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Sports briefs: June 9

Eric Crouch, the 2001 Heisman Trophy winner, is participating in a minicamp for his hometown Omaha Nighthawks.
Eric Crouch, the 2001 Heisman Trophy winner, is participating in a minicamp for his hometown Omaha Nighthawks. AP

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Ex-Duke player Emma jumps to his death in New York

Tom Emma, a 1983 draft pick of the NBA Chicago Bulls, jumped to his death from a Manhattan building Tuesday, New York City police said. He was 49.

Emma, of Manhattan, leaped from the 22nd floor New York Athletic Club at 180 Central Park South about 11:30 a.m., a New York Police Department spokesman said. Emma's body was found on a second-floor landing of 160 Central Park South, the Jumeirah Essex House.

Police said relatives told them Emma had been depressed.

Patrick Bade has switched from the Purdue men's basketball program to the school's football program.

Bade played in 58 basketball games for the Boilermakers over the last two seasons with four starts. The 6-foot-8, 230-pounder averaged 1.2 points and 1.6 rebounds, with career highs of 10 points and nine boards. Bade did not play football as a senior in high school, but Purdue football coach Danny Hope said he viewed clips of when Bade played tight end as a junior and was impressed.

UK SPORTS

Boevers takes fourth in discus

Senior Colin Boevers scored the Kentucky track and field team's first five points of the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a fourth-place finish in the men's discus throw at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. Fellow senior Jenna Martin advanced in the women's 400-meter relays, which will take place Friday at 8:55 p.m.

NBA

Hawks' Williams has back surgery

Atlanta Hawks forward Marvin Williams has undergone minor surgery on his lower back to alleviate the pain from a bulging disk. The outpatient procedure was performed Wednesday at Peachtree Orthopedic Clinics in Atlanta. The team says Williams walked out of the facility on his own and should be able to resume full basketball activities in six to eight weeks.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Grant transferring from Alabama

Corey Grant's high school coach says the Alabama running back plans to transfer. Opelika High School Coach Brian Blackmon says he doesn't know where Grant will wind up, but he says the redshirt freshman is good enough to play for a major college program.

Blackmon says Grant told him he wouldn't be returning to Alabama.

Grant was a four-star recruit out of high school.

Four other Alabama players have already transferred, including linebacker Petey Smith, running back Demetrius Goode, defensive back B.J. Scott and defensive lineman Brandon Moore.

Eric Crouch is giving pro football yet another try.

The 2001 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from Nebraska is among 70 players participating in a minicamp this week for his hometown Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League.

Crouch was a 2002 third-round NFL draft choice of the St. Louis Rams. He walked out of training camp and announced his retirement after not being given a chance at quarterback.

■ President Barack Obama is reminding Alabamans of a reason to celebrate: Auburn University's championship football team.

The Tigers visited the White House on Wednesday and Obama congratulated the players for their work both on the field and in the community.

Auburn was set to visit the White House in late April, but the trip was postponed so Obama could fly to Alabama to survey tornado damage. Obama said he was inspired by the strength and generosity of Alabamans. He said more than 70 Auburn coaches, players and staff pitched in to help with relief efforts.

■ Former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett blames athletes rather than coaches and boosters for the culture that created problems in the Buckeyes' football program.

Clarett also questioned the foundation of big-time college football, where universities make millions off athletes yet the players get in trouble for accepting small amounts of cash, during an interview Wednesday on The Dan Patrick Show.

As a freshman in 2002, Clarett led Ohio State to the national title. He was later suspended by the NCAA for taking improper benefits and never played another game. He ended up serving 3½ years in prison for a holdup outside a Columbus bar.

ETC.

Krzyzewski, Paterno to share stage

College coaching greats Mike Krzyzewski and Joe Paterno will meet on the same stage at Penn State to discuss coaching, ethics and other issues for a show to air on ESPN.

The network will tape the discussion between Duke's basketball coach and Penn State's football coach before an invitation-only audience June 20 at Eisenhower Auditorium on the Penn State campus. The program, Difference Makers: Life Lessons with Paterno & Krzyzewski, is scheduled to air on ESPN and ESPNU on June 30.

■ Centre College is one of seven members of the NCAA Division III Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference that are leaving the conference effective July 1, 2012, to form a new athletic conference beginning with the 2012-13 season. The new conference will also include Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama, Hendrix College in Arkansas, Millsaps College in Mississippi, Oglethorpe University in Georgia, and Rhodes College and Sewanee: The University of the South in Tennessee. Joining them to create the new eight-member conference will be Berry College in Rome, Ga.

Usain Bolt is focusing on the world championships even as he prepares to run his first 200-meter race in 13 months at a Diamond League meet Thursday in Oslo, Norway. The world record-holder from Jamaica said Wednesday it will feel strange to run the 200 but, having recovered from last season's injuries he is confident of running a fast race at the Bislett Games.

"It's going to be weird, but it should be good," Bolt said. "I'm definitely going out there to run hard and see what I need to improve more."

The last word

Vancouver defenseman Kevin Bieksa, after the Canucks and Boston Bruins combined for nine misconducts and 118 penalty minutes in the last 20 minutes of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals:

"I know after the whistle, (the Bruins are) flexing their muscles and pointing out how big and bad they are, but before the whistle ... we know we're as good as any team in the league."

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