Morning sports update: UConn reportedly hires Rhode Island’s Dan Hurley as next head coach

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Rhode Island's head coach Dan Hurley takes questions during a news conference. –AP Photo/Keith Srakocic

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UConn reportedly hires Rhode Island’s Dan Hurley as next head coach

Dan Hurley is headed to Storrs, Conn.  after taking Rhode Island to the NCAA tournament in each of the past two seasons. ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reported that Hurley agreed to a six-year deal with the Huskies to replace Kevin Ollie, who was let go earlier this month. Hurley had a long-term offer from Rhode Island on the table, as well as a deal from Pittsburgh that would have paid him more than $3 million a year. The son of high school coaching legend Bob Hurley chose UConn over the Panther’s more lucrative deal because he believed the Huskies represented his best chance at success, according to Goodman. (ESPN)

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Jimmy Garoppolo wasn’t the 49ers’ first choice for their next franchise quarterback

On ESPN’s “Golic and Wingo,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said that Kyle Shanahan was set on bringing in Kirk Cousins, not Garoppolo. The decision to deal for the Patriots’ backup clearly worked out in the end as Garoppolo led San Francisco to five straight wins on his way to a $137.5 million payday.

“Jimmy, we made the trade, but then there were some days that Kyle Shanahan was like, in mourning, because I think everybody knows his master plan was to have Kirk Cousins come in eventually,” Lynch said. “I was proud of Kyle because I think he knew that this was the right thing for our franchise. And he didn’t hesitate. But then, even then, Jimmy had to really prove himself.” (NESN)

This elite Boston marathon runner has advice for pushing through the grind

Two-time Olympian Desiree Linden on her battle on Boylston with Caroline Kilel in 2011, steroids in elite racing, and the opportunity for the American women to wear the olive wreath in Boston for the first time since 1985. (Boston.com)

BC defensive end says it would be a pleasure to play for the Pats

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At Boston College’s pro day on Wednesday, Harold Landry worked with New England’s defensive line coach, Brendan Daly. The standout defensive end, who led the nation in sacks as a junior, noted Daly’s intensity but didn’t seem fazed by the experience.

“He’s a very intense guy, you can definitely see the culture of the New England Patriots within him,” he said. “Honestly, it would be an awesome pleasure to go play for that guy and play in New England, but you could definitely see how intense he is and how hard he coaches.” (Boston.com)

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