Duke freshman Jabari Parker is entering the NBA draft, and there's a chance he'll be the No. 1 pick.
The 6-foot-8 forward was the highest-scoring freshman in Duke history, averaging 19.1 points per game. He also averaged 8.7 rebounds per game. Parker, from Chicago, is the son of former Warriors player Sonny Parker.
"I cannot thank coach K (Mike Krzyzewski) enough for all his love and guidance," he said Thursday. Jordan Adams will return to UCLA for his junior season and won't enter the draft. He said he's had fun playing college basketball. James Young, a 6-foot-6 swingman, will enter the draft, becoming the first of Kentucky's heralded freshmen to turn pro. Julius Randle, twins Aaron and Andrew Harrison and Dakari Johnson are mulling their options, but Marcus Lee of Deer Valley High-Antioch plans to return. North Carolina women's basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell said star freshman Diamond DeShields plans to transfer. DeShields, the daughter of former major leaguer Delino DeShields, didn't respond to emails. Minnesota State-Mankato football 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. The players refused to practice Wednesday as a show of support for interim coach Aaron Keen. Scott Eaton, a former Northern Kentucky athletic director, pleaded guilty to stealing money from the school. He agreed to a 10-year prison term and repay $311,215 to the school.
LaMichael James, who had just 39 rushing attempts in two seasons with the 49ers, is being shopped to potential trade partners, the Sacramento Bee reported. James, who expressed unhappiness with his limited role in 2013, was a second-round draft pick out in 2012 out of Oregon. Former 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 in that state. He remained jailed in Los Angeles, where he faces separate charges that he raped two women in October. There are also investigations in Louisiana, Florida and Nevada. An associate of ex-New England tight end Aaron Hernandez appeared in federal court in a case related to Hernandez's murder charge. Oscar Hernandez Jr. (no relation) was indicted by a grand jury in Boston on obstruction of justice, witness tampering and lying under oath. Aaron Hernandez and two other men are charged in the death of Odin Lloyd.
The U.S. team will train at Stanford ahead of the World Cup. The Americans will start gathering there May 14, but training sessions won't be open to the public. The Americans play Azerbaijan at Candlestick Park on May 27. Their camp in Brazil is in Sao Paulo. In World Cup group play, the U.S. faces Ghana on June 16, Portugal on June 22 and Germany on June 26. San Jose's Chris Wondolowski is on the bubble to make the U.S. roster.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic advanced to the Monte Carlo Masters quarterfinals by ousting Pablo Carreno Busta 6-0, 6-1. Also, eight-time champion Rafael Nadal routed Andreas Seppi 6-1, 6-3.
Staff writer Cam Inman and Elliott Almond contributed to this report.