Duke’s Parker enters draft
Jabari Parker is hoping to become Duke’s latest one-and-done star to become the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.
The 6-foot-8 All-American forward said Thursday he’ll enter the NBA draft after being the highest-scoring freshman in Duke history. He was also the first freshman to lead the Blue Devils in scoring and rebounding, and the first freshman in three decades to be selected team MVP.
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Now he has the chance to do what Kyrie Irving did in 2011: follow a one-year stay at Duke by being the first name called in the June draft.
Kentucky guard James Young will enter the NBA draft, becoming the first of the Wildcats’ heralded freshmen to turn pro.
The 6-foot-6 Young led Kentucky with 82 three-pointers last season. He was one of six high-school All-American recruits on a Wildcats squad that began the season No. 1 with expectations of winning the national championship. His 43 percent shooting from long range in the NCAA tournament helped Kentucky reach the final before it lost 60-54 to Connecticut last week.
The Wildcats’ second-leading scorer averaged 14.3 points and 4.3 rebounds.
Jordan Adams will return to UCLA for his junior season and won’t enter the NBA draft. The sophomore guard from Atlanta led the Bruins in scoring with 17.4 points per game.
Missouri coach Frank Haith is in position to replace Danny Manning at Tulsa.
ESPN.com reported that Haith has a verbal agreement to take the job.
Haith led Missouri to a 30-5 record in 2011-12 and was The Associated Press Coach of the Year. The Tigers went 18-12 this season.
Players end boycott
Minnesota State Mankato players ended their boycott of spring practice and said they will play for coach Todd Hoffner, who was reinstated after being exonerated of having child pornography on his cellphone.
Sophomore quarterback Montell Cozart has won the starting job at Kansas, beating out Jake Heaps from Skyline High School and T.J. Millweard after a strong spring game.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia raced into the Monte Carlo Masters quarterfinals by dispatching Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain 6-0, 6-1 in Monaco.
Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal of Spain also had little trouble, beating Italian Andreas Seppi 6-1, 6-3, while fourth-seeded Roger Federer of Switzerland shook off a slow start in a 6-4, 6-1 win against Czech player Lukas Rosol.
American goalkeeper Tim Howard signed a two-year contract extension to stay with Everton of the English Premier League until 2018.
Sharper remains jailed
Former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper lost his bid to be released on bail in a sexual-assault case after an Arizona judge found there’s enough evidence to move forward with charges against him.
Former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb was released from a Mesa, Ariz., jail after serving a one-day sentence for a DUI arrest late last year.
Former NFL star Chad Johnson will make his return to the gridiron in the Canadian Football League. The veteran receiver signed a two-year deal with the Montreal Alouettes after impressing team officials at a minicamp in Vero Beach, Fla. He last appeared in an NFL game during the 2011 season with New England.
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• Top-seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia needed just over an hour to beat Su-Wei Hsieh of Taiwan 6-1, 6-2 to reach the quarterfinals of Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur.
• Britain will be without its top female player at Wimbledon after Laura Robson announced she is having surgery on her injured left wrist.
• North Carolina star basketball freshman Diamond DeShields plans to transfer, coach Sylvia Hatchell said. “It breaks my heart that I will not have the opportunity to coach Diamond and help develop her on and off the court,” Hatchell said. “I love her and wish her well.”
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