Oklahoma forward Blake Griffin will give up his final two years of eligibility and head to the NBA after a sophomore season that ended with his being recognized as college basketball's top player. Griffin announced his decision Tuesday, saying it was time to take his game to the next level. Griffin, who helped the Sooners win 30 games for only the fifth time, led the nation with 30 double doubles and 14.4 rebounds while also averaging a Big 12-best 22.7 points.
More NBA draft: : Kentucky junior guard Jodie Meeks (23.7 points this season) will submit his name for the draft but will not hire an agent. ... South Carolina junior guard Devan Downey (19.8 points) is making himself eligible for the draft without hiring an agent. ... Arizona junior forward Chase Budinger (18 points) said he is hiring an agent and will make himself available for the draft.
Loyola: : Junior guard Brett Harvey finished first in Division I in free-throw percentage. Harvey shot 91.0 percent (142-for-156).
Et cetera: : Oklahoma's Courtney Paris had promised she would repay the university for all four years of her scholarship if the Sooners didn't win their first national title, but athletic director Joe Castiglione told the Associated Press he doesn't plan to hold her to it. ... Michael Jordan's youngest son will play at Central Florida next season. Marcus Jordan is a 6-foot-3, 180-pound senior guard at Chicago Whitney Young.
Caps beat Atlanta, strengthen position
Tomas Fleischmann had a goal and an assist, and the Washington Capitals beat the host Atlanta Thrashers, 4-2, to strengthen their hold on second place in the Eastern Conference. Sergei Fedorov, Viktor Kozlov and Alexander Semin also scored for Washington. Simeon Varlamov stopped 29 shots for Washington, which moved four points ahead of New Jersey. Rich Peverley and Marty Reasoner scored for Atlanta.
Agents say Raji didn't fail drug test
The agents representing one of the NFL draft's top prospects, defensive tackle B.J. Raji, strongly disputed a report that the former Boston College player failed a drug test at the scouting combine in February. In an e-mail sent to the AP on Tuesday, Brian Murphy and Mark Humenik referred to the reports as "cowardly" and "malicious," noting their client has not been notified by the NFL of any failed test.
Ravens: : USA Football, the sport's national governing body on the youth and amateur levels, and the Ravens will conduct a full-day youth football coaching school April 18 at Calvert Hall. Coaches will gain insight and instruction from Ravens quarterbacks coach Hue Jackson and top local prep coaches. Cost is $45 and includes lunch. Register at usafootball.com.
Et cetera: : Michael Vick will head back to the federal penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kan., after a judge rejected an effort to keep the suspended quarterback in Virginia to work on a new bankruptcy plan. ... Bills defensive tackle Marcus Stroud signed a two-year extension through 2012 potentially worth $16.5 million, agent Drew Rosenhaus told the AP. ... Defensive tackle Tank Johnson agreed to a contract with the Bengals.
Armstrong denies trying to evade test
Lance Armstrong, hoping to win an eighth Tour de France title in July, said in a statement he did not try to evade a March 17 test in which blood, urine and hair samples were collected and were ultimately found to be drug free. France's anti-doping agency sent a report on Armstrong's behavior during the test to cycling's governing body and the World Anti-Doping Agency. At question is a 20-minute delay when Armstrong says the tester agreed to let him shower while his assistants checked the tester's credentials.
Horse racing: : The Maryland Jockey Club and the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association reached agreements with three account-wagering companies for 2009. At the Maryland Racing Commission meeting in March, the horsemen's group had complained that one of the companies, YouBet, owed money to the local tracks and purses, and that agreements had not been reached with XpressBet and TwinSpires as well as YouBet for the current year. Alan Foreman, an attorney for the horsemen's association, said all outstanding accounts - amounting to about $600,000 - had been satisfied. BILL ORDINE ... The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has given its OK to a request by Churchill Downs to run under the lights three nights this summer.
Baseball: : Beer and alcohol sales were banned at the Detroit Tigers-Toronto Blue Jays game Tuesday night, a day after their season opener was delayed when unruly fans littered the field with baseballs and debris.
College football: : Konstantinos Kosmakos (Dulaney), a four-year starter on Towson's offensive line from 2002 to 2005, was named the Tigers' defensive assistant coach.
Men's lacrosse: : Richie Ford scored five goals as No. 1 Stevenson (12-0, 6-0 Capital Athletic Conference) won, 13-3, over visiting Marymount (5-7, 1-5). ... Dennis Rosson had two goals and four assists to lead visiting St. Mary's (6-5, 4-2 CAC) to a 17-2 win over Hood (1-12, 0-6).
Women's lacrosse: : Salisbury (13-1, 6-0 CAC) scored 20 goals for the third straight game in a 20-2 win over host Wesley College (6-8, 0-6 CAC). ... Erin Rawlick scored a game-high five goals, including the 100th of her career, and host Navy (9-3) cruised to a 16-8 win over Saint Mary's, Calif. (2-9). ... Jenny Lucey and Marlo Tersigni each scored twice for Goucher (4-6, 0-2 Landmark Conference) in its 18-7 loss to visiting Catholic (11-2, 3-0). ... St. Mary's (10-4, 5-1 CAC) rebounded from back-to-back losses with a 19-6 win over visiting Marymount (5-6, 2-4). ... Kristen Clarke and Ashleigh Johnson scored twice as the College of Notre Dame (2-9, 2-4 Colonial States Athletic Conference) fell, 18-5, to visiting Neumann (5-8, 4-2). ... Lindsey McDonald scored a career-high five goals to lead McDaniel (7-5, 3-3 Centennial Conference) to a 20-11 victory over host Washington College (5-6, 0-5 ).