MLB: Reds’ Chapman cleared to throw
CHICAGO (AP) — Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman has been cleared to throw batting practice for the first time since he was hit in the face by a line drive during an exhibition game on March 19.
Chapman sustained fractures of his nose and a bone above his left eye when hit by the drive off the bat of Kansas City’s Salvador Perez.
Tulsa lures Mizzou’s Haith
• TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa hired Frank Haith of Missouri as its men’s basketball coach, landing a major-conference coach to lead the Golden Hurricanes’ transition from Conference USA to the American Athletic Conference this summer.
The 48-year-old Haith said the move came quickly: He was contacted Thursday and was particularly interested by Tulsa’s upcoming move to the home of national champion UConn and teams like Memphis and Cincinnati.
• DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke sophomore Rodney Hood is entering the NBA draft.
Hood said in a statement that playing for Mike Krzyzewski “helped me grow and develop as a player and a person” to prepare him for the NBA.
Hood averaged 16.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists after sitting out last year following his transfer from Mississippi State.
• INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Freshman guard Elijah Brown is transferring out of Butler’s basketball program.
The son of Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown was one of the prized recruits in Butler’s freshman recruiting class. The 6-foot-4 guard is the fourth Butler player to transfer since mid-February, following freshmen Nolan Berry and Rene Castro and sophomore Devontae Morgan.