Sports briefs 4-10-13: Indiana star Oladipo leaving for NBA

MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer Published:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana junior Victor Oladipo is heading to the NBA. Cody Zeller could be next.

Oladipo made his announcement official Tuesday at a news conference inside Assembly Hall. He is the Hoosiers' first underclassmen to leave school early since Eric Gordon and D.J. White departed after the 2007-08 season. Zeller's announcement is expected later this week, possibly today.

Losing Oladipo was no surprise to those inside the Indiana program who watched the 6-foot-5 guard mature from talented freshmen into a refined star. NBA scouts have been so impressed with Oladipo's progression that many mock drafts now project him to be taken among the top six picks.

• Basketball

McLemore to NBA: The hardest decision of Ben McLemore's life turned out to be no question at all.

Kansas coach Bill Self made sure of it.

The talented guard announced Tuesday that he will enter the NBA draft after perhaps the most successful season by a freshman in the school's proud basketball history.

Smith leaving: Junior guard Russ Smith will leave Louisville early to enter the NBA draft, according to his father.

Russ Smith Sr. said the Cardinals' leading scorer "did it all" during a college career that culminated with Louisville's 82-76 victory over Michigan on Monday night for the NCAA championship. That title, two Big East crowns and an all-conference first-team selection this season completes a resume he said made it easy for his son to move on.

Pacers top Cavs: George Hill scored 27 points and David West added 15 to help Indiana rally from a 20-point deficit for a win over Cleveland.

Kyrie Irving scored 29 points and Indiana native Tyler Zeller had 18 before fouling out midway through the fourth quarter for Cleveland, which allowed the Pacers to break off a 25-4 run in the fourth for a 93-92 lead.

• Baseball

Indians make moves: The Indians didn't take long to dip deep into their catching reserves. They had no choice.

Cleveland placed backup catcher Lou Marