Forward Andrew Wiggins, rated the No. 1 prospect in the nation by most recruiting services, said he will play college basketball for Kansas.

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Wiggins to play for Kansas

Andrew Wiggins, rated the No. 1 prospect in the nation by most recruiting services, told a small gathering of family and friends at his high-school gym Tuesday he will play for Kansas.

Then the forward from Huntington Prep in West Virginia signed his letter of intent and officially became a Jayhawk. No big speech, bands, live TV coverage or props — just the way Wiggins wanted it.

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Wiggins, who grew up in the Toronto area, is listed at 6 feet 7 by some sources and 6-8 by others. He chose Kansas over Kentucky, North Carolina and Florida State.

“I’m looking forward to getting there and just doing my thing,” said Wiggins, who has been called the best prep player since LeBron James by some observers.

Kansas coach Bill Self said it might be unfair to compare a player with James, but added Wiggins “is one of the most pure athletes the college game has had for a while.”

Wiggins averaged 23.4 points and 11.2 rebounds last season. He is the son of former NBA player Mitchell Wiggins and Canadian Olympic sprinter Marita Payne-Wiggins; she won two silver medals in relays at the 1984 Games.

College football

Hoke calls out Notre Dame

Michigan coach Brady Hoke has taken the Notre Dame rivalry up a notch.

Hoke made a crowd chuckle Monday at a luncheon in Grand Rapids, Mich., by saying the Fighting Irish are “chickening out” from the storied series.

Notre Dame exercised an option in its scheduling contract with Michigan last fall to cancel games from 2015 to 2017.

College athletics

Hawaii to keep ‘Rainbow’

Hawaii’s athletic department is scrapping a plan to drop the word “Rainbow” from its men’s teams’ nicknames.

University officials announced they are changing football, baseball and other men’s team nicknames to the Rainbow Warriors — a name previously used by the football team but dropped in 2000.

The changes take effect July 1 and they backtrack from a plan announced in February for the men’s teams to be known as simply the Warriors — the current name for the football team. Athletic director Ben Jay said the change comes in response to public reaction to dropping the term Rainbow from men’s teams.

All Hawaii women’s teams will continue to be known as the Rainbow Wahine. The Hawaiian word “wahine” is translated in English as “woman.”


Acevedo leads in California

Colombian Janier Acevedo of the Jamis-Hagens Berman team retained the Tour of California lead after three stages.

Cannondale rider Peter Sagan of Slovakia won the windy third stage, covering 110.3 miles from Palmdale to Santa Clarita in 4 hours, 20 minutes, 31 seconds.

Orica-Greenedge rider Michael Matthews of Australia was second in the stage, and Garmin-Sharp rider Tyler Farrar of Wenatchee was third.

Uran wins mountain stage

Colombian Rigoberto Uran of the Sky team won the first big mountain stage of the Giro d’Italia, and Astana rider Vincenzo Nibali of Italy kept the overall lead after the 10th leg.


FA Cup champ is relegated

Wigan became the first team to win England’s FA Cup and get relegated in the same season, losing 4-1 at Arsenal and ending its eight-year stay in the Premier League.

Wigan (9-19-9), which has allowed a league-high 71 goals, joined Reading and Queens Park Rangers as the teams going down to the second-tier League Championship next season.

On Saturday, underdog Wigan beat Manchester City 1-0 in the FA Cup final.


• FIFA President Sepp Blatter said he will protest to Italian soccer authorities a decision to only fine Roma the equivalent of $65,000 after its fans racially abused AC Milan players during a match Sunday. Blatter termed “small fines for racist abuse unacceptable.”

• FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi‘s season might be over because of a reoccurrence of a hamstring injury that has slowed him for more than a month. The Spanish team’s season finale is June 1.

Barcelona already has clinched its fourth league title in five years.

• Slovakia defeated the United States 4-1 at the men’s hockey world championship in Helsinki, Finland. The Americans will play Russia in the quarterfinal round Thursday.

Govenor Charlie‘s status for Saturday’s Preakness horse race at Pimlico in Baltimore was uncertain. Entries for the Preakness will be taken Wednesday.

Govenor Charlie, who hasn’t raced since March 24, is trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert and owned by former Mount Vernon resident Mike Pegram.

James Hinchcliffe had the fastest lap (224.210 mph) during the fourth day of practice for the May 26 Indianapolis 500.

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