Update on the latest in sports:

March 28, 2018 - 8:33 pm


Tennessee, Memphis to renew basketball rivalry next season

UNDATED (AP) — Duke freshman Marvin Bagley III and Michigan State guard Miles Bridges are among the latest premier college players to say they are leaving school early to enter the NBA draft.

Bagley says on his verified Twitter account that he "learned a lot this year on and off of the court." He did not say in the post if he would hire an agent but is expected to be a high lottery pick. The AP All-American and ACC player and rookie of the year led the conference in scoring and rebounding, averaging 21.2 points and 11.3 rebounds for the Blue Devils.

Bridges is skipping his final two seasons of eligibility and entering the NBA draft. Bridges weighed the idea of going pro last year, but he decided to stay in school and helped the Spartans become a national title contender. The 6-foot-7 guard was named a second-team All-American by The Associated Press this month and averaged 17.1 points, seven rebounds and 2.7 assists.

Texas junior guard Eric Davis Jr. and DePaul junior guard Max Strus are also entering the NBA draft.

Davis averaged 8.8 points in 26 games this season, missing the Longhorns' final six games following allegations in Yahoo Sports report that he took money from an agent representative.

Strus averaged a team-leading 16.8 points and hit 81 3-pointers.

In other college basketball news:

— Auburn basketball coach Bruce Pearl has received a vote of confidence from the Tigers' new athletic director. Allen Greene told WJOX-FM in Birmingham that it's "absolutely" his intention to stand by Pearl barring further developments from the FBI or NCAA. Auburn hired a Birmingham law firm to conduct a review of Pearl's program after last September's arrest of then-associate head coach Chuck Person on federal corruption charges.

— UNC Greensboro has extended men's basketball coach Wes Miller's contract through the 2028-29 season after he led the Spartans to their first NCAA Tournament since 2001. UNC Greensboro this season won a school-record 27 games, claimed its second consecutive Southern Conference regular season title, won the league tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament before losing to Gonzaga in the first round.

— Tavaras Hardy has been hired as the new men's basketball coach at Loyola University Maryland. The 38-year-old Hardy has served on coaching staffs in the Big Ten, Big East and ACC over the past 12 seasons.


New helmet rule likely to be part of replay for officiating

UNDATED (AP) — The Raiders are another step closer to leaving Oakland again.

The Las Vegas Stadium Authority has signed the final documents necessary to build the future home of the Raiders. Raiders President Marc Badain and authority chairman Steve Hill have signed the lease and development agreements in Las Vegas for the $1.8 billion, 65,000-seat stadium that also will serve as home to the UNLV Rebels.

The move comes a day after NFL owners voted 31-1 to approve the stadium plans and financing, including a $200 million loan from the league.

In other NFL personnel news:

— Benjamin Watson's agent says the veteran tight end has agreed to return to the Saints. Watson posted career highs of 74 catches and 825 yards receiving with the Saints in 2015, the third and final year of his prior stint in New Orleans.

— A person with knowledge of the deal says the Broncos have acquired safety Su'a Cravens from the Redskins. Denver and Washington flip fourth- and fifth-round picks this season as part of the trade. In addition, Denver sends a fifth-rounder to Washington in 2018 and a conditional sixth-round pick in 2020.

— The Browns have traded former starting quarterback Cody Kessler to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Cleveland will get back a conditional seventh-round pick in 2019 for Kessler, who started eight games as a rookie in 2016 but has been sliding down Cleveland's depth chart. Kessler sat behind rookie DeShone Kizer and Kevin Hogan last season. The Browns are expected to use the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft on a quarterback.

—The Arizona Cardinals have gone across the Atlantic to sign defensive lineman Moubarak Djeri. The 6-foot-3, 275-pound Togo native played the last two seasons in the German Football League. Last year, he had 12 sacks, 40 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles.

— The NFL's new rule outlawing a player from lowering his head to initially make any sort of hit with his helmet likely will be included in replay reviews for officials. Though nothing has been finalized, Commissioner Roger Goodell and competition committee chairman Rich McKay made it clear that video reviews probably will be part of the process.

— Former University of Nebraska and Oakland Raiders quarterback David Humm has died at age 65. Humm was a starter for three seasons at Nebraska and was a backup on Super Bowl-winning teams in the 1976 and '83 seasons, playing 95 games over 10 seasons with the Raiders, Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Colts. Humm had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1988 and was in a wheelchair for more than 20 years.


Royals lose Perez for 4 weeks

UNDATED (AP) — Royals catcher Salvador Perez will miss up to six weeks after spraining the MCL in his left knee.

Perez was injured at home as he missed a step while carrying a suitcase up stairs. The five-time All-Star heard a "pop" and immediately called Royals trainer Nick Kenney, who advised Perez to ice the knee and come in for an MRI exam on Wednesday.

No surgery is required, and recovery can be as little as four weeks.

In other MLB news:

— The Reds have pushed back their season opener against the Nationals by a day because rain is forecast for all day Thursday. They'll open on Friday afternoon instead, taking advantage of what was a scheduled day off for both teams. The pitching matchups remain the same, with Max Scherzer facing Homer Bailey.

— Tampa Bay pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (eh-VAHL'-dee) has loose bodies in his pitching elbow and will undergo arthroscopic surgery. The 28-year-old right-hander was expected to be part of the Rays rotation after recovering from Tommy John surgery. He's been placed on the 10-day disabled list ahead of the opener against Boston.


Cavs' Love in concussion protocol...James matches MJ mark

UNDATED (AP) — Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love is in the NBA's concussion protocol after being elbowed in the face.

Love was struck by Miami's Jordan Mickey early in Tuesday's game at Miami. He briefly returned to the floor, but experienced concussion-like symptoms at halftime.

The Cavs said his status will be updated when appropriate.

Love's teammate has tied an NBA record tonight. LeBron James has now scored at least 10 points in 866 consecutive games, matching Michael Jordan's 17-year-old record. James did it against the Jordan-owned Hornets, continuing a streak that began on Jan. 6, 2007.

In other NBA news:

— Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas will have arthroscopic surgery on his right hip Thursday, ending his season. The procedure typically requires months of rehabilitation.

— Hassan Whiteside is apparently nearing a return to the Heat lineup. Miami is listing its starting center as questionable for Thursday against the Bulls after missing nine games with pain in his left hip.


B's extend Chara

UNDATED (AP) — The Boston Bruins have locked up defenseman Zdeno Chara (zuh-DAY'-noh CHAH'-rah) for another season.

The Bruins agreed to pay the 2009 Norris Trophy winner $5 million next year, when he will turn 42. Incentives could add another $1.75 million.

Chara has seven goals and 16 assists this season, his 20th in the NHL.


Russia says US barring its wrestlers from Iowa competition

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Foreign Ministry has accused the United States of trying to bar Russian wrestlers from an upcoming competition and claims the U.S. is unfit to host international sports events.

The ministry says the U.S. embassy in Moscow refused to arrange visa interviews for the Russian team ahead of the freestyle wrestling World Cup, which starts April 5 in Iowa City, Iowa.

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