Wednesday's Sports In Brief

The Associated Press Published:

• Basketball

No World Peace: Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace will have surgery on a torn meniscus in his left knee and miss the next six weeks.

The Lakers announced the timeline on Wednesday. World Peace is scheduled to have surgery Thursday and he won't be ready when the playoffs begin next month, if the Lakers reach the postseason.

Staying at VCU: Shaka Smart and VCU have agreed in principle to a deal to keep the basketball coach at the school.

The details are still being finalized, but the majority of changes involve "program enhancements for the student-athletes and coaches," athletic director Ed McLaughlin said. It also extends a contract already scheduled to run through 2020.

Smart is 111-37 in four years, the sixth-most wins in the country over that stretch and the second-most for a coach in his first four seasons. VCU also is one of just eight schools to have won an NCAA tournament game each of the past four years, joining Kansas, North Carolina, Ohio State, Florida, Syracuse, Marquette and Gonzaga.

Smart's name has come up in high-profile coaching searches ever since he guided the Rams to the Final Four as one of the last teams to make the 2011 NCAA tournament. The Rams' five victories all came against power conference schools.

Northwestern coach: Northwestern hired longtime Duke assistant Chris Collins to replace the fired Bill Carmody, hoping he can finally lead the Wildcats to the NCAA tournament and into the upper echelon of the Big Ten.

In many ways, Collins seems like a logical fit given his ties to the area, Northwestern' s academic similarities to Duke and his basketball pedigree. He is from suburban Northbrook, Ill., about 15 miles from the campus in Evanston, played for the Blue Devils and spent the past 13 years on Mike Krzyzewski's staff. He is the son of Doug Collins, the former Chicago Bulls head coach now with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Wainwright's new deal: Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals have agreed to a new contract that guarantees the Cardinals' ace an additional $97.5 million over five years through 2018.

Wainwright had been eligible to become a free agent after the World Series.

• Football

Umenyiora a Falcon: The Atlanta Falcons found a replacement for John Abraham by reaching an agreement with free-agent defensive end Osi Umenyiora on a two-year, $8.5 million contract.

The Falcons released the 34-year-old Abraham, the team leader with 10 sacks in 2012, on March 1, the same day they also released running back Michael Turner and cornerback Dunta Robinson.

The team replaced Turner by signing Steven Jackson to a three-year, $12 million deal March 14. Now Umenyiora joins Jackson as Atlanta's second major free-agent addition.

Release Gaither: The San Diego Chargers released left tackle Jared Gaither, who will go down as one of the biggest busts in former general manager A.J. Smith's tenure.

Gaither's release after just one season of a four-year, $24.5 million contract will cost the Chargers a $6 million hit against the salary cap this year.

• Elsewhere

Iginla joins Pens: The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired Jarome Iginla from the Calgary Flames.

The Flames announced the deal after their victory over Colorado, sending their longtime captain to the Eastern Conference-leading Penguins in exchange for college prospects Kenneth Agostino and Ben Hanowski and a first-round pick this year.

The deal was Penguins' third big move in four days. They picked up forward Brenden Morrow in a deal with Dallas on Sunday, and acquired defenseman Doug Murray from San Jose on Monday.

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