Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel will opt for NBA draft

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Kentucky forward Nerlens Noel will enter the NBA draft as he continues recovering from a torn ACL.

The 6-foot-10 freshman is projected to be a lottery pick despite sustaining his season-ending knee injury on Feb. 12. He led the nation with 4.4 blocks per game, and averaged 10.5 points and 9.5 rebounds.

• Also leaving is Georgetown sophomore All-American Otto Porter Jr.

Porter was the Big East player of the year and finished second in the voting behind Michigan’s Trey Burke for The Associated Press player of the year award.

Helping a team that was unranked in the preseason reach as high as No. 5 in the AP poll, Porter averaged 16.2 points and 7.5 rebounds, both highs for Georgetown.

SEC news on hold

The Southeastern Conference and ESPN postponed a news conference scheduled for today in Atlanta after bombs injured dozens at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Neither the network nor the conference have said what the news conference is about, but they were expected to announce the launch of an SEC network.

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• Boise State athletics: The school asked a judge to declare that the school does not owe a $5 million penalty for cancelling its entry into the Big East Conference last year.

• Loyola of Chicago: Sheryl Swoopes is moving courtside as the new women’s basketball coach at Loyola of Chicago. A four-time WNBA champion and three-time Olympic gold medalist who played at Texas Tech, Swoopes takes over a Ramblers program as the school moves to the Missouri Valley Conference.

• Rutgers basketball: Los Angeles Lakers assistant Eddie Jordan has emerged as the front-runner to replace Mike Rice, who was fired less than two weeks ago after a video was released that showed him kicking and grabbing players while uttering anti-gay slurs at them in practice over the past 2 1/2 seasons.

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