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UCLA’s LaVine, Anderson commit to NBA draft

UCLA guards Zach LaVine from Bothell and Kyle Anderson and are leaving early for the NBA draft.


College basketball

UCLA’s LaVine, Anderson commit to NBA draft

UCLA guards Zach LaVine from Bothell and Kyle Anderson are leaving early for the NBA draft.

Anderson, a sophomore from Fairview, N.J., and LaVine, a freshman, each made it official Wednesday that they will forego their remaining eligibility with the Bruins to start pro careers.

Anderson averaged 14.6 points, 8.8 rebounds and 6.5 assists this season, closer to a triple-double than any player in the nation.

LaVine averaged 9.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists while earning Pac-12 all-freshman honors.

They helped lead the Bruins to a 28-9 record, a Pac-12 tournament title and the school’s first Sweet 16 appearance since 2008.

Jahii Carson has made it official: He’s headed to the NBA.

The Arizona State point guard said before his sophomore season that it would be his last with the Sun Devils and he stayed true to his word by declaring for the NBA draft.

The 5-foot-11 guard was a two-time All-Pac-12 first-team selection and averaged 18.6 points, 4.6 assists and 4 rebounds while leading the Sun Devils to the NCAA tournament this year for the first time since 2009.


Atlanta gets MLS team

Major League Soccer unveiled an expansion team for Atlanta that will begin play in 2017 at the city’s new retractable-roof stadium.

The team will be owned by Arthur Blank, who also owns the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons.

While the new facility is designed to seat 71,000 for the NFL, it will be reduced to about 29,000 for soccer using only the lower bowl.

“There will never be an MLS game in Atlanta where NFL lines are shown on the field,” Blank said, drawing a big cheer.

MLS, which has 19 teams this season, is expanding rapidly with a goal of having 24 teams. Orlando and New York City are scheduled to begin play next season, and the league has awarded a provisional team in Miami to a group led by David Beckham, contingent on a new stadium deal.

Thierry Henry and Lloyd Sam scored second-half goals to give the host New York Red Bulls their first win of the season, 2-1 over the Philadelphia Union.

Eric Alexander helped set up both goals, contributing on Henry’s tally in the 57th and lofting a cross 10 minutes later for Sam to head inside the right post.

Sebastien Le Toux converted an 80th-minute penalty kick for Philadelphia (1-2-4) after Ibrahim Sekagya was ejected for an intentional handball in the penalty area, and New York (1-2-4) finished the final 12 minutes with 10 men.

Gareth Bale raced down the field, avoided a defender and rolled the ball under goalkeeper Jose Pinto in the 90th minute, giving Real Madrid a 2-1 win over Barcelona in Valencia and earning its 19th Copa del Rey title.


Three tied for lead

South Korea’s Se Ri Pak, Hyo Joo Kim and So Yeon Ryu each shot a 4-under-par 68 for a three-way tie atop the leaderboard after a breezy first round of the LPGA LOTTE Championship in Kapolei, Hawaii.

Winless in 2013, Pak played the back nine in 2-under 34 in her afternoon round. She had birdies on the par-5 13th and par-4 17th to go along with an eagle on the par-5 5th.

Kim, the 2012 China Ladies Open champion, had five birdies and one bogey.

Local favorite Michelle Wie shot a 70.

Murder trial

Expert questioned

Oscar Pistorius’ lawyers tried to roll back the prosecution’s momentum at his murder trial in Pretoria, South Africa, after the star athlete’s shaky testimony, presenting a forensic expert who quickly found his own credentials and findings sharply questioned.

Earlier, the judge ruled that proceedings will adjourn for more than two weeks after Thursday.

College football

Players refuse to practice

Players at Minnesota State Mankato refused to practice for their former coach, Todd Hoffner, greeting his reinstatement by an arbitrator by demanding that the interim coach keep the top job. Mavericks players came out for spring practice but were not in uniform. They read a statement saying they were unanimous in wanting Aaron Keen to remain as coach.


Constitution, the undefeated winner of last month’s $1 million Florida Derby, will miss the May 3 Kentucky Derby and the rest of the Triple Crown races because of a slight hairline fracture in his front right cannon bone, his co-owner WinStar Farm said.

Roger Federer of Switzerland beat Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic 6-1, 6-2 at the Monte Carlo Masters in Monaco, while top-seeded Rafael Nadal of Spain overcame a rusty start to put away Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia 6-4, 6-1.

• Guard Byron Wesley, USC’s leading scorer last season, announced he would transfer and complete his final season of basketball eligibility at another school.

• Texas A&M quarterback Matt Joeckel will leave the school to try and use his final year of eligibility elsewhere.

• Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops said junior quarterback Jalen Whitlow will transfer after starting 15 games the past two seasons.

• Orlando has added a third bowl game. The Cure Bowl will be held at the Florida Citrus Bowl in December 2015 and feature teams from the American Athletic and Sun Belt conferences. Orlando also has the Russell Athletic Bowl and the Capital One Bowl.

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