Jordan Adams will return to UCLA for his junior season and won’t enter the NBA draft. The sophomore guard from Atlanta said Thursday he’s had fun playing college basketball and he’s excited about the team the Bruins will have next year. They’ll be without sophomore Kyle Anderson and freshman Zach LaVine, both of whom said this week they’re leaving school early to go pro. Adams led the Bruins in scoring with 17.4 points per game, was the second-leading rebounder with 5.3 per game, and set the school single-season steals record with 95.
Former NFL star Chad Johnson will make his return to the gridiron in the Canadian Football League. The veteran receiver signed a two-year deal with the Montreal Alouettes on Thursday after impressing team officials at a minicamp in Vero Beach, Fla. He last appeared in an NFL game during the 2011 season with New England. ”Chad Johnson did an outstanding job the last three days,” Alouettes general manager Jim Popp said in a statement. He was very happy and very excited to be on the field again and we are happy to welcome him to the Alouettes.” Johnson, who once changed his last name to Ochocinco, spent most of his 11 NFL seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals.
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.
Kentucky coach John Calipari has been too busy promoting his latest book to reflect on last week’s NCAA championship game loss to Connecticut. Some clarity began to emerge Thursday, when guard James Young became the first to announce that he will enter the NBA draft, leaving forward Julius Randle and twin guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison to decide if they will follow him as speculated or return for another season. In all cases, Calipari said he has provided them enough information to make a decision. Regarding last week’s tweet from ex-Kentucky player Rex Chapman that Calipari was headed to the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers, the coach told former Wildcats star Anthony Davis he wasn’t, but also joked ”unless you’ll come with me.” The coach conceded that Kentucky’s surprising recovery from a shaky stretch run to reach the NCAA final – where the Wildcats lost 60-54 to Connecticut – ratcheted up discussion about his and players’ pro prospects.
Former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper’s DNA was found in an examination of one of two women who accuse him of drugging and sexually assaulting them at a Tempe apartment, a detective said Wednesday. Tempe police Detective Kevin Mace said at a bail hearing in Phoenix that Sharper’s DNA was recovered from one of the women’s clothing, but none of his DNA was found during an exam of the other woman. The hearing marks the latest development in several ongoing sexual assault investigations involving Sharper in Louisiana, California, Florida, Arizona and Nevada. Bail in Sharper’s California rape case was set at $1 million, but he was indicted in Arizona last month on charges of sexual assault and administering dangerous drugs and was denied bail.
Bucks owner Herb Kohl was well past retirement age and realized it was time to secure the future of the franchise. He had one big caveat for any potential investors: Keep the team in his hometown of Milwaukee. The former U.S. senator is banking on New York investment firm executives Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens to follow through after agreeing to sell them the Bucks for about $550 million. The deal is subject to approval by the NBA and its board of governors.
Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III are skipping their last two seasons at Michigan to enter the NBA draft and chase a dream they’ve had since they were kids. You see a lot of kids now making that jump from Canada and I’m glad to be a part of that group.” Robinson, meanwhile, might have looked at the league a little earlier because his father – nicknamed ”Big Dog” – was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1994 NBA draft. ”He stayed an extra year in college when he thought he wasn’t ready.” Robinson, who is from St. John, Ind., said the NBA’s undergraduate advisory committee informed him he would be a first-round pick if he entered the draft and he chose to make the leap Monday night. He turned down a chance to enter the draft last year as a likely first-round pick and ended up having back surgery last season, putting his standing as an NBA prospect in doubt.