Arizona's Derrick Williams will make himself eligible for the 2011 NBA draft, and the 6-foot-8 sophomore forward also intends to sign with an agent.
Williams, the 2011 Pac-10 Player of the Year, averaged 19.5 points and 8.3 rebounds per game last season.
"After careful consideration and with the support of my family and Coach (Sean) Miller, I've decided to declare for the 2011 NBA draft," said Williams, who's considered a high lottery pick.
Homer Smith, who began a 39-year football coaching career as an assistant at Stanford in 1958, died in Tuscaloosa, Ala. He was 79. Smith coached at Army from 1974-78, going 21-33-1. He was also head coach at Pacific. He was an assistant at several schools, including Air Force, Alabama, Arizona and three stints as offensive coordinator at UCLA. Smith grew up in Omaha, Neb., and played at Princeton.
The Big 12 and Fox Sports announced a 13-year cable TV deal. Sports Business Journal said the contract, which starts with the 2012 football season, will pay the conference $90 million a year. The Big 12 also has a deal with ABC-ESPN running through 2015-16 that would raise the conference's total TV revenue to $130 million annually. "... Miami hired Wisconsin deputy athletic director Shawn Eichorst, 44, as its A.D. Eichorst also worked at South Carolina and his alma mater Wisconsin-White Water.
For the first time since federally mediated talks broke down March 11 in Washington, representatives from the league and NFL Players Association will begin another round of mediation Thursday in St. Paul, Minn. Both sides were ordered to resume the mediation process by federal judge Susan Nelson, who held a hearing last week in which she heard arguments on a motion for a preliminary injunction to lift the lockout. The mediator -- U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan -- was assigned to the case by Nelson. But mediation is non-binding.
Rafael Nadal began his bid for a seventh straight Monte Carlo Masters title with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Jarkko Nieminen.
Host Toronto FC (1-1-3) held David Beckham and Los Angeles (2-1-3) to a 0-0 draw. "... Fabian Espindola scored in the 93rd minute, and Real Salt Lake (4-0) posted a 1-0 win over visiting Colorado (3-2). Nick Rimando earned his 76th MLS shutout.
Cristiano Ronaldo's goal in the 50th minute gave Real Madrid a 1-0 win at Tottenham and into the Champions League semifinals. Real had a 5-0 aggregate and plays Barcelona on April 27 and May 3. Schalke ousted defending champion Inter Milan with a 2-1 win. Schalke had a 7-3 aggregate and plays Manchester United on April 26 and May 4.
Bay Area News Group, The Associated Press and McClatchy News Services contributed to this report.