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In brief: AP honors Turner, Boeheim

Sat., April 3, 2010, midnight

College men: As Evan Turner clutched his trophy and posed for yet another photo, he couldn’t escape a little ribbing.

“That going to fit at home?” Ohio State teammate David Lighty said Friday as Turner walked past with the Associated Press player of the year award.

“This is going to be a window ornament,” Turner shot back as both laughed.

Turner, a 6-foot-7 junior swingman who averaged 20.3 points, 9.2 rebounds and 5.9 assists, received 54 votes from the 65-member national media panel. Kentucky freshman John Wall was second with nine votes.

Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim was selected the AP’s coach of the year, receiving 39 votes, while Kansas State’s Frank Martin was next with eight.

Turner led the Buckeyes to the Big Ten title and a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament.

Boeheim took Syracuse from an unranked team in the preseason to No. 1 in the poll and a No. 1 seeding in the NCAA tournament. He had never won the award before.

Purdue locks up Painter: Purdue coach Matt Painter has signed a new contract that will keep him leading the Boilermakers through the 2016-17 season. The contract gives Painter, 112-56 in five seasons at Purdue, a $1.3 million base salary, plus up to $1 million of incentives.

College of Idaho tabs Jensen: Former Boise State coach Rod Jensen has been named the new men’s basketball coach at the College of Idaho.

Coleman rallies Reese’s: Aubrey Coleman of Houston scored 14 points and hit two 3-pointers to rally the Reese’s All-Stars past Hershey’s 106-101 in a game in Indianapolis featuring college seniors.

Kent State extends Ford: Kent State coach Geno Ford has agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension with the school. Ford’s new deal runs through 2014-15 and will pay him a base salary of $300,000 per year.

Lakers, Bryant agree to 3-year extension

NBA: Kobe Bryant signed a three-year contract extension worth nearly $90 million that will keep him with the Los Angeles Lakers through the 2013-14 season. The deal begins after next season.

Bryant scored 25 points in the Lakers’ 106-92 win over Utah in Los Angeles.

Cavs win 60th: LeBron James scored 27 points and the Cavaliers entered an elite fraternity of NBA franchises with their 60th win, scoring 12 straight points in the fourth quarter to pull away and beat the Atlanta Hawks 93-88 in Cleveland.

Spurs top Magic: Manu Ginobili scored 43 points, his fourth 30-plus game since replacing Tony Parker in the starting lineup last month, leading the Spurs to a 112-100 victory over the Orlando Magic in San Antonio.

Garnett fined: Celtics forward Kevin Garnett has been fined $25,000 for criticizing game officials and for using inappropriate language during a postgame interview. Garnett made the comments following Boston’s 109-104 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night.

Rodriguez meets with MLB officials

Baseball: Alex Rodriguez met with three officials from Major League Baseball and told them he didn’t receive performance-enhancing drugs from a Canadian doctor under investigation by federal and Canadian authorities.

The New York Yankees third basemen met officials Thursday in the Tampa, Fla., area. Details were disclosed by a person who spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcements were authorized. The doctor, Anthony Galea, told the AP last month that he prescribed only anti-inflammatories to Rodriguez.

Sproles signs Chargers’ tender

NFL: Chargers running back-kick returner Darren Sproles has signed his one-year contract tender worth $7,283,000. Sproles had been a restricted free agent.

If the five-year veteran signed an offer sheet with another team, the Chargers would have had the right to match the offer or receive draft picks as compensation for losing him.

Gators’ Demps runs year’s fastest 100M

Miscellany: Florida running back Jeff Demps has the fastest 100-meter time in the world this year.

Demps, running in the Florida Relays in Gainesville, covered the distance in 10.11 seconds. Nesta Carter of Jamaica had the previous fast time of 2010 (10.15).

Kim leads Kraft Nabisco: South Korean Song-Hee Kim shot a 4-under-par 68 at the LPGA Tour’s Kraft Nabisco Championship in Rancho Mirage, Calif., to top a leaderboard loaded with majors winners.

Kim’s two-day total of 7-under 137 gave her a one-shot lead over majors winners Cristie Kerr (67), Karen Stupples (69) and top-ranked Lorena Ochoa (70). Wendy Ward of Edwall, Wash., shot her second consecutive 78 and didn’t make the cut.

Busch dominates Nashville: Kyle Busch raced to his first NASCAR victory as a team owner, dominating the Nashville 200 in Gladeville, Tenn., for his 17th career Trucks Series win.

Flames beat, tie Avs: Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 35 shots for the Calgary Flames, who beat Colorado 2-1 in Denver and moved into a points tie with the eighth-place Avalanche in the NHL Western Conference playoff race.

Charlotte bowl seeks sponsor: Organizers of the Meineke Bowl terminated their title sponsorship agreement effective after this year’s game, which means there will likely be a different name for the Charlotte, N.C., event in 2011.

Blind Luck prevails: Blind Luck overtook Tidal Pool in the stretch in the $300,000 Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., winning by 21/2 lengths. Blind Luck, with Rafael Bejarano aboard, finished in 1:42.56 and paid $3 and $2.20 in the race for 3-year-old fillies.


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