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Angel Delgado’s return to Seton Hall makes Pirates Big East contender

Seton Hall got huge news on Monday when Angel Delgado announced that he would be returning to school for his senior season. “I am coming back to school for my senior year,” Delgado said in a statement on Monday. “It’s very important to my family and me that I finish what I started. This was a difficult decision that took time and patience. Coming back feels just right.” (NBC Sports)

Isaiah Thomas and a 'legendary' 2016-17 season

After the Boston Celtics announced that Isaiah Thomas would miss the remainder of the postseason after aggravating a right hip injury, team president of basketball operations Danny Ainge took to Twitter and dubbed Thomas’ 2016-17 campaign a “legendary season.” Reflecting on everything that has happened around Thomas since the start of the NBA’s calendar year in July, it truly has been fascinating. (

Decision day for NBA draft comes early because NCAA says so

While the NBA has a June 12 deadline for players to pull their names from draft consideration, those who wish to maintain their collegiate eligibility had until Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. to withdraw. With the passing of Wednesday's deadline, it makes it easier for all teams in the process to take stock of the landscape, even as the NCAA and NBA continue to orbit in their own universes. (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)

Hamidou Diallo withdrawing from draft, returning to Kentucky

It took plenty of time for the news to make its way public, but Wildcat freshman Hamidou Diallo will withdraw his name from the NBA Draft and return to Kentucky, according to multiple reports late Wednesday. Diallo’s situation was one of the more interesting in college basketball as he became an incredibly intriguing pro prospect despite being on a college roster and never playing. (NBC Sports)

Purdue All-American Caleb Swanigan remaining in NBA Draft

Purdue sophomore Caleb Swanigan will keep his name in the NBA draft, he announced Wednesday. Swanigan, a 6-foot-9 center, was a finalist for the Naismith Trophy after averaging 18.5 points and 12.5 rebounds in leading the Boilermakers to a 27-8 record and a Sweet 16 appearance. Had he returned to Purdue, Swanigan would have likely been the preseason favorite for National Player of the Year. (

Omer Yurtseven backs out of NBA Draft, will return to NC State

Omer Yurtseven announced Wednesday he would return for his sophomore season at NC State and remove his name from consideration for the 2017 NBA Draft. Yurtseven declared for the NBA Draft last month without hiring an agent. He attended the NBA Combine and worked out for teams before deciding to withdraw. Yurtseven appeared in 22 games, making 14 starts last season. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Charlotte to host 2019 NBA All-Star Game

The NBA and Charlotte have finalized a deal to bring the 2019 All-Star Weekend to the Queen City, the Observer has learned. The three-day event will be held on a Friday through Sunday, Feb. 15-17, climaxing in Sunday night’s All-Star Game. Most events, including the game and various skills competitions, will be held uptown at the Spectrum Center. (Charlotte Observer)

Thomas Welsh, Aaron Holiday returning to UCLA

UCLA sustained some major, though expected, attrition from its roster this spring. On Tuesday, the Bruins announced a pair of significant contributors that will be back. Thomas Welsh and Aaron Holiday will both return next season. Welsh, a 7-foot center, averaged 10.8 points and 8.7 rebounds last year for the Bruins. The 6-foot-1 Holiday averaged 12.3 points and 4.4 assists last season. (NBC Sports)

A path of life and death: Jake Wiley quit, then conquered, now aims for NBA Draft

Jake Wiley, 22, has gone through more life experience than some of the men who have coached him. The last third of his life has been dotted with death and birth, departures and arrivals, confusion and, eventually, personal clarity. He's lived in four states, went to three colleges, played three sports -- and it wasn't until all of two months ago that he even seriously considered the NBA. (CBS Sports)

Longhorns G Andrew Jones announces return to Texas for sophomore season

Within days of five-star power forward Mohamed Bamba penning his commitment to Shaka Smart and the Texas Longhorns, former McDonald’s All-American combo guard Andrew Jones announced he’ll withdraw from the NBA Draft and return to Austin for his sophomore season. (Burnt Orange Nation)

Pro Football Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy dead at 48

The football world has lost one of its greats. Cortez Kennedy has died, Orlando Police confirmed Tuesday. He was 48. Drafted third-overall in the 1990 draft out of Miami (Fla.), Kennedy was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012 after an 11-year career with the Seattle Seahawks in which the defensive tackle was named to the Pro Bowl eight times and earned five All-Pro selections. (

Deng Adel withdraws from NBA Draft and will return to Louisville

Deng Adel is withdrawing from the NBA Draft and returning to Louisville for his junior season, a source told CBS Sports on Tuesday. Adel averaged 12 points and 5 rebounds last season for a Louisville team that earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. His return means the Cardinals, coached by Rick Pitino, will have two of their top three scorers back from a 25-9 team. (CBS Sports)

Is the ACC baseball tournament really a 'multimillion-dollar gift' to Louisville?

The championship was moved to Louisville from Durham after the league pulled all its neutral-site championship events out of North Carolina in opposition to the state's controversial House Bill 2 – a "multimillion-dollar gift that the ACC is giving to Louisville," said Ken Ungar, president of Indianapolis-based sports marketing agency Charge. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

Video: Cubs’ Willson Contreras Plays Catch With Young Fan During Rain Delay

Forget about catching a foul ball. That’s nothing compared to what one young fan got to experience at Wrigley Field on Friday. During a prolonged rain delay, Cubs catcher Willson Contreras needed to stay warmed up. So, he threw a baseball back and forth several times with a youngster in the stands. (CBS Chicago)

Virginia Tech dismisses baseball coach Pat Mason after four seasons

Pat Mason inherited a Virginia Tech baseball program fresh off five consecutive winning seasons, a stretch highlighted by two NCAA tournament appearances. Unable to sustain that success, he was fired Sunday. The Hokies were 90-126-1 in Mason’s four years, 37-82 in the rugged ACC. (Daily Press)

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