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Sports briefs: May 2

UK Sports

Men's tennis an at-large pick,will host first, second rounds

The sixth-ranked University of Kentucky men's tennis team, which won the Southeastern Conference regular-season title with an undefeated record in league play, has received an at-large selection into the NCAA Tennis Tournament, the NCAA announced Tuesday.

Kentucky (26-5) was selected as one of 16 host sites for the event, marking the fourth consecutive season the Wildcats will host the first and second rounds of the tournament. UK, which is the top seed in the Lexington Regional and the sixth overall seed in the tournament, will be joined in Lexington by No. 27 Indiana (21-8), No. 37 Louisville (18-9) and No. 75 Radford (20-5).

First-round action at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex will begin on Friday, May 11, while the winners from Friday will meet in the second round May 12.

The Wildcats are making their 23rd showing in the NCAA Tournament, including 18 of the last 19 years.

&149; Potential 2013 basketball recruit Troy Williams was supposed to announce his decision between Kentucky and North Carolina Tuesday but decided to delay.

Williams tweeted: "Postponed the decision for a while, gonna set up a new date later on this week. Didn't feel right waking up this morning."


Devils even up series vs. Flyers

Adam Larsson and David Clarkson scored their first goals of the post-season, and the New Jersey Devils posted a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night, evening this Eastern Conference semifinals series at 1-1.

Larsson and Clarkson scored consecutive goals in the third period to rally the Devils past the Flyers and make up for the absence of Ilya Kovalchuk. The Devils played without their regular-season leading scorer because of a lower body injury.

Travis Zajac added a late goal to make it 3-1, and Bryce Salvador scored a late empty-netter for the Devils.

Game 3 is Thursday in New Jersey.

Matt Read scored 2:53 into the game to give the Flyers hope they could jump to the commanding series lead. Instead, the offense went into a funk and goalie Ilya Bryzgalov couldn't protect the lead.

 The Nashville Predators have suspended forwards Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn for Game 3 on Wednesday night against the Phoenix Coyotes for violating team rules. The Predators announced the suspensions Tuesday morning and did not specify which rules the forwards broke.


Norwegian world champ Dale Oen dies

The Norwegian swimming federation says world champion Alexander Dale Oen has died during a training camp in Flagstaff, Ariz. He was 26.

Federation President Per Rune Eknes said Tuesday that Dale Oen died after suffering a cardiac arrest.

The federation said in a statement that the 100-meter breast stroke world champion was found collapsed on the floor of his bathroom on Monday. He was taken to the Flagstaff Medical Center.

Dale Oen won the 100 breast stroke at the worlds in Shanghai last July and took silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He was one of Norway's top medal hopes for the London Games.


Bills look at free agent Vince Young

Free-agent quarterback Vince Young is traveling to Buffalo to work out with the Bills.

The Buffalo News first reported on its Web site Tuesday that Young is scheduled to work out Wednesday. The Bills have since announced the visit on their Web site.

Young has had an up-and-down career since being selected third overall by Tennessee in the 2006 NFL Draft.

After five years with the Titans, he struggled in his one season with Philadelphia. As a backup, he finished with four touchdowns, nine interceptions and was sacked eight times in six games, including three starts.

 Minnesota Vikings running back Caleb King has been released from jail with no charges filed after his arrest in an alleged beating outside a birthday party last weekend.

Anoka County prosecutors' spokesman David Cossi said King was released Tuesday and the case remains under investigation.

Sheriff's officials say King was accused of punching a 22-year-old man and throwing him headfirst to the ground early Saturday. Authorities say King denied assaulting the man and told detectives the man fell to the ground when King was talking to him.


British doctors protest list of sponsors

McDonald's is a sponsor for the London Olympics — and a British doctors' group says that's sending the wrong message in a country with ballooning obesity.

Big Macs, fries and milkshakes will be part of McDonald's exclusively branded menu at the Olympics and the fast-food giant will soon be opening its largest franchise in the world, a two-story cathedral-like restaurant that seats 1,500 customers, at London's Olympic Park.

Alongside McDonald's, Coca-Cola has the exclusive right to sell non-alcoholic drinks at Olympic venues. Heineken has been named the games' official beer.

"It's very sad that an event that celebrates the very best of athletic achievements should be sponsored by companies contributing to the obesity problem and unhealthy habits," said Terence Stephenson, a spokesman for the Academy of Royal Medical Colleges. The group is calling upon the British government to restrict advertising by McDonald's, Coca-Cola and Heineken during the Olympic Games, which are being held in London from July 27 to Aug.12.

 USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo says the Americans probably will add "one or two players" to their Olympic roster pool after a series of injuries.

The U.S. announced 20 finalists in January, but has since lost at least four candidates. Starting center Dwight Howard had back surgery and point guard Derrick Rose tore a knee ligament, following previous injuries to Chauncey Billups and LaMarcus Aldridge.

Colangelo also told reporters at a news conference Tuesday in Las Vegas that the Americans wouldn't choose their final 12-man team for London "until the very last moment." The deadline is June 18.

College basketball

WKU hires veteran Cunningham

Phil Cunningham, a 20-year veteran of the collegiate coaching ranks and a native Kentuckian, will join the Western Kentucky men's basketball coaching staff as an assistant in 2012-13, Hilltoppers head coach Ray Harper announced Tuesday. Cunningham arrives on the Hill after spending 12 seasons as an assistant coach at Mississippi State.

The last word

At 30, Dwyane Wade is entering a period where basketball is more about knowledge than athletic ability. The Miami Heat star is in the process of refining his game so he is better prepared for the latter stages of his career. It's more post-ups and mid-range jumpers these days. Said Wade:

"It was all driving to the paint and doing all those things like Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook. I look back at that and I smile. I remember those days. Now, you've got to take it a little slower, a different pace. That's why I've been in the post more."