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Published Apr. 24, 2017



The father of former Florida State standout WR Travis Rudolph was killed when authorities say a gun accidentally went off while he was working in a storage room at a club.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said Monday that Darryl Rudolph, 55, was doing repairs Friday morning at Sugar Daddy's Adult Cabaret in West Palm Beach when a gunshot came from an adjacent room while a co-worker was moving a gun off a shelf. The bullet hit Rudolph in the upper back, near the neck area. He later died after being transported to an area hospital.

Travis Rudolph, a standout at West Palm Beach Cardinal Newman High before starring at FSU, led the Seminoles in receiving the past two seasons. He is forgoing his senior year to enter this week's NFL draft. The receiver made headlines last year in Tallahassee when he ate lunch with an autistic middle school student who was sitting alone. The two have remained in contact. A photo of the pair was shared online and the story went viral.

Basketball: North Carolina juniors Joel Berry and Theo Pinson will join freshman Tony Bradley in declaring for the NBA draft, though they won't hire agents, the school said. Junior Justin Jackson previously announced he would enter the draft and hire an agent. … Rutgers will dedicate its court at the College Ave Gym on Saturday to former Scarlet Knights co-captain and school Hall of Famer Jim Valvano. The dedication at what's affectionately referred to as "The Barn" will take place on the school's annual Rutgers Day. The late Valvano played point guard and led the 1966-67 team to a third-place finish in the NIT, then was an assistant the next three seasons.


Tennis: Serena Williams is briefly back at No. 1 in the WTA rankings despite not playing since January — and with plans to take the rest of 2017 off because of her pregnancy. Thanks to a calendar quirk, Williams moved up one spot from No. 2, swapping places with Angelique Kerber, who can reclaim No. 1 by winning two matches this week at the Porsche Grand Prix.

Soccer: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 35, is certain his career will not end due to a serious knee injury that has cut short a stellar first season with Manchester United. The club has not put a time frame on his recovery.

Horses: Jockeys Javier Castellano, Victor Espinoza and Garrett Gomez and thoroughbred Goldikova, the only three-time Breeders' Cup Mile winner, have been elected to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame. Espinosa won the Triple Crown in 2015 aboard American Pharoah.

Times wires