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Texas' Durant is headed to the NBA

April 11, 2007|Diane Pucin; Jim Peltz; Larry Stewart | From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Kevin Durant, an 18-year-old freshman from Texas who won the Wooden Award, said Tuesday he will leave the Longhorns to enter the NBA draft, bringing an end to a short but spectacular college career.

"I just thought it was time to go," Durant said. "It's been my dream for a while. I felt I was ready."

Durant and Ohio State freshman center Greg Oden -- who has not said whether he'll leave college -- are considered the probable first two picks in the June 28 draft.


Former UCLA coach John Wooden was out of bed and took a brief walk, his daughter Nan Muehlhausen said.

Wooden, 96, has been hospitalized since Sunday because of internal bleeding. Muehlhausen said the probable cause of the bleeding was a reaction to Wooden's arthritis medication.

-- Diane Pucin


Tyler Hansbrough and Ty Lawson will return to North Carolina next season instead of entering the NBA draft....Mark Schmidt, formerly of Robert Morris, was hired as coach at St. Bonaventure....Kevin Willard was hired as coach at Iona. Willard spent the last six seasons at Louisville as an assistant....Massachusetts and Coach Travis Ford agreed to a five-year contract extension that runs through the 2014-15 season....Michigan hired Kevin Borseth, formerly of Wisconsin Green Bay, as women's coach.


Kings will have fourth pick in NHL draft

Chicago won the NHL draft lottery, giving the Blackhawks the first pick in the June draft. The Philadelphia Flyers, who had a league-low 56 points, pick second, followed by Phoenix, the Kings and Washington.


Don Cherry, who has been a fixture on CBC's "Hockey Night in Canada" telecasts for more than 25 years, will make his U.S. broadcasting debut as part of NBC's Stanley Cup playoff telecasts, the network announced.


Force waits for safety report to resume racing

Driver-owner John Force said that his drag-racing team would resume NHRA competition this weekend in Las Vegas if he's satisfied with safety changes to his cars in the aftermath of teammate Eric Medlen's death.

Medlen died March 23 of head injuries caused by violent side-to-side vibration in a crash during practice.

-- Jim Peltz


Michael Waltrip has been charged with reckless driving and failing to report an accident after hitting a telephone pole and rolling his car about a mile from his home over the weekend near Sherrill's Ford, N.C.


Fish rallies to advance in U.S. clay court event

Defending champ Mardy Fish rallied to beat Martin Vassallo Arguello, 5-7, 6-2, 7-5, in the first round of the U.S. Clay Court Tennis Championships at Houston.


Top-seeded Nicole Vaidisova was upset at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, S.C., falling to unseeded Michaella Krajicek, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. Venus Williams easily advanced, defeating Samantha Stosur, 6-2, 6-2.


Quarterback Moon investigated for DUI

Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon was arrested and being investigated for drunk driving after a trooper stopped him for allegedly speeding in Kirkland, Wash.


Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin is being sued by a contractor who claims the former Dallas Cowboys star grabbed his arm and injured him during a dispute over a $2,800 payment.


USC's Lynn elected to college baseball hall

Fred Lynn of USC and Jim Abbott of Michigan were among 11 former players and coaches elected the College Baseball Hall of Fame.


Canada won the women's world hockey championship with a 5-1 victory over the United States at Winnipeg, Canada.


The 27th Swim With Mike swim-a-thon will be held at USC's McDonald's Swim Stadium from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, when USC will award physically challenged athletes scholarships.


The Women's Sports Foundation will hold its second "Billies" awards dinner tonight at the Beverly Hilton. The award, named after Billie Jean King, who created the foundation in 1974, recognizes the media for positive portrayal of women's sports.

-- Larry Stewart


Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation allowing the state to cover up to $250 million in cost overruns for the 2016 summer Olympics if Los Angeles wins the Games.


Manchester United advanced to the semifinals soccer's Champions League with a 7-1 victory over AS Roma.

Chelsea advanced by defeating Valencia, 2-1.

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