=== News Summaries from The Sports Network - Thursday, April 17th ===
=== Jabari Parker declares for NBA Draft ===
Durham, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - 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 ===
(SportsNetwork.com) - 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,
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 CBSSports.com 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 (SportsNetwork.com) - 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 (SportsNetwork.com) - 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 (SportsNetwork.com) - 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 TMZ.com, 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 (SportsNetwork.com) - 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
=== Jags release LB Allen ===
Jacksonville, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - 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 (SportsNetwork.com) - 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 (SportsNetwork.com) - 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
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 (SportsNetwork.com) - 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
=== Mariners 1B Choi suspended for PED's ===
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - 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 (SportsNetwork.com) - The Kansas City Royals placed outfielder
Lorenzo Cain on the 15-day disabled list prior to Thursday's game against the
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 (SportsNetwork.com) - 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 (SportsNetwork.com) - 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 (SportsNetwork.com) - 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,
This week's winner will earn $43,000.
=== Kuchar shares lead at Harbour Town ===
Hilton Head Island, SC (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Kuchar carded a 5-under 66
on Thursday and that gave him a share of the lead after the opening round of
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
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 (SportsNetwork.com) - 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
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 (SportsNetwork.com) - 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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