Former Dukes star works out for Thunder
Aaron Jackson, Duquesne's leading scorer last season, was among 12 players to work out for the Oklahoma City Thunder in advance of the NBA Draft.
He joined Texas' A.J. Abrams, Oklahoma State's Terrel Harris, Marquette's Jerel McNeal, Miami's Jack McClinton, Texas A&M's Josh Carter, Southern Cal's Daniel Hackett, Central Florida's Jermaine Taylor, LSU's Garrett Temple, N.C. State's Courtney Fells and Joe Ingles from Australia.
• Louisville insists there's no truth to a Yahoo! Sports report that said Cardinals coach Rick Pitino had inquired about the Sacramento Kings' vacant coaching job.
• Patrick Patterson, a 6-foot-9 forward who averaged 17.9 points and 9.3 rebounds per game last season, has removed his name from the NBA Draft and is returning to Kentucky for his junior season.
• ESPN, citing unnamed sources, reported Friday that X-rays of retired quarterback Brett Favre's injured right shoulder were sent to the Minnesota Vikings for evaluation. The network said Favre will play for Minnesota if it's determined he doesn't need major surgery. If he does, according to the source, he'll stay retired.
• The St. Louis Rams released veteran linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa, the team's leading tackler last season.
• Konstantin Gorovikov scored a power-play goal with less than two minutes to play, lifting Russia to a 3-2 win over the United States in the World Hockey Championships semifinals. Russia will face Canada in Sunday's final.
• The U.S. Olympic Committee has withdrawn from three agreements designed to keep its headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., though the federation still is negotiating in hopes of seeing the projects completed.
• Ana Ivanovic has withdrawn from the Madrid Open because of a knee injury, yet expects to be fit in time to defend her French Open title.
• David Nalbandian of Argentina will have surgery next week on his right hip and be sidelined for three to four months.
• Top-ranked Dinara Safina rallied to beat Venus Williams, 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-4, and set up an all-Russian final with Svetlana Kuznetsova at the Italian Open.
• Top seed Novak Djokovic extended his dominance of the inaugural Serbia Open by beating fellow countryman Viktor Troicki, 6-3, 6-2, to reach the semifinals.
• Tomas Berdych rallied past Lleyton Hewitt, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4), to reach the semifinals of the BMW Open.
• Troy Murphy had 24 kills to lead Southern Cal over defending national champion Penn State, 3-1, in the NCAA men's volleyball semifinals late Thursday night, ending the Nittany Lions' run of 11 consecutive wins.
Off the field
• Attorneys for Jayson Williams say they'll seek to have the former NBA star's convictions for covering up a fatal shooting thrown out on grounds of racial bias.
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