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Record Number of Early NFL Draft Entrants…Bulls’ Carter Out 8-12 Weeks…UConn to Self-Impose Sanctions

NEW YORK (AP) – A record 135 college football players are bypassing their remaining years of eligibility to enter the NFL draft. The list released by the NFL today includes 103 underclassmen eligible for the April 25-27 draft, and another 32 who have graduated but still have college eligibility. Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray of Oklahoma and Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins made their intentions known ahead of Monday’s NFL deadline.

CHICAGO (AP) – The Chicago Bulls expect prized rookie center Wendell Carter Jr. to miss eight to 12 weeks because of a left thumb injury suffered in Tuesday’s blowout loss to the Lakers. The injury was initially diagnosed as a sprain, but more tests and a follow-up examination revealed it was more serious and potentially season-ending. The seventh player taken in last year’s NBA draft is averaging 10.3 points and seven rebounds a game this season.

LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) – Phil Mickelson has followed yesterday’s 12-under 60 with a 68 to take a two-stroke lead into the weekend in his first PGA event of the year. A day after matching his career-low score, the 48-year-old Mickelson moved to 16 under with birdies on four of his final five holes. Curtis Luck is alone in second following a 66, while Adam Hadwin and Steve Marino are 13 under.

STORRS, Conn. (AP) – The University of Connecticut has announced self-imposed penalties that include the loss of a scholarship for the 2019-20 season due to violations of NCAA rules under former basketball coach Kevin Ollie. The school said it also will restrict its recruiting by limiting official and unofficial visits and cutting the number of recruiting days this year from 130 to 126. The school also plans to pay a $5,000 fine among penalties it hopes will avoid further sanctions from the NCAA.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Nashville Predators forward Ryan Johansen has received a two-game suspension without pay from the NHL. Johansen was punished for high-sticking Winnipeg forward Mark Scheifele during last night’s 5-1 loss to the Jets. The 26-year-old Johansen has eight goals and 42 points in 49 games this season.


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