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Thu., April 7, 2011

Announced Point guard Kyrie Irving is leaving Duke after one season to enter the NBA draft. Coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement issued Wednesday by the school that Irving plans to hire an agent, ending his college career. Irving played only 11 games and missed roughly two-thirds of the season with an injured big toe on his right foot. The 6-foot-2 guard averaged 17.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists for top-seeded Duke.

Signed BYU men’s basketball coach Dave Rose probably could have earned more money by leaving, but he signed a new five-year contract with the Cougars so he could continue to “build a legacy here.” The Cougars finished 32-5 and advanced to the NCAA tournament’s round of 16 for the first time in 30 years.

Suspended South Carolina’s Stephen Garcia has been indefinitely suspended from the football program, less than two weeks after the quarterback guaranteed he would not get in trouble again. It is Garcia’s fifth suspension – and second this spring – since arriving on campus in January 2007.

Argued Former pitcher Roger Clemens argued in court filings that a congressional committee and law firm that investigated performance- enhancing drugs in baseball have no right to withhold evidence from his upcoming criminal trial. Clemens presumably wants to look at the evidence – that he used steroids for human growth hormone – for weaknesses or inconsistencies in the evidence that could aid his defense.

Settled The Tennessee Titans settled their lawsuit with the University of Southern California over Trojans football coach Lane Kiffin hiring away an assistant coach just before training camp last July.

Fired Southern University says it has dismissed athletic director Greg LaFleur, who was arrested over the weekend in Houston and charged with soliciting prostitution from an undercover police officer. LaFleur, the father of Gonzaga basketball player Robert Sacre, was released on bond on Monday.


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