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     === News Summaries from The Sports Network - Thursday, April 17th ===
                  === Jabari Parker declares for NBA Draft ===
 Durham,   NC   (  -  Duke  freshman  forward  Jabari  Parker
 announced his intention to enter the upcoming NBA Draft.
 "Coming  out of high  school, I knew that Duke was going to be a great fit for
 me  and it ended up being one of the best experiences of my life," said Parker
 when  announcing the move  on Thursday. "I cannot thank Coach K enough for all
 his  love and guidance. I had the opportunity to pick his brain throughout the
 year  and it  really paid off. I  have learned how to  be a man on and off the
 court  and to  be strong mentally going into practices and games. I appreciate
 him for challenging me to be better each and every day."
 A  Chicago  native and physical  force at 6-foot-8  and 235 pounds, Parker led
 Duke  to a  26-9 record, a 13-5 mark  in conference play and a trip to the ACC
 Championship  game last  season. He  averaged 19.1  points, 8.7  rebounds, 1.2
 blocks  and 1.2  assists per game while setting or tying Duke freshman records
 for points (670), points per game, rebounds (306) and double-doubles (14).
 Parker  also became  the first Duke freshman (12th freshman in ACC history) to
 lead  the team  in scoring and rebounds.  He closed out the year ranked fourth
 among ACC freshman all-time in scoring and 10th in rebound average. Parker and
 Joe  Smith (Maryland)  are the only two players  to rank in the top 10 of both
 "Jabari could not have been better. He is the epitome of what you would want a
 basketball  player to be -- outstanding every day on the practice court and in
 the  classroom  and a  very  humble  young man,"  said  Duke  head coach  Mike
 Krzyzewski.  "He had  a fantastic  freshman year  and is  so deserving  of the
 opportunity to play in the NBA and follow his dream. It was an honor for us to
 have  him  in our program and  he will always be  a part of our family here at
 Duke.  We will be  on the Jabari Parker team the rest of our lives and we know
 Jabari and his family will be on the Duke team for the rest of their lives."
 Parker  joins Corey Maggette (1999), Luol Deng (2004), Kyrie Irving (2011) and
 Austin  Rivers  (2012) as  the only Blue  Devils to enter  the draft after one
                === Report: Haith leaving Missouri for Tulsa ===
 (  - Frank  Haith will leave Missouri after three seasons to
 be the next men's basketball coach at Tulsa, according to a report Thursday.
 Haith  has  reached an agreement  in principle  to coach the Golden Hurricane, reported.
 He  would replace Danny Manning, who was named the new coach at Wake Forest on
 April  4 after  leading Tulsa to a 38-29  record in two seasons and a berth in
 this year's NCAA Tournament.
 Haith is 76-28 at Missouri but is looking for a way out, according to a source
 in  the story. The Tigers  missed the NCAA Tournament this past
 season and tied for sixth place in the SEC.
                  === Kentucky's Young to enter NBA Draft ===
 Lexington,   KY  (  -  Kentucky  swingman  James  Young  has
 announced  he will  forgo his final three seasons of eligibility and enter the
 2014 NBA Draft.
 Young  played  an instrumental role  in Kentucky's  run to the NCAA Tournament
 championship game, where it was eventually ousted by Connecticut. A Final Four
 All-Tournament Team selection, he averaged 18.5 points and 6.0 rebounds in the
 Wildcats'  two Final Four games while shooting 42.6 percent from 3-point range
 throughout the tournament.
 "My  time at  Kentucky has been special to me, something I'll always treasure,
 but I feel that I'm ready to take the next step to the NBA," Young said. "I've
 learned more this year, on and off the court, about life from Coach (Calipari)
 and  the staff  and appreciate all of  their guidance and support. I can't say
 enough  about  my teammates; the  journey helped us build  a bond that we will
 always  share for  the rest of our lives.  I would like to thank the best fans
 in  the  country, the Big  Blue Nation,  and I hope  you guys will continue to
 support me as I move on. I will always bleed blue. Succeed and Proceed!"
 The  6-foot-6 Young  averaged 14.3  points and  4.3 rebounds  per game  in the
 regular season en route to earning second team All-SEC honors.
                    === Report: Hood to enter NBA Draft ===
 Durham,  NC (  - Duke sophomore forward Rodney Hood declared
 for  the  NBA Draft  on  Thursday,  according to  a  report  by the  Charlotte
 The  22-year-old  Hood,  who  played  one year  at  Mississippi  State  before
 transferring to Duke, averaged 16.1 points and 3.9 rebounds per game this past
 He is expected to be a mid-to-late first round pick.
