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Donovan: Magic a perfect mix

For Billy Donovan, it's the perfect mix: the money, the team, the location.

After leading Florida to two straight NCAA titles and building a budding dynasty in 11 years at the school, he's off to the NBA to coach the Orlando Magic.

"I feel like I've got great passion," Donovan said yesterday after agreeing to a 5-year, $27.5 million contract. "I feel like I've got a tremendous work ethic. I feel like I love the game. I know I'm going to work very, very hard at that, and I am excited about that kind of challenge."

Donovan, 42, whose Gators became the first back-to-back champions in 15 years, said the decision was a struggle.

"I felt like the future for me was how do I grow as a coach, as a person? How do I get better?" Donovan said. "And I think the way you get better is taking on different challenges."

He replaces Brian Hill, who was fired after two consecutive losing seasons.

McDyess will return
The NBA announced Detroit Pistons forward Antonio McDyess will not be further penalized for his rough foul Thursday on Cavaliers forward Anderson Varejao in Game 5. McDyess received a flagrant-2 foul after he clotheslined Varejao under the basket and was ejected. The Cavaliers went on to win the game . . . The Charlotte Coliseum helped bring a once-sleepy town into the sports mainstream. It hosted the city's first major pro sports team and was home to the Final Four and the NBA All-Star Game. The Coliseum will be demolished tomorrow -- five years after its lack of luxury suites and premium seating led the NBA's Hornets to leave town and two years after it was made redundant by a glitzy replacement.

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