Brewers’ Hart set for knee surgery
• Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Corey Hart will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Tuesday in Milwaukee and will be out for the next three to four months. Hart, 30, batted .270 with 30 home runs and 83 RBI in 149 games last season.
• The Kansas City Royals agreed to a one-year, $4.65 million deal with right-hander Luke Hochevar to avoid arbitration.
• The Boston Red Sox signed Jacoby Ellsbury to a one-year contract worth $9 million.
• Reigning NL MVP Buster Posey agreed to an $8 million, one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants and teammate Hunter Pence got a $13.8 million deal.
• The Arizona Diamondbacks reached agreement on terms for a one-year, $4.27 million contract with right-hander Ian Kennedy.
• Catcher Josh Thole agreed to a $2.5 million, two-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays.
• The Atlanta Braves agreed to a one-year deal worth $3.65 million with outfielder Jason Heyward.
• The Washington Nationals agreed to a $2,337,500, one-year deal with left-hander Ross Detwiler.
Virginia Tech hires Loeffler as top aide
• Former standout Barberton High School quarterback Scot Loeffler was hired as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Virginia Tech. Loeffler was the offensive coordinator at Auburn last year. Jeff Grimes was named offensive line coach and Aaron Moorehead wide receivers coach.
• New Purdue coach Darrell Hazell added two former Kent State assistants to his new staff. Tommy Cook will be supervisor of football operations and Doug Davis will be head strength and conditioning coach.
• Delaware hired Rutgers offensive coordinator Dave Brock to be its coach.
Gentry gives up coaching Suns
• The Phoenix Suns said the team and coach Alvin Gentry have “mutually agreed to part ways.” Gentry had coached the Suns since the All-Star break of the 2008-09 season, compiling a 158-144 record. The Suns said in a news release that an interim coach would be named soon.
• Minnesota Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic will miss the next seven to 10 days because of badly bruised right quadriceps.
Hahn, Castro lead Humana Challenge
• James Hahn and Roberto Castro remained atop the Humana Challenge leaderboard in La Quinta, Calif., shooting 5-under 67 in the pro-am tournament. Hahn and Castro were 14 under after another day of perfect conditions.
• Justin Rose shot a 69 for a 136 total and a 1-shot lead at the halfway point of the Abu Dhabi Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy both shot 3-over 75 and missed the cut.
Pinturault captures super-combined
• Alexis Pinturault of France used his superior slalom skills to win a World Cup super-combined in Wengen, Switzerland, while Ted Ligety skied out. he finished ahead of Ivica Kostelic.
— From wire reports