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Duke freshman Jabari Parker declares for NBA draft (Yahoo Sports)
4/17/2014 6:12:30 PM

FILE - In this March 16, 2014 file photo, Duke's Jabari Parker (1) drives past Virginia's London Perrantes (23) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C. Parker is entering the NBA draft, and there's a strong chance he'll be the No. 1 pick. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Jabari Parker is hoping to become Duke's latest one-and-done star to become the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. The 6-foot-8 All-American forward said Thursday he'll enter the NBA draft after being the highest-scoring freshman in Duke history. Now he has the chance to do what Kyrie Irving did in 2011: follow a one-year stay at Duke by being the first name called in the June draft. Coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement Thursday it was ''an honor for us to have him in our program.'' In an essay posted on SI.com, Parker said the NBA offers him the best chance to develop both as a player and off the court.


Knicks' season over, focus is on Anthony's future (Yahoo Sports)
4/17/2014 7:48:22 PM

TORONTO, CANADA - April 11: Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks attempts a free throw against the Toronto Raptors on April 11, 2014 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)

Carmelo Anthony said he wants to stay in New York, and said he wants to win. It will be up to Phil Jackson to convince him that he can do both. With the Knicks' season over and Anthony missing the playoffs for the first time in his career, he can begin thinking about his future. The Knicks never came close this season, going 37-45.


Rangers score 3 in 3rd, top Flyers in opener 4-1 (Yahoo Sports)
4/17/2014 9:49:51 PM

New York Rangers' Derick Brassard, left, and Anton Stralman, right, celebrate with Mats Zuccarello after Zuccarello scored a goal during the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 1 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series on Thursday, April 17, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Brad Richards and Derek Stepan scored power-play goals 47 seconds apart in the third period, and the New York Rangers beat Philadelphia 4-1 in the playoff opener on Thursday night to stretch their home-winning streak over the rival Flyers to nine games. The teams were locked in a 1-1 tie when Jason Akeson - playing in just his third career NHL game - was given a double high-sticking penalty for clipping Rangers forward Carl Hagelin with 7:35 remaining. New York quickly took advantage. Richards gave the Rangers their first lead of the night when a rebound of Martin St. Louis' shot came to him, and he fired it in from the right circle, punctuating the moment with an emphatic fist pump at 8:22.


Source: Haith front-runner for Tulsa job (Yahoo Sports)
4/17/2014 9:54:09 PM

Missouri head coach Frank Haith speaks to his players against Florida during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the quarterfinal round of the Southeastern Conference men's tournament, Friday, March 14, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Missouri coach Frank Haith is in position to replace Danny Manning at Tulsa.


Affidavit: Smuggler threats follow Puig from Cuba (Yahoo Sports)
4/17/2014 4:37:49 PM

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2014 file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig poses for a photo during photo day for the baseball team in Glendale, Ariz. Puig fled Cuba on a boat run by smugglers who allegedly made death threats against him and a boxer, according to court documents. The papers describe a dangerous odyssey of shady characters, unpaid debts and violence. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

The smugglers who helped Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig leave Cuba on a speedboat have made death threats against him and against a Cuban boxer who says he defected with Puig, according to court documents. The documents are part of a federal lawsuit in Miami and describe a dangerous odyssey of shady characters, unpaid smuggling debts and threats of violence that have followed Puig since he left Cuba by boat in June 2012. The tale is based almost entirely on the account of the boxer, Yunior Despaigne, who says he is afraid he will be hurt by the smugglers or their associates if Puig hasn't paid them money he owes. In a 10-page affidavit, Despaigne said a smuggler he knew as ''Leo'' sent someone to see him in Miami to deliver a message.


Wildcats G James Young to enter NBA draft (Yahoo Sports)
4/17/2014 4:42:02 PM

Kentucky guard/forward James Young drill during practice for an NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game Friday, April 4, 2014, in Dallas. Kentucky plays Wisconsin on Saturday, April 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Kentucky guard James Young will enter the NBA draft, becoming the first of the Wildcats' heralded freshmen to turn pro. The 6-foot-6 Young led Kentucky with 82 3-pointers last season. He was one of six high school All-American recruits on a Wildcats squad that began the season No. 1 with expectations of winning the national championship. His 43 percent shooting from long range in the NCAA tournament helped Kentucky reach the final before it lost 60-54 to Connecticut last week.


Oshie ruled out for Blues playoff opener (Yahoo Sports)
4/17/2014 6:30:24 PM
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis Blues have ruled out forward T.J. Oshie for their playoff opener against the Chicago Blackhawks, but Vladimir Tarasenko is set to return after missing 15 games with a broken thumb.
Critics, knee are no concern for Jets RB Johnson (Yahoo Sports)
4/17/2014 4:29:23 PM

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2013, file photo, Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) runs ahead of San Francisco 49ers defenders Demarcus Dobbs (83) and NaVorro Bowman (53) on a touchdown reception in an NFL football game in Nashville, Tenn. The New York Jets signed the former Titans running back Wednesday, April 16, a little over a week after he was officially released by Tennessee on April 7. (AP Photo/Wade Payne, File)

Chris Johnson knows what a lot of people are saying about him. Well, the New York Jets running back is listening - and can't wait to silence the critics. ''I can turn the bad things people are saying into a good thing for me ... and prove the naysayers wrong.'' Johnson was signed Wednesday to a two-year deal after he was released by the Tennessee Titans on April 7. He said there were other teams interested, but New York was his first - and, it turned out, only - visit.


Getzlaf plans to play in Ducks' Game 2 vs. Dallas (Yahoo Sports)
4/17/2014 7:39:56 PM

Anaheim Ducks' Stephane Robidas, center, is shoved by Dallas Stars' Ryan Garbutt, right, during the second period in Game 1 of the first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

A day after Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf took a slap shot to the head, the Ducks had already found the lighter side of a potentially disastrous playoff injury. ''He's not trying to impress anybody with his face.'' Coach Bruce Boudreau was more succinct: ''I didn't want to look at him,'' he said. Nobody in either dressing room was surprised Thursday to learn Getzlaf plans to play against the Dallas Stars in Game 2 on Friday night despite that huge cut on his face. Getzlaf was hit by Tyler Seguin's shot in the final minute of the Ducks' 4-3 victory over Dallas on Wednesday night in the series opener, but the puck apparently broke no bones - which means it'll be almost impossible to keep Getzlaf off the ice.


Aaron Hernandez associate accused of lying to feds (Yahoo Sports)
4/17/2014 4:30:26 PM

Aaron Hernandez, former player for the NFL's New England Patriots football team, attends a pre-trial hearing at the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Massachusetts October 9, 2013, in connection with the death of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd in June. Hernandez, who was a rising star in the NFL before his arrest and release by the Patriots, has pleaded not guilty. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

An associate of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested in a gun trafficking investigation related to the murder case against Hernandez. Oscar Hernandez Jr., 23, of Orlando, Fla. - no relation to Aaron Hernandez - was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury in Boston on charges of obstruction of justice, witness tampering and lying under oath. Aaron Hernandez and two other men are charged in the June 17 shooting death of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player who was found dead in an industrial park about a mile from Aaron Hernandez's North Attleborough home.