Baylor’s Austin delays NBA plans to return for sophomore season

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Isaiah Austin, a 7-foot-1 center for Baylor who played at Grace Prep in Arlington, said on Twitter that he will be returning for his sophomore season with the Bears.

“Ready to bring home more than just a NIT championship next year,” Austin said.

Austin was projected to be the 15th pick in the first round in the latest 2013 mock draft by DraftExpress.com, 24th by ESPN and 30th by NBADraft.net.

A second-team freshman All-America by Basketball Times, Austin averaged 13.0 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks last season.

Austin was dominating in the semifinals and NIT championship game in New York, where he averaged 14.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and shot 57.9 percent from the field.

He broke Baylor freshman records with 292 rebounds and 11 double-doubles. He had the second-most blocks (58), field goals made (181) and games started (35) of any freshman in program history.

UTA golfers fourth

UT Arlington is tied for fourth with a 6-over 294 after the first round of the WAC men’s golf championship in Henderson, Nev.

The Mavericks are eight shots behind first-place New Mexico State.

Paul McConnell of UTA shot a 1-under 71 and is tied for sixth.

“We started really good, but five double-bogeys coming in kept us from our goal of low round of the day,” UTA coach Jay Rees said. “We practiced after our round. I still feel our mind set is positive and strong. Our goal for the next two days will be low round of the day.”

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• TCU baseball: Pitcher Brandon Finnegan has been invited to pitch with the USA Baseball Collegiate National team this summer. Finnegan, who attended Fort Worth Southwest, is 0-6 this season but has a 2.12 ERA and has recorded 65 strikeouts.

• UCLA football: Defensive back Marcus Rios, who played in nine games as a freshman, could miss the entire 2013 season as he deals with a rare fungal infection in his sinus area that has already required six surgeries since October.

• Wesleyan rolls: Brian White, Joel Rickman, Dusty Harper and Dakota Lee each had two RBIs, leading Texas Wesleyan to a 15-7 victory over Jarvis Christian in the quarterfinals of the RRAC baseball tournament Sunday night in Shreveport, La.

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