project he took on when Pitt hired him in April 2018. Capel guided the Pan­thers to a 14-19 mark in his first sea­son, a six-win im­prove­ment from for­mer coach Kevin Stallings’ night­mar­ish fi­nal year with the Pan­thers in which Pitt went win­less in At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence play.

Capel said in a state­ment he is ex­cited about the di­rec­tion of the pro­gram. Pitt is 10-4 head­ing into Wednesday night’s game at North Carolina, in­clud­ing a 1-2 mark in the ACC. Lo­cal in­ter­est in the Pan­thers has ticked up con­sid­er­ably dur­ing Capel’s brief ten­ure.

ANA­HEIM, CALIF. (AP) >> Catcher Ja­son Castro has fi­nal­ized a $6.85 mil­lion, one-year con­tract with the Los An­ge­les An­gels.

The An­gels an­nounced the agree­ment Tues­day af­ter the sides reached a deal last week. Left-han­der Adal­berto Me­jía was des­ig­nated for as­sign­ment to make room.

The 32-year-old Castro is a re­spected de­fen­sive catcher who com­mit­ted just one er­ror last sea­son and bol­stered his rep­u­ta­tion for work­ing well with young pitch­ers. He spent the last three sea­sons with the Min­nesota Twins, and he posted a ca­reer-best .767 on-base per­cent­age last sea­son while con­tribut­ing 13 homers and 30 RBIs.

Castro would get a one-time $250,000 as­sign­ment bonus if traded, payable by the re­ceiv­ing team.

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