Harrison twins will return for their sophomore seasons
Twin guards Aaron and Andrew Harrison will return to play a second season for a Kentucky team coming off an NCAA title-game loss to Connecticut.
Both had been mentioned as possible NBA first-round draft picks after leading Kentucky’s march through the NCAA tournament. Aaron Harrison’s clutch three-pointers that beat Michigan and Wisconsin and put the Wildcats in the final were set up by feeds from point guard Andrew.
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The Harrisons rejoin 7-foot centers Willie Cauley-Stein and Dakari Johnson and forwards Marcus Lee and Alex Poythress in returning to the Wildcats. Meanwhile, forward Julius Randle and guard James Young decided to leave Kentucky after their freshman seasons.
As for Connecticut, forward DeAndre Daniels will forgo his senior season to enter the draft. Meanwhile, UConn guard Ryan Boatright said he will return for his final season.
McGary to NBA; he tested positive for marijuana
Michigan sophomore Mitch McGary is entering the NBA draft, saying he had little choice after testing positive for marijuana during an NCAA tournament he couldn’t play in because of an injured back and because he was facing a one-year ban.
“I am ready to move on to the next stage in my life and enter the NBA draft,” the 6-foot-10 McGary said in a statement. “Being a part of a program that values integrity, it is important to let everyone know of a poor decision I recently made.
“I tested positive for marijuana during the NCAA tournament. We were notified of that result after the Final Four. I regret thoroughly disappointing my family, coaches and administration.”
Larson to start from pole
Rookie Kyle Larson will start from the pole Saturday in the Toyota Owners 400, a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway in Virginia, after a thunderstorm washed out qualifying. The field was set based on the fastest laps run in the first practice.
Brad Keselowski will start in second.
Kasey Kahne of Enumclaw will start in fourth and Greg Biffle of Vancouver, Wash., will start in 26th.
Meanwhile, Kevin Harvick won the rain-delayed ToyotaCare 250, a NASCAR Nationwide Series race.
Northwestern players vote
Northwestern players cast secret ballots on whether to form the nation’s first union for college athletes.
Results will not be known for some time. Ballot boxes were sealed and will remain so for weeks, months, perhaps even years as the university challenges the effort to unionize the team.
The full National Labor Relations Board has agreed to hear Northwestern’s appeal of an NLRB regional director’s March ruling the players are university employees and thus can unionize. Ballots will remain impounded until that process is finished, and perhaps until after any court proceeding that might follow. Seventy-six scholarship players were eligible to cast ballots.
• Coach Jim Harbaugh said he expects San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to be cleared of any wrongdoing in a Miami incident.
Miami police have spent this month investigating an April 1 incident in which they were called after an unidentified woman refused to leave Kaepernick’s suite he reportedly shared with two other NFL players, teammate Quinton Patton and Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette.
Of Kaepernick, Harbaugh said, “I’ve seen one side reported. I’ve heard the other side. I feel very good there’ll be a good resolution, and hopefully a just one, too. I hate to see his reputation be the victim.”
Kaepernick, via Twitter, has denied any misconduct. No charges have been filed, nor have police stated any crime has been committed.
• The Carolina Panthers exercised the fifth-year option on quarterback Cam Newton’s contract, meaning he will be under contract with the NFL team at least through the end of the 2015 season.
• Earl Morrall, who started 11 games during the 1972 Miami Dolphins’ perfect season after starter Bob Griese broke his ankle, died at age 79 after a long illness. Morrall spent 21 years as an NFL quarterback.
• Swimmer Michael Phelps’ comeback meet was cut short when he failed to advance to the 50-meter freestyle final.
The 18-time Olympic gold medalist used the morning preliminaries at the Arena Grand Prix in Mesa, Ariz., to work on his butterfly stroke instead of doing freestyle like everyone else. He had a time of 24.06 seconds, missing out on the eight-man evening final and the consolation races.
It was Phelps’ first meet since he announced he was retiring after the 2012 London Olympics.
Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian of Bremerton won the 50 free final in 21.73.
• In tennis, top-ranked Rafael Nadal’s clay-court struggles worsened as his 41-match winning streak at the Barcelona Open in Spain ended with a 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 loss to fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro in the quarterfinals.
Last week, Nadal lost to David Ferrer in the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Masters.
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