Utah center Jakob Poeltl will bypass the NBA draft and return for his sophomore year.
The 7-foot Austria native announced the decision Monday morning.
Poeltl started 34 games and averaged 9.1 points as the Utes advanced to the Sweet 16. He was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman team after setting school freshman records with a 68.1 shooting percentage and 63 blocks. Some thought he would turn pro after playing well against Duke center Jahlil Okafor in the Sweet 16.
Poeltl applied to the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee and says, “I think I can elevate my game a little more before facing the challenges of playing in the NBA.”
The decision is significant for the Utes now that star guard Delon Wright has exhausted his eligibility.
The Ducks tempted fate again and still won.
Renowned for their third-period comebacks during the season and in each of their first two playoff games against the Winnipeg Jets, the Ducks did it again on Monday at MTS Centre. They pulled even with 2:14 left in the third period and grabbed a 5-4 victory when Rickard Rakell deflected a blast by Francois Beauchemin past goaltender Ondrej Pavelec 5 minutes and 12 seconds into sudden-death play.
That gave the Ducks a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series, which will resume at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at MTS Center.
Fans initially stunned into silence by the loss quickly began a chant of “Go Jets go,” a fitting ending to a memorable night for the return of NHL playoff hockey to a city that had gone 19 years without it and thoroughly appreciated its return.
Just when it seemed as if the Ducks might have tempted fate once too often and lost their comeback magic, Ryan Kesler tied the score, 4-4, with 2:14 left in the third period.
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Doug Buffone, a former Bears linebacker who made a seamless transition from a prominent football career to a successful second life as a popular Chicago sports radio personality and businessman, was found dead in his Chicago home Monday, according to police. He was 70.
Paramedics were called to Buffone’s home in the 1200 block of West Lexington Street around 1:30 p.m. Monday, according to police and fire officials. He died of natural causes, they said.
Buffone played 14 seasons for the Bears — tied for second most in franchise history — making 1,257 tackles and surpassing the 100-tackle mark in seven seasons.
He was selected in the fourth round of the 1966 NFL draft out of Louisville. Buffone retired after the 1979 season with 24 career interceptions to lead all Bears linebackers. The first two interceptions of his career came off future Hall of Famers Bart Starr and Johnny Unitas.
Born on June 27, 1944, in Yatesboro, Pa., Buffone was the son of a coal miner. He attended Shannock Valley...Read more
Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston? It's not clear who the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will take with the first overall pick in next week's NFL draft, but General Manager Jason Licht said his team is ready to make that selection.
"Going back all the way to the [combine], we said we had a leader in the clubhouse," Licht said, according to NFL.com. "We still do. If we had to pick today, we'd feel very comfortable making the pick."
The Buccaneers last drafted a quarterback in the first round in 2009 when they took Josh Freeman out of Kansas State with the 17th overall pick. In 2013, Freeman was benched in favor of rookie Mike Glennon. He was released before the end of that season after the team failed to trade Freeman away.
This time around, Tampa Bay will have to make a philosophical choice between Mariota, a spread offense, option-type quarterback and Winston, a prototypical pocket passer. Both are Heisman Trophy winners with experience in big games including the national championship, though only...Read more