Swanigan leaving Boilermakers...NBA returns All-Star game to Charlotte...Bridgewater improving
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Big Ten player of the year Caleb Swanigan has decided to stay in this year’s NBA draft. Swanigan averaged 18.5 points and was second in the nation with 12.5 rebounds for Purdue last season. The sophomore becomes the first Boilermaker to leave school early for the NBA draft since Glenn Robinson was taken No. 1 overall in 1994.
UNDATED (AP) — Gonzaga forward Johnathan Williams has decided to return to school for his senior season after previously submitting his name for the NBA draft without hiring an agent. Maryland forward Justin Jackson will be back for his sophomore season after considering a move to the NBA. Moe Wagner is returning to Michigan, while Wolverines teammate D.J. Wilson is staying in the NBA draft.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The NBA says Charlotte will host the 2019 NBA All-Star game, two years after the city had been scheduled to handle the contest. The league moved this year’s game to New Orleans from Charlotte because of North Carolina’s initial law restricting the rights of LGBT people. That law has since been modified.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has reached the point in rehabilitation where he’s able to drop back to pass on his surgically repaired left knee. But general manager Rick Spielman says Bridgewater has not been cleared for full practice. That’s predictable, less than nine months after the dislocation, torn ACL and other damage occurred to his knee during a non-contact drill.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Robert Yates will be one of the five newest members of NASCAR’s Hall of Fame next January. Yates was a NASCAR Cup champion as both an engine builder and owner. He was voted in along with three-time NASCAR Cup championship crew chief Ray Evernham, drivers Red Byron and Ron Hornaday Jr. and broadcaster Ken Squier.