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High heart rate keeps Wooden in hospital

John Wooden will remain hospitalized in Los Angeles at least one more day because of an elevated heart rate, the former UCLA basketball coach’s daughter said Thursday.

The 96-year-old Hall of Famer claims his heart rate is up because he’s been in the hospital too long, Nan Muehlhausen said, “but the doctors just want to be sure everything is fine before they let him go home.”

Wooden was hospitalized Sunday when he started experiencing symptoms similar to those he experienced a year ago when he was hospitalized for diverticulitis, an inflammation of pockets in the colon.

Wooden coached the Bruins to 10 NCAA championships in a 12-year span before retiring in 1975 after 27 years at UCLA.

Also: Oregon State forward Marcel Jones plans to make himself available for the NBA Draft but will not hire an agent.

The 6-foot-8-inch junior will probably return for his senior year but would like to “test the waters and see what happens,” he said in a released statement.

Sophomore forward Wilson Chandler, who led DePaul in scoring and rebounding last season, said he intends to make himself eligible for the NBA Draft.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City hired former West Virginia assistant Matt Brown as its basketball coach.

Brown replaces Rich Zvosec, who was fired after going 12-20 last season.

The Dallas Mavericks signed 44-year-old center Kevin Willis for the rest of the season.


One Hot Wish breaks record for 4 1/2 furlongs

One Hot Wish broke the world record for 4 1/2 furlongs, winning a $50,000 race for 2-year-olds in 48.87 seconds at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky.

The 2-year-old filly, ridden by Rafael Bejarano, broke the mark of 49 seconds set by Motivo on Sept. 5, 2006, at Yavapai Downs in Arizona.

One Hot Wish beat Lantana Bob by 12 1/4 lengths and paid $4.60, $3.40 and $3.20.

Also: Aqueduct canceled its card after two races because of sloppy conditions caused by heavy overnight rain.

Jockeys refused to ride after completing the early double.


Ragan earns first pole for Busch Series race

David Ragan earned his first NASCAR Busch Series pole, edging Roush Racing teammate and series points leader Carl Edwards at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.

Ragan ran a lap of 191.063 mph on the 1 1/2-mile, high-banked Texas track, nearly 2 mph faster than Edwards, who qualified second for the O’Reilly 300 on Saturday.

The fifth of 44 drivers who tried to qualify, Edwards posted an early lap of 189.354 mph. That looked as if it would hold, with nobody getting any closer than Casey Mears at 187.872 mph until Ragan took the track 34th.

Edwards has dominated the Busch Series, winning twice and finishing in the top 10 all seven races. He has a 321-point lead over second-place Dave Blaney, who crashed during qualifying and will start 42nd in the 43-car field.

Also: The New Orleans Saints signed receiver David Patten to a one-year contract, hoping the 10-year veteran can rebound from two disappointing seasons with the Washington Redskins.

Patten caught 22 passes in nine games in 2005 before knee surgery ended his season. In 2006, he caught just one pass for 25 yards.

The Denver Broncos signed free-agent receiver David Terrell to a one-year contract.

Terrell played for the Broncos in 2005 but was out of the NFL last season after Denver released him Sept. 2.

He previously played for Chicago and New England.

Islanders starting goalie Rick DiPietro has been cleared for practice and could be ready to play Saturday in Game 2 of New York’s Eastern Conference first-round playoff series against Buffalo.

DiPietro has been out since March 25 when he sustained his second concussion.

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