 Earlier  Thursday,  Blue Devils freshman  forward Jabari Parker also announced
 his intention to enter the NBA Draft.
 Duke  fell to 14th-seeded  Mercer in the second round of this past year's NCAA
                    === Ex-NFL QB McNabb arrested in AZ ===
 Phoenix, AZ ( - The Maricopa County (Ariz.) Sheriff's Office
 released  a mugshot  of former  NFL star  quarterback Donovan  McNabb Thursday
 in relation to a reported DUI arrest.
 According  to celebrity  gossip website, McNabb  was booked  into the
 county  jail  on Wednesday  and served  a one-day  sentence as  part of a plea
 agreement  with prosecutors  after being pulled over last Dec. 15 for speeding
 and determined to be under the influence.
 Public  court  records show McNabb  received a  criminal traffic citation in a
 case filed Jan. 6, though the exact nature of the charge is not specified.
 McNabb,  37, last played in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings in 2011 and had
 most  recently been  working as  a  television analyst  for the  Fox Sports  1
 The No. 2 overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft, McNabb made six Pro Bowls during
 a  successful  11-year stint  with  the  Philadelphia  Eagles and  helped  the
 franchise  reach the  NFC  Championship  Game five  times  during his  tenure,
 including  an appearance in Super Bowl XXXIX to conclude the 2004 campaign. He
 was  traded to  the Washington Redskins prior  to the 2010 season and dealt to
 Minnesota the following year.
 McNabb  started 167 regular-season games and 16 postseason contests during his
 13-year  career,  throwing  for  37,276  yards with  234  touchdowns  and  117
                       === Vikings bring in S Coleman ===
 Eden  Prairie,  MN (  - The  Minnesota Vikings signed safety
 Kurt Coleman on Thursday.
 The  25-year-old  Coleman started  27  games  for Philadelphia  from  2011-12,
 recording  six interceptions. He amassed 10 tackles in 15 games last season as
 a  reserve for the  Eagles after ranking second on the club with a career-best
 105 tackles in 2012.
 Philadelphia  selected the Ohio State product in the seventh round of the 2010
 NFL Draft.
                         === Jags release LB Allen ===
 Jacksonville,  FL  (  - The  Jacksonville  Jaguars  released
 linebacker Russell Allen on Thursday.
 Allen,  who was  originally signed  as an  undrafted rookie  on Apr.  26 2010,
 played in 78 games -- 44 starts -- over five seasons with the Jags and tallied
 64 tackles last year.
 He led Jacksonville with 131 tackles in 2012.
 In  addition, Jacksonville also released defensive ends D'Aundre Reed and Will
 Pericak and wide receiver Jabin Sambrano.
             === Getzlaf good for Game 2 despite facial injury ===
 Anaheim,  CA (  - Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf will be
 ready  to go for Friday's Game 2 of his club's Western Conference quarterfinal
 series against Dallas.
 In  the  final seconds  of  Anaheim's  4-3 series-opening  victory  Wednesday,
 Getzlaf  was  hit flush  in the  face by  a puck  shot off  the stick of Stars
 forward Tyler Seguin.
 The  club revealed  on Thursday that Getzlaf suffered a deep facial laceration
 and  required  multiple stitches  to  close  the  cut,  but that  x-rays  were
 "He has no one to impress. He has a wife and kids. I think he looks good. This
 is playoff hockey," quipped Ducks defenseman Ben Lovejoy.
 Getzlaf, a Stanley Cup winner in 2007 with the franchise, collected a goal and
 assist  in the triumph, boosting his career playoff numbers to 22 goals and 39
 assists in 70 postseason appearances.
                      === Cardinals place Kelly on DL ===
 Washington,  DC  ( -  The St.  Louis Cardinals placed right-
 hander  Joe  Kelly on the  15-day disabled list  Thursday with a strained left
 Kelly  was injured  while running to first  base after dropping down a bunt in
 the fifth inning of Wednesday's loss at Milwaukee.
 The  25-year-old  has allowed only one  earned run over his first three starts
 this season.
 The  Cardinals also  optioned pitcher  Keith  Butler to  Triple-A Memphis  and
 recalled  pitchers Eric Fornataro and Jorge Rondon from their top minor league
                 === Brewers put Overbay on paternity list ===
 Pittsburgh,  PA (  -  Milwaukee Brewers  first baseman  Lyle
 Overbay will miss Thursday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates after leaving
 the team to attend the birth of his child.
 The  Brewers placed  Overbay on the paternity list, recalling utilityman Elian
 Herrera  from  Triple-A Nashville  to take  the veteran's  place on the active
 Overbay,  who has gone  just 2-for-20 on the season, is expected to rejoin the
 Brewers for Sunday's finale of the four-game series.
