April 15, 2014 in Sports

Newsmakers

From Staff And Wire Reports
 

Declared Michigan State shooting guard Gary Harris is entering the NBA draft, choosing to skip his last two years of college. Harris averaged a team-high 16.7 points last season. He was an Associated Press All-America honorable mention, All-Big Ten and an all-conference defensive player.

Dismissed Clemson quarterback Chad Kelly was dismissed from the team, two days after he was benched for the second half of the spring game for disagreeing with coaches over whether to go for it on fourth down. Kelly was kicked off the team for conduct detrimental to the program, coach Dabo Swinney said.

• The University of Maine fired men’s basketball coach Ted Woodward after a 6-23 season. Woodward has been Maine’s coach for 10 seasons and he leaves with a career record of 117-178. He also was an assistant for eight years at the Division I school.

Agreed The Minnesota Vikings agreed to terms on a contract with free agent safety Kurt Coleman. Coleman’s agent, Blake Baratz, said the deal was done. The Vikings have not made an announcement. He played the last four seasons for Philadelphia.

Added Virginia Tech’s Trevor Thompson, a 6-foot-11 sophomore, said he’s transferring to play at Ohio State. Thompson will have three years of eligibility remaining.

Planned Vice President Joe Biden is planning to be among the attendees at this summer’s World Cup soccer tournament in Brazil. He also plans to attend a U.S. national team game.

Died Former major league baseball player Hal Smith of Fort Smith, Ark., died Saturday at age 82. A cause of death was not released. Smith played for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1956-61 and was named to three National League All-Star teams. He played briefly for Pittsburgh in 1965 before becoming a scout and coach for several teams.

• Former Houston women’s basketball coach Joe Curl died, the university announced. He was 59. The university gave no further details.


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