San Diego State star Leonard
to hire agent, enter NBA Draft
San Diego State sophomore forward Kawhi Leonard said Thursday he plans to hire an agent and enter the NBA Draft.
Leonard led the Aztecs to their best season ever, when they finished 34-3 and reached the NCAA round of 16 for the first time. They lost to eventual national champion Connecticut in the West Region semifinals.
Coach Steve Fisher said he met with Leonard and his family and gave them as much information as possible. Fisher said Leonard “is going to be an exceptional NBA player.”
Leonard led San Diego State in scoring (15.5 points a game) and rebounding (10.6). He has been projected to go in the middle of the first round.
Also: Kansas freshman guard Josh Selby is declaring for the NBA Draft.
The 6-foot-3-inch Selby was rated the nation’s overall No. 1 prospect when Jayhawks coach Bill Self signed him last year. The NCAA suspended Selby for the first nine games of the season for amateurism violations, and he missed several more because of a foot injury.
Selby tweeted that he will miss Allen Fieldhouse but was looking forward to “a new journey.”
Keenan, Rebels surge into lead
in women’s MWC golf tourney
The UNLV women’s golf team grabbed the first-round lead of the Mountain West Conference Championship with a record-setting performance in Phoenix.
Led by leader Ellis Keenan, who fired a career-best 4-under-par 68, the Rebels shot the lowest first-round score in championship history with a 2-under 286 to lead second-place Texas Christian by three strokes.
Keenan’s round ties the lowest first-round score in championship history. The sophomore has a two-stroke lead over two golfers, including teammate Therese Koelbaek.
Also: Tanner Peters allowed three hits and struck out 11 to lead the UNLV baseball team to a 7-2 victory over Brigham Young in Mountain West Conference play at Wilson Stadium.
Peters (6-2) pitched his fourth complete game of the season. Trent Cook went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and scored twice for the Rebels (23-13, 3-16 MWC).
The UNLV softball team (20-15, 2-2 MWC) suffered a 14-0, five-inning setback to Brigham Young (23-14, 1-0) in Mountain West Conference action at Eller Media Stadium.
The Rebels managed only three hits. Amanda Oliveto (17-7) took the loss in the run-rule game.
Bishop Gorman, Moapa Valley
to play in Sollenberger Classic
Bishop Gorman and Moapa Valley have been selected to participate in the Sollenberger Classic football games Aug. 20 in Flagstaff, Ariz.
Gorman, the two-time defending Class 4A state champion, will face Arizona Class 5A Division II champion Chaparral. The Gaels dropped a 24-17 decision to Hamilton (Ariz.) in last year’s classic.
Moapa Valley, the runner-up in Class 3A last season, will meet Arizona Class 3A champion Show Low.
Also: Six-time defending champion Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer coasted into the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Masters with straight-set victories in Monaco.
Nadal, a five-time French Open champion, beat Richard Gasquet 6-2, 6-4 to chalk up his 34th straight win at the clay-court tournament.
Federer gained a 6-4, 6-3 victory over 15th-seeded Marin Cilic.
Alexander Noren shot an 8-under-par 64 to take a two-stroke lead in the weather-shortened first day of the Malaysian Open at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Masters champion Charl Schwartzel (73) struggled after arriving in the country Wednesday.
“I didn’t sleep very well,” Schwartzel said. “I’m struggling to focus. The golf swing is tight … The body isn’t responding right now, but it will come.”
David Beckham’s latest yellow card has resulted in an automatic one-game suspension for the Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder.
Beckham received the booking for a reckless tackle during the first half of Wednesday’s scoreless draw against Toronto FC. Beckham must sit out Sunday’s match against the Chicago Fire.
Four Indianapolis 500 winners will try to qualify for this year’s race.
Past winners trying to make this year’s traditional 33-car field are three-time winner Helio Castroneves, two-time winner and defending champ Dario Franchitti and former series points champs Scott Dixon and Dan Wheldon.
The 83-car list is the highest total since 2002.
Police say former Chicago Bears quarterback Bobby Douglass faces trespass and criminal damage charges after an incident with an ex-girlfriend at her Waukegan, Ill., home. Douglass, 63, was with the Bears from 1969 to 1975.
The Minnesota Lynx signed Maya Moore, the first pick in this year’s WNBA Draft.