 Herrera  played in 71 games with the Los Angeles Dodgers over the previous two
 seasons,  batting  .251 with one  home run, 17 RBI  and four stolen bases over
 that span.
                  === Mariners 1B Choi suspended for PED's ===
 New  York, NY ( - Seattle Mariners first baseman Ji-Man Choi
 has  been suspended  50 games without pay by Major League Baseball for testing
 positive for a banned performance-enhancing substance.
 Choi  was found  to have the steroid  methandieone in his system during a drug
 test to trigger the suspension, which will begin immediately.
 The  22-year-old  Korean was added to  Seattle's 40-man roster in November and
 was  playing  for the Mariners' Triple-A  affiliate in Tacoma. In 10 games for
 the Rainiers this season, Choi hit .394 with one home run and five RBI.
                        === Royals' Cain lands on DL ===
 Houston,  TX  ( -  The Kansas  City Royals placed outfielder
 Lorenzo  Cain on the 15-day disabled list prior to Thursday's game against the
 Houston Astros.
 Cain  exited Wednesday's  6-4 win  over the  Astros in  the 10th  inning after
 straining  his left  groin. The  28-year-old was  off to  a strong  start this
 season, hitting a team-best .333 (14-of-42) with five RBI while starting 12 of
 the Royals' 13 games in center field.
 Left-handed  pitcher Justin Marks was recalled from Triple-A Omaha to fill the
 available roster spot.
 Marks  made one  start and a pair  of relief appearances for the Storm Chasers
 prior to Thursday's promotion, allowing seven runs -- three earned -- and five
 walks with eight strikeouts over 8 1/3 innings.
                      === UNC's DeShields to transfer ===
 Chapel  Hill,  NC ( -  North Carolina standout guard Diamond
 DeShields will transfer from the program after just one season, Tar Heels head
 coach Sylvia Hatchell announced Thursday.
 DeShields  was  named the National  Freshman of the  Year by the United States
 Basketball  Writers Association  after averaging 18.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and
 2.6  assists  in 36 games and  helping the Tar  Heels reach the Elite Eight of
 this year's NCAA Tournament.
 "I  do not  know or understand why  Diamond DeShields has decided to leave the
 University  of North Carolina at Chapel Hill," said Hatchell, who sat out this
 past  season  while battling leukemia that  has since gone into remission. "It
 breaks my heart that I will not have the opportunity to coach Diamond and help
 develop her on and off the court.  I love her and wish her well."
 DeShields,  the  daughter  of  former  Major  League  Baseball  player  Delino
 DeShields, was one of the nation's top recruits out of Georgia's Norcross High
          === Nadal, Djokovic, Federer reach Monte Carlo quarters ===
 Roquebrune-Cap-Martin,   France   (  -  Eight-time  champion
 Rafael  Nadal,  reigning  titlist  Novak  Djokovic  and  three-time  runner-up
 Roger  Federer were  a trio  of easy  third-round winners  Thursday at  the $4
 million Monte Carlo Masters tennis event.
 The  world No.  1 Nadal  whipped  Italian Andreas  Seppi 6-1,  6-3, while  the
 second-seeded  former  No. 1  Djokovic drubbed  capable Spaniard Pablo Carreno
 Busta  6-0, 6-1  and the fourth-seeded former top-ranked great Federer handled
 big-serving  Czech Lukas Rosol 6-4, 6-1 on the red clay at the beautiful Monte
 Carlo Country Club.
 Nadal  is  now a brilliant  50-2 overall in Monte  Carlo. Djokovic beat him in
 last  year's final,  ending the  Spaniard's  record eight-year  reign at  this
 Djokovic,  who's  also a two-time  runner-up in Monte Carlo, recently captured
 back-to-back  Masters  titles in  Indian Wells and  Miami, beating Federer and
 Nadal, respectively, in marquee finals.
 The reigning French and U.S. Open champion Nadal and Djokovic  currently  hold
 all  nine  Masters  titles  between  them,  as well  as  the  ATP  World  Tour
 Nadal foiled Federer in three straight finals here from 2007-09.
 Meanwhile,  third-seeded  Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka advanced
 via  walkover when  15th-seeded Nicolas  Almagro pulled  out of  the draw  and
 sixth-seeded   French   Open  runner-up  David  Ferrer  dismissed  12th-seeded
 Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-2. The Spanish star Almagro was fresh off his
 runner-up finish in Houston and decided against playing on Thursday because of
 a left foot injury.
 An  upset came  when hot Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez took out fifth-seeded
 Czech  star  Tomas Berdych 4-6,  6-3, 6-1. Garcia-Lopez  is fresh off his clay
 court title in Casablanca.
