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Louisville women try for the daily double
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Louisville women's team will try to match the men's team's national championship tonight when they face Connecticut in the title game. But the Cardinals will be a decided underdog when they take the court. UConn is 7-0 in national title games and has won the last 12 meetings between the two schools including the 2009 national championship game.
But Louisville has already established a reputation as a giant-killer, stunning top-seed Baylor in the regional finals and coming from behind to knock off California in the national semifinals.
Only one school has had both the men's and women's teams win national championships in the same year. That was Connecticut in 2004.
Championship player going to the NBA... Hoosiers Oladipo to turn pro
UNDATED (AP) — The day after Louisville won the national championship, the father of Russ Smith says the Louisville junior guard will leave school to enter the NBA draft. Russ Smith, Jr. said his son will announce his decision in the next week.
During Smith's stay at Louisville, he and his fellow Cardinals shared in the national championship and two two Big East titles and he was an all-conference first-team selection this season. Smith averaged 18.9 points this season including 23.3 in six NCAA tournament games.
In other college-to-NBA news:
— Indiana's Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE'-poh) is heading to the NBA where he projected to be a top-six pick. The junior, first-team All-American was the Hoosiers' second-leading scorer, averaging 13.6 points to go along with 6.3 rebounds per game.
— Talented Kansas freshman guard Ben McLemore is heading to the NBA. The decision comes after perhaps the most successful season by a freshman in the school's history. The 6-foot-6 second-team All-American is expected to be a lottery pick in June after breaking the Jayhawks' freshman scoring record held by Danny Manning. McLemore averaged nearly 16 points for a team that went 31-6 and won a share of its ninth straight Big 12 championship.
__ Duke's Ryan Kelly will be out 12 weeks after having surgery on his injured right foot. The Duke-issued timeline would keep the 6-foot-11 senior out until early July. The NBA draft is June 27.
Cabrera shines in Tigers win
UNDATED (AP) — It took Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera into the second week of the baseball season to hit his home run.
It was part of a productive day for the AL MVP as Detroit topped Toronto 7-3. The homer was among four hits for Cabrera who also drove in four runs and scored three.
Jeter running...Angels' Weaver on DL
UNDATED (AP) — New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter ran on a field for the first time in several weeks, his biggest steps yet in his comeback from injury.
Manager Joe Girardi (jer-AR'-dee) said Jeter did some sprints, took grounders and hit indoors at the team's training complex in Tampa, Fla.
Girardi has been watching videotapes of Jeter's workouts and said the perennial All-Star "looked as good as at any point that I had seen him in spring training."
Jeter hasn't played since March 23. He was placed on the disabled list on March 31 and there's no timetable on when the 38-year-old will be activated.
In other baseball news:
— The Los Angeles Angels placed ace Jered Weaver on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured left elbow. The right-hander is expected to miss at least four weeks. Weaver left Sunday's loss against the Texas Rangers early after jamming his non-throwing arm while dodging a line drive. He was initially said to have suffered a strained elbow.
— Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke (REHN'-ih-kee) went to a Chicago hospital emergency room Tuesday because of back pain but rejoined the team hours later for a game at Wrigley Field.
Masters pairings announced
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Tiger Woods will play the first two rounds of the Masters with Luke Donald and Scott Piercy.
Woods has played with Donald before in majors, though never in the opening rounds at Augusta National. Piercy is making his Masters debut. They are in the morning wave Thursday, teeing off at 10:45 a.m.
Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson are at the back end of the draw for the opening round.
Mickelson, going after a fourth green jacket, tees off at 1:30 p.m. with Louis Oosthuizen (WUHST'-hy-zehn) and Martin Kaymer (KY'-mur). McIlroy is in the group right behind him with Keegan Bradley and Freddie Jacobson of Sweden.
Guan Tianlang, the 14-year-old from China, plays with Matteo Manassero and 61-year-old Ben Crenshaw.
More allegations involving former Rutgers coach
MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) — A former Robert Morris player has told school officials former coach Mike Rice used a homophobic slur and threw a basketball at a player "once or twice" during his time at the university.
Rice was fired by Rutgers last week after video of the coach verbally and physically abusing players became public. A former Rutgers staff member alleged Rice engaged in several "coaches versus players" brawls while coaching the Colonials from 2007-10.
Robert Morris athletic director Craig Coleman says an internal investigation uncovered no evidence of the alleged fights. Coleman says one player, who left the program while Rice was in charge, told officials Rice directed a gay slur at him and got into a shoving match with another player during halftime of a game. The other player denied having improper contact with Rice.
Case against administrators goes forward
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Three former Penn State administrators accused of covering up complaints about Jerry Sandusky have lost a set of rulings, allowing their criminal cases to move forward.
Judge Barry Feudale denied an attempt to throw out the grand jury report backing up the accusations and ruled against two other defense requests.
Feudale said he would not have granted the defendants' request that the charges be thrown out and emphasized that the case was out of his hands once the grand jury issued its report. But the judge did provide an analysis of the defense arguments that, he said, let him to conclude their motions lacked merit.
Defendants Gary Schultz, Tim Curley and Graham Spanier are charged with perjury, obstruction, endangering the welfare of children, failure to properly report suspected abuse and conspiracy.ve