Roundup

ROUNDUP

April 24, 2009|By FROM SUN STAFF AND NEWS SERVICES

Vasquez entering NBA draft sans agent

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Maryland junior guard Greivis Vasquez has officially declared for the NBA draft, the school announced Thursday. Vasquez doesn't plan to hire an agent, which gives him the option of returning to the Terps for his senior season. "It's a good opportunity for Greivis to test his marketability," coach Gary Williams said in a statement. Vasquez averaged 17.5 points, 5.0 assists and 5.4 rebounds this past season and was named second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference. Vasquez will continue to attend classes during the spring semester. He has until June 15 to decide whether to withdraw his name from the draft.

More NBA draft: : North Carolina junior guards Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington will enter the draft, ending their college careers a few weeks after leading the Tar Heels to the national title. ... Davidson guard Stephen Curry will skip his senior season and enter the draft.

Pierce, Celtics rout Bulls in Game 3

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Paul Pierce scored 24 points, Rajon Rondo added 20 and the defending champion Boston Celtics beat the host Chicago Bulls, 107-86, to take a 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff series. The teams split two dramatic games in Boston, but this one never really was in doubt.

Mavericks 88, Spurs 67: : Erick Dampier never messed with Tony Parker. He didn't have to. Instead of delivering his guaranteed hard foul, Dampier and Dallas slapped around San Antonio with tight defense, the return of Dirk Nowitzki's shooting touch and the energy of the home crowd, turning it into a victory and a 2-1 lead in the series. Nowitzki scored 20 points.

Et cetera: : Chauncey Billups led the host Nuggets to another blowout of the Hornets late Wednesday, scoring 31 points in Denver's 108-93 win that gave it a 2-0 lead in the series. Carmelo Anthony (Towson Catholic) added 22 points and nine assists for the Nuggets. ... The Kings fired interim coach Kenny Natt.

Falcons acquire Gonzalez from Chiefs

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The Atlanta Falcons boosted their hopes for another trip to the playoffs by acquiring tight end Tony Gonzalez from the Kansas City Chiefs for a 2010 draft pick. The Falcons will send a second-round pick in 2010 to the Chiefs in exchange for Gonzalez, the only tight end in NFL history selected to 10 Pro Bowls.

Et cetera: : Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme received a five-year, $42.5 million extension that will keep him under contract through the 2014 season. ... Longtime Colts punter Hunter Smith agreed to terms with the Redskins, his agent said.

Red Wings win, 6-5, sweep Blue Jackets

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Johan Franzen scored on a power play with 46.6 seconds left, giving the reigning Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings a 6-5 road victory and a sweep of the Columbus Blue Jackets in an NHL first-round playoff series.

More NHL: : Martin Brodeur tied Patrick Roy's record for playoff shutouts with his 23rd, making 44 saves in the Devils' 1-0 home victory over the Hurricanes that put New Jersey up 3-2 in the series. ... The Flyers avoided elimination by beating the host Penguins, 3-0, in Game 5.

Baseball: : Hall of Famer and former Orioles outfielder, manager and assistant general manager Frank Robinson was appointed special assistant to the commissioner.

Polo:: An official at Franck's Pharmacy in Ocala, Fla., said the business incorrectly prepared a supplement given to 21 horses from the Venezuelan-owned Lechuza team that died over the weekend while preparing to play in a championship match.

Outdoors: : Maryland lawmakers have approved emergency regulations for the summer flounder season that are designed to prevent overfishing that occurred last season and help rebuild the East Coast stock by 2013. An angler fishing in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries will have a daily limit of one flounder, with a minimum total length of 16 1/2 inches. In Maryland's Coastal Bays and in the state waters of the Atlantic Ocean, an angler may keep three flounder per day, with a minimum size limit of 18 inches. The season will end Sept. 13.

College lacrosse: : Five Maryland players were selected to the All-ACC women's team: junior midfielder Caitlyn McFadden; sophomores Sarah Mollison (attack), Laura Merrifield (midfield) and Brandi Jones (midfield); and freshman attacker Karri Ellen Johnson. ... Maryland senior midfielder Dan Groot and defenseman Max Schmidt and attack Ryan Young, both sophomores, were chosen to the All-ACC men's team.

College football: : The second EagleBank Bowl at RFK Stadium in Washington will get a better time slot. Bowl organizers said the game will kick off at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 29. Last year's inaugural game began at 11 a.m. Dec. 20 - the first bowl game of the season. Wake Forest beat Navy, 29-19.

Track and field: : Vanessa Henry of UMES uncorked a toss of 48 feet, 5 1/4 inches for the women's Eastern college shot-put crown at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia. McDonogh's Moriah Young (43-3 1/4) was fourth in the girls scholastic shot-put event. ELLIOTT DENMAN

Golf: : Lanny Wadkins was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame. ... Charlie Wi shot a 6-under-par 66 for a one-stroke lead after the first round of the PGA Zurich Classic in Avondale, La. ... Lorena Ochoa's 8-under 65 gave her a one-shot lead in the LPGA Corona Championship in Morelia, Mexico.

Swimming: : Alain Bernard of France broke the world record in the 100-meter freestyle at the French championships in Montpellier. Bernard won his semifinal race in 46.94 seconds, beating Australian Eamon Sullivan's mark of 47.05 set during the Olympic semifinals last year in Beijing.

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