 Also  on Day 5, eighth-seeded Canadian slugger Milos Raonic doused 11th-seeded
 Spaniard  Tommy Robredo  6-4, 6-3 and ninth-seeded French favorite Jo-Wilfried
 Tsonga  overcame gritty 10th-seeded Italian Fabio Fognini 5-7, 6-3, 6-0 at the
 first clay  court Masters  event of  the year.
 Friday's  quarterfinals  will pit  Nadal against  Ferrer in  a rematch of last
 year's  French  Open final,  Djokovic  versus  Garcia-Lopez, Wawrinka  against
 Raonic, and Federer versus Tsonga.
 The 2014 Monte Carlo winner will collect $760,000.
               === Cibulkova eases into Kuala Lumpur quarters ===
 Kuala  Lumpur,  Malaysia (  -  Top  seed Dominika  Cibulkova
 was an easy second-round winner Thursday at the Malaysian Open tennis event.
 The  diminutive  Australian Open  runner-up pasted  2012 Kuala Lumpur champion
 Su-Wei  Hsieh, of  Taipei,  6-1, 6-2  at Bukit  Kiara  Equestrian and  Country
 The  Slovakian  Cibulkova will meet  sixth-seeded Zarina Diyas, of Kazakhstan,
 in Friday's quarterfinals.
 Third-seeded  and defending champion Karolina Pliskova moved into the quarters
 by blitzing China's Duan Ying-Ying 6-1, 6-3 on Day 4. The Czech Pliskova  beat
 American  Bethanie  Mattek-Sands in  last  year's Kuala  Lumpur finale.
 Pliskova's next opponent will be Turkey's Cagla Buyukakcay, who beat Slovenian
 Tadeja Majeric 6-4, 6-4.
 Friday's  other  quarterfinals  will  pit second-seeded  Chinese  Zhang  Shuai
 against  Poland's  Magda Linette  and  fourth-seeded  Austrian Patricia  Mayr-
 Achleitner  versus seventh-seeded  Croat Donna Vekic. Zhang got past wild card
 and fellow Chinese Ling Zhang 6-3, 4-6, 6-0, while Vekic vaulted past Kristyna
 Pliskova,  the twin sister of the reigning Kuala Lumpur titlist Karolina, 1-6,
 6-3, 7-5.
 This week's winner will earn $43,000.
                   === Kuchar shares lead at Harbour Town ===
 Hilton  Head Island,  SC ( - Matt Kuchar carded a 5-under 66
 on  Thursday and that  gave him a share of the lead after the opening round of
 the Heritage.
 Kuchar,  who  shared fifth at the  Masters, was joined atop the leaderboard by
 Scott Langley and William McGirt, both of whom are looking for their first PGA
 Tour title.
 Harris  English  opened with a 3-under  68 and he  is alone in fourth place at
 Harbour Town Golf Links.
 Jordan  Spieth, who  shared second at the Masters last week, managed a 2-under
 69.  He  was joined there by  14 other players, including Kevin Streelman, who
 shared third place at this event last year.
 Kuchar  played the back nine first and opened with three pars in a row. At the
 13th,  he  poured in a 24-footer  for birdie and  he came back two holes later
 with a 9-foot birdie putt on the par-5 15th.
 After  four straight  pars around the turn, Kuchar drained an 18-foot putt for
 birdie  on the par-5  second. He made a 6-footer for birdie at the next par-5,
 No. 5, to move to minus-4.
 Kuchar, the fifth-ranked player in the world, closed his bogey-free round with
 a 15-foot birdie effort on the ninth.
 "You  have a couple  of days to unwind after a major, and then Thursday starts
 and  then you've got a chance to play another PGA Tour event. It's pretty easy
 to  get  excited for this," Kuchar  stated. "Certainly you're so tested at the
 Masters,  and you have  to be so precise around major championship golf that I
 think a lot of times guys next week they're a little more alert, a little more
 sharp because of the precision required at major championships."
 Langley  and McGirt  were in  the first  group out  off the  first tee  in the
 afternoon  wave.  Langley 2-putted for birdie  on the second and came back two
 holes later with a 5-foot birdie putt on the fourth.
 The  25-year-old got up  and down for birdie on No. 5, then converted a 9-foot
 putt  for birdie at the sixth. Langley's tee shot at the par-3 seventh stopped
 three  feet from  the hole  and he  knocked that  in for  his fourth  straight
 Langley  missed a short par putt on the eighth, but recovered that stroke with
 a  kick-in birdie on the ninth. He grabbed the lead with a 17-foot birdie putt
 at the 14th, but failed to par the last to fall back into a share of the lead.
