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Sports briefs: May 5

College basketball

UK signee Kanter finishes third in Scout.com rankings

Scout.com announced its final rankings for the 2010 basketball recruiting class, and Kentucky signee Enes Kanter jumped to No. 3. That's the same spot the native of Turkey finished in the Rivals.com rankings. Point guard Brandon Knight was ranked No. 6 to give the Wildcats two players in the top 10.

Power forward Terrence Jones, who is reportedly still considering Kentucky after announcing he would go to Washington, is eighth.

Jones told Rivals.com that he immediately had second thoughts after announcing for the Huskies.

"I'm still not sure yet who I'm going to sign with," he said. "I just wasn't sure and basically picked on the spot. My mom said I needed to think about it some more."

North Carolina signee Harrison Barnes was Scout.com's top player, followed by Duke recruit Kyrie Irving. C.J. Leslie, who picked N.C. State over the Wildcats, was 11th.

Doron Lamb, a shooting guard headed to Kentucky, was 28th, and small forward Stacey Poole was 67th.

Louisville has a pair of players in the top 100, small forward Justin Coleman (40th) and Gorgui Dieng (46th).

■ Iowa forward Aaron Fuller is transferring to Southern California and will sit out the upcoming season. The 6-foot-6, 230-pounder from Mesa, Ariz., averaged 9.7 points and 6.2 rebounds while starting 22 of 30 games last season for the Hawkeyes.


Affidavit: Va. player hit victim repeatedly

A Virginia lacrosse player suspected of killing a member of the women's team told police he shook her and hit her head repeatedly against a wall, according to a court document in the case.

An affidavit filed with a search warrant said police found Yeardley Love, 22, face down in her bedroom early Monday with a pool of blood on her pillow, a large bruise on her face and one eye swollen shut. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said the suspect, George Huguely, told them he had an altercation with Love and had kicked in her bedroom door.

"Huguely stated that he and Love had been in a relationship and that the relationship had ended," the document said.

He also told police that he had communicated with Love by e-mail and had taken her computer. The affidavit said he told police where to find the computer and it was recovered.

Huguely, 22 and a senior at the school, was arrested Monday and charged with first-degree murder.

Earlier Tuesday, his lawyer, Francis Lawrence, said he was confident the death was not intentional.

"We are confident that Ms. Love's death was not intended, but an accident with a tragic outcome," Lawrence told reporters. He did not elaborate and said he would have no further comment.


Pacman gets 2nd tryout with Bengals

Cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones got a second workout with the Cincinnati Bengals, one of a handful of teams he's been contacting to try to get back into the NFL. One of Jones' agents told The Associated Press that the Bengals hadn't made a formal contract proposal following Jones' workout Tuesday in Cincinnati. Jones has been arrested repeatedly during his career. The Cowboys released him after the 2008 season, and he didn't play last year.

■ Bengals receiver Maurice Purify was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct following a scuffle at a northern Kentucky night spot. Police said Purify was arrested early Tuesday morning after they broke up a fight at the night spot, located directly across the Ohio River from Cincinnati. He was released later in the day on $500 bond. He's due in court for an initial hearing on Friday. The Bengals had no comment. They signed Purify last year as an undrafted free agent from Nebraska. He appeared in five games, mainly on special teams. He didn't catch a pass.

■ Pro Bowl linebacker Patrick Willis signed a $50 million, five-year contract extension with the San Francisco 49ers that takes him through the 2016 season and includes $29 million in guaranteed money. The 25-year-old Willis has led the team in tackles in each of his first three seasons.

■ Former NFL player and Georgia Tech star Nick Rogers died in a one-car accident. He was 30. The Fulton County Medical Examiner's office said Rogers was killed about 1:30 a.m. Monday when his car hit a utility pole in College Park, near Atlanta. Rogers, a 250-pound linebacker, spent four years in the NFL with Minnesota, Green Bay, Indianapolis and Miami.


UK men to start NCAAs at home

Kentucky's men's tennis team will host first- and second-round NCAA Championship matches on May 14-16 at the Hillary J. Boone Tennis Complex. Kentucky (23-5), seeded 12th, will play Cleveland State (20-6) in the first round. If the Wildcats win, they would play Georgia Tech (17-7) or Binghamton (25-1) two days later.

Kentucky will be making its 21st NCAA appearance, including its 12th in the last 13 years. The Wildcats have hosted the opening rounds seven times since 2000, including last season when they defeated Cleveland State 4-0 before losing to Wake Forest 4-2.

Louisville (22-5) will host Eastern Kentucky (18-8) in the first round. The winner of that match will face Virginia Tech or Vanderbilt.

Williams sisters win return matches

Serena and Venus Williams ended lengthy breaks for knee problems with straight-sets victories in their opening matches at the Italian Open on Tuesday in Rome. Top-ranked Serena defeated Timea Bacsinszky 7-6 (2), 6-1 in her first match since winning the Australian Open more than three months ago. Fourth-ranked Venus handled veteran Patty Schnyder 6-2, 6-2. Defending champion Dinara Safina, recovered from a back injury, lost her opener against Alexandra Dulgheru 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-1.

■ U.S. Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro will have surgery on his right wrist and said he could be out for "a long period." He has not played since a Jan. 24 loss at the Australian Open.

Kim Clijsters pulled out of next week's Madrid Open because her left foot injury isn't healing fast enough. The injury is Clijsters' first major setback since she returned from retirement last year.

NHL Playoffs

Penguins, Fleury shut out Canadiens

Evgeni Malkin scored a power-play goal 1:16 into the third period and Marc-Andre Fleury made 18 saves for his fourth NHL playoff shutout, lifting the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 2-0 road win over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night and a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals series. Pascal Dupuis scored into an empty net with 15 seconds remaining to seal the victory.

Patrick Marleau scored 7:07 into overtime, lifting the San Jose Sharks to a 4-3 comeback win on the road over the Detroit Red Wings and a 3-0 lead in the second-round series. Detroit led 3-1 with 13 minutes left in regulation. Joe Thornton scored 6:42 into the third to pull San Jose within a goal and Logan Couture tied it with 6:43 left.

The last word

Phil Mickelson hit his tee shot in the water on the island-green 17th at Sawgrass during a practice round Tuesday. Not to be alarmed. He was hitting right-handed. Mickelson practiced with two-time Pebble Beach winner Dustin Johnson, and they decided to switch clubs when they got to the most famous hole at The Players Championship. Said Mickelson:

"He and I had a little contest. He was going to hit it lefty, I was going to hit it righty, and neither one of us hit the green. I at least reached the water. Dustin struggled with that."