Paralyzed former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand implored his fellow graduates to remember that anything is possible in a speech Sunday during the commencement ceremony in Piscataway, New Jersey.

"I'm moving my shoulders here. I'm moving myself forward," the 23-year-old told a cheering crowd. "Don't ever let someone tell you you can't do something. ... Anything is truly possible in this world."

He was paralyzed from the neck down during a 2010 game against Army.

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was to give the keynote address but withdrew after some students and faculty members protested her selection.

Former Tulane player Devon Walker, who's also paralyzed from the neck down, graduated Saturday in New Orleans.

  • Don Meyer, one of the winningest basketball coaches in history, died in Aberdeen, South Dakota. He was 69. Meyer compiled a 923-324 record during his 38-year career, most of which he spent at Lipscomb and Northern State. Four months after a near-fatal car accident and a cancer diagnosis, Meyer passed Bob Knight as the NCAA's winningest coach in men's history in 2009.

  • Former USC guard Byron Wesley will transfer to Gonzaga for his final season and will be able to play immediately. He averaged 17.8 points and 6.4 rebounds a game last season. Wesley will take advantage of the NCAA's graduate transfer rule.

    Tennis

    Novak Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 to win the Italian Open for the third time. He then dedicated the title to his flood-hit native Serbia. "This heart on the court is for you," said Djokovic, who has won four straight matches against Nadal. Serena Williams beat hometown favorite Sara Errani 6-3, 6-0 to win her third women's title in Rome.

  • Victoria Azarenka (foot injury) will miss the French Open, which begins May 25 in Paris.

    NFL

    New Orleans signed Oregon State's Brandin Cooks, who was the 20th overall draft pick. The Stockton native won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top receiver in 2013, setting Pac-12 records with 128 catches and 1,730 receiving yards. The Saints didn't release terms of the four-year deal.

    Soccer

    Mike Magee converted two first-half penalty kicks, and Chicago (2-2-6) posted a 2-1 MLS win over Sporting Kansas City (5-4-2).

  • Goalie Steve Mandanda pulled out of the World Cup for France because of a neck injury. He lost consciousness in Marseille's win over Guingamp on Saturday after his head collided with an opponent's knee.

  • Organizers held the final two stadium tests for the World Cup. Brazilian league matches were played to inaugurate the Itaquerao stadium in Sao Paulo and the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba. Itaquerao will host the World Cup opener (Brazil vs. Croatia) on June 12.

    WNBA

    Maya Moore scored 33 points, and Minnesota beat Connecticut 90-87 in overtime. Former Stanford star Chiney Ogwumike led the Sun with 25 points.

  • Diana Taurasi had 23 points, including the go-ahead runner in the final minute, and Phoenix beat Los Angeles 74-69. The Sparks' Nneka Ogwumike sat out with a back injury.

    Hockey

    Tyler Johnson scored twice to lift the United States (4-2) to a 3-1 win over Finland in the world championships in Minsk, Belarus. The U.S. is in second place in Group B behind Russia (6-0). Alex Ovechkin left Russia's 3-0 win over Germany with a lower body injury. Ryan Ellis scored in overtime to give Canada (5-1) a 3-2 win over Sweden (5-1) in Group A.

    Swimming

    Katinka Hosszu won the women's 200-meter individual medley and 200 backstroke on the final day of the Charlotte (North Carolina) Grand Prix. She finished the four-day meet with six wins. Former Cal star Anthony Ervin and Yannick Agnel tied in the men's 100 freestyle in 49.51 seconds.