 McGirt started his own birdie run with a 9-footer at the second. He came right
 back  with a birdie at the third and a 15-footer on No. 4. McGirt made it four
 in a row as he drained a 21-foot birdie effort on the fifth.
 After  three pars in  a row, McGirt gained a piece of the lead when he dropped
 in a 12-foot birdie chance on No. 9. He parred the first five holes around the
 McGirt  missed  the green with his  third to the  par-5 15th. He chipped to 13
 feet,  but failed to convert the par-saving effort. He regained a piece of the
 lead at the 17th, where he holed a bunker shot for birdie.
 NOTES:  Kuchar has  made the  cut in  nine of  his previous  10 starts  at the
 Heritage  ...  There has never  been a left-handed  player win this event, but
 Langley hopes to reverse that this week ... Defending champion Graeme McDowell
 posted  an even-par 72  and is tied for 36th ... Greg Chalmers withdrew with a
 back injury during the first round.
                === Westwood leads suspended Malaysian Open ===
 Kuala  Lumpur, Malaysia ( - Lee Westwood carded a 7-under 65
 on  Thursday  to claim a  1-stroke lead before  the Maybank Malaysian Open was
 suspended for darkness.
 There  was an hour  and 18 minute rain delay earlier in the round, causing the
 eventual suspension at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club.
 Westwood, who finished in seventh place at The Masters last week, is a 22-time
 winner on the European Tour.
 "I played well last week in finishing seventh and I was happy to carry that on
 today,"  said Westwood. "I'm  pleased to get off to a good start. It's nice to
 have a good one and build some momentum for the week."
 Nicolas  Colsaerts  shot a 6-under  66 to finish  alone in second place, while
 Michael Hoey and Ricardo Santos shared third at 5-under 67.
 Jbe  Kruger  and Julien  Quesne also  finished their rounds  and were tied for
 fifth  at  4-under 68.  Masahiro Kawamura  and Scott  Jamieson were at 4-under
 through  17 and 16 holes, respectively, and will finish their rounds when play
 resumes at 7:40 a.m. local time (7:40 p.m. ET) Friday.
 Defending  champion  Kiradech Aphibarnrat carded a  1-under 71 and is tied for
 28th place.
 Westwood  started on the  back nine and tripped to a bogey at the 10th, but he
 didn't  drop another  shot for the remainder  of the day and rolled in birdies
 at the 12th, 14th and 16th to make the turn at 2-under.
 He reached minus-3 with another birdie at the first and after parring the next
 three  holes, the  Englishman birdied four of  his final five holes to race to
 the top of the leaderboard prior to play first being suspended for rain.
 "I didn't make the best of starts but fortunately that didn't set the tone for
 the day," Westwood stated. "I hit it really well and hit it close a lot."
 Colsaerts also started on the back nine and traded a birdie at the 10th with a
 bogey at the 11th to remain at even par.
 He converted three straight birdies from the 14th to reach 3-under. A bogey at
 the  17th halted his  momentum, but he bounced right back with a birdie at the
 Colsaerts  closed  his round with birdies  at the second, fourth and eighth to
 move within a shot of the lead.
 "I've  felt  I've played  pretty well  since early in  the season, but there's
 always  been  a stretch of holes  where I've shot  myself in the foot for some
 reason,"  said Colsaerts.  "I've missed good opportunities to have good weeks.
 So the plan is to come back here to get some momentum and confidence back."
 NOTES: Forty-two players still need to complete their first round ... Westwood
 won this event in 1997 when it was a part of the co-sanctioning Asian Tour ...
 Colsaerts'  best finish this season was a tie for 19th place at the PGA Tour's
 Farmers  Insurance  Open. He has missed  two cuts and withdrawn from the Shell
 Houston Open in his last three starts.
                 === Alouettes take a chance on 'Ochocinco' ===
 Montreal,  QC  ( -  The Montreal Alouettes  made a splash on
 Thursday, signing former NFL wideout Chad Johnson to a contract.
 "Chad  is very  happy and excited to be  on the field again and we're happy to
 welcome him to the Alouettes," stated Montreal general manager Jim Popp.
 Formerly  known as  Chad Ochocinco, the 36-year-old last played professionally
 with  the New England  Patriots in 2011, totaling 15 catches for 276 yards and
 one touchdown in 15 games.
 The  native of  Miami and Oregon State product was a second-round selection of
 Cincinnati  in  the 2001  draft. He  spent his  first 10  NFL seasons with the
 Bengals,  accumulating  751 receptions  for 10,783  yards and  66 TDs over 151
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