Monday, January 22, 2018
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Pot positive Wolverine turns to NBA

Michigan sophomore Mitch McGary is entering the NBA draft, saying he had little choice after testing positive for marijuana during an NCAA Tournament he couldn't play in because of an injured back and because he was facing a one-year ban.

"I am ready to move on to the next stage in my life and enter the NBA draft," the 6-foot-10 McGary said in a statement released by the school Friday. "Being a part of a program that values integrity, it is important to let everyone know of a poor decision I recently made. I tested positive for marijuana during the NCAA Tournament. We were notified of that result after the Final Four. I regret thoroughly disappointing my family, coaches and administration."

McGary was terrific in the 2013 tournament as a freshman, helping Michigan reach the national title game, where it lost to Louisville. He considered jumping to the NBA then but instead came back and was a preseason All-American. But McGary played only eight games this season. He was bothered from the start by a back problem and eventually had surgery. He was shut down shortly after a Dec. 14 matchup with Arizona.

McGary is old for his class, turning 22 in June, but his injury made his decision a difficult one — until the flunked drug test. "I feel I'm ready, but this pushed it overboard," he told Yahoo Sports.

Uconn: The national champs are losing one junior star, while another he is staying. Forward DeAndre Daniels has filed the necessary paperwork with the NBA and will forgo his senior season. The school said guard Ryan Boatright will return.

Kentucky: Twin freshman guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison will return for a second season. Both had been mentioned as possible NBA first-round draft picks after leading the team's march through the NCAA Tournament. Aaron's clutch 3-pointers that beat Michigan and Wisconsin and put the Wildcats in the final were set up by feeds from point guard Andrew. "Last year's run was special, but we still have unfinished business," Aaron said. Added Andrew: "I'm returning for my sophomore season because I want to win a national title."

union vote: Scholarship football players at Northwestern voted on whether to certify the first union in college sports. The election was ordered by a National Labor Relations Board official last month when he ruled that Northwestern's scholarship football players were employees, meaning they, like other workers, had the right to form a union and they could be entitled to workers' compensation benefits, unemployment insurance and some portion of the revenue generated by college sports. Northwestern officials oppose the formation of a union, and many of them, from the president to football coach Pat Fitzgerald, have urged the players to vote no. The NLRB announced that it would review last month's decision by a regional NLRB official, which means that Friday's votes will be impounded and probably not counted for months.

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