NBA

Jabari Parker draws?laughs in Milwaukee

•??Duke star Jabari Parker received a hero’s welcome in Milwaukee, one day after the Bucks selected him with the second pick in the NBA Draft.

Dressed in a sleek gray suit, Parker projected a balance of confidence and humility during a 30-minute news conference.

The Chicago native, 19, is a lifelong fan of the Bulls, but that’s on hold.

“It’s great to be back home — the great lake of Michigan. It’s pure,” Parker said, drawing laughs. “It’s some great water.”

•?Philadelphia 76ers President Sam Hinkie says Kansas prospect Joel Embiid will play a key role after he heals from a stress fracture on his right foot. The recovery could take eight months. The 76ers selected the 7-foot center with the third pick.

•?The NBA Draft had its best rating on ESPN, beating the mark set 11 years ago when LeBron James was the No. 1 pick. The telecast Thursday had a 3.1 overnight rating. That’s a 19 percent increase from last year’s 2.6 mark.

•?Washington Wizards forward Martell Webster had surgery to repair a herniated disc in his lower back and is expected to miss three to five months.

•?Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph exercised a $16.5 million option for 2014-15 and agreed on a two-year extension worth $20 million.

OTHER SPORTS

Cowboys sign guard,?put other on reserve

•?The Dallas Cowboys signed veteran guard Uche Nwaneri, formerly of the Jaguars, and placed guard Tyronne Green on season-ending injured reserve with a calf strain.

•Major League Soccer suspended D.C. United forward Fabian Espindola for two games for violent conduct toward Montreal Impact midfielder Felipe Martins on June 11.

•?Chicago Sky forward Elena Delle Donne has left the WNBA team while battling Lyme disease.

— From wire reports.