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Sports news briefs — March 31

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Kansas’ Wiggins set to enter NBA Draft

• Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins made official Monday what he’s been telling folks all along: He’s headed to the NBA after his only season with the Jayhawks.

The 6-foot-8 forward, who was voted second-team All-America earlier in the day, is expected to go in the top three picks in the June draft. Many believe he could go first overall.

“It wasn’t an easy decision because the fans showed me so much love here,” said Wiggins, choking up briefly during a news conference at Allen Fieldhouse. “I just wish I had more time. College goes by so fast. I can see why people stay all four years.”

Wiggins was the top-rated recruit when he arrived at Kansas, and his brief career was a bit of a roller coaster. He struggled early in the season, caught fire midway through, and then flamed out when it mattered most in an NCAA Tournament loss to Stanford. He scored four points on 1-for-6 shooting in the third-round defeat. Afterward, he said despondently that he let his team down with his poor performance.

The Canadian averaged a freshman-record 17.1 points and nearly six rebounds per game, and was voted the AP’s Big 12 freshman of the year.

• Senior forward Doug McDermott from Creighton was a unanimous choice for the Associated Press All-America team. McDermott, who led the nation in scoring at 26.9 points a game, was one of four seniors on this year’s team, which included freshman Jabari Parker of Duke. The other seniors all came from the first-year American Athletic Conference: Russ Smith of Louisville, Shabazz Napier of Connecticut and Sean Kilpatrick of Cincinnati.

• California men’s coach Mike Montgomery is retiring after six seasons at the school. Montgomery, 67, decided to retire following an up-and-down season that ended last Wednesday with a loss to SMU in the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament. The Golden Bears went 21-14 in his final season.

Ernie Kent was hired as Washington State’s men’s coach, giving him another shot at leading a Pac-12 Conference program four years after he was let go by Oregon.

• South Florida hired Kentucky assistant Orlando Antigua, 41, as its men’s coach. Antigua has spent the past six seasons working under John Calipari, five at Kentucky, which is making its third trip to the Final Four in four years.

• Duke assistant Steve Wojciechowski, 37, interviewed for the Marquette job Monday, a source said. The source spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because Marquette is not commenting publicly about specific candidates for the position.

other SPORTS

Dye captures title in IOA Golf Classic

• Kendall Dye won the rain-delayed IOA Golf Classic in Longwood, Fla., for her first Symetra Tour title, matching the course record with a 6-under 65 for a 3-stroke victory.

 Lonnie White, the former Southern California player who worked as a Los Angeles Times sports writer for two decades, died Saturday at Glendale Memorial Hospital. He was 49. His sister Terri told the Times that he had a number of health problems in recent years.

• The Buffalo Sabres signed interim coach Ted Nolan to a three-year contract extension.

• Defenders DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco were barred from playing for the U.S. national team by their Mexican club when the Americans face Mexico on Wednesday.

Hobart “Hobie” Alter, whose designs for foam surfboards and low-cost catamarans helped popularize surfing and sailing, died Saturday at his home in Palm Desert, Calif. He was 80.

— From wire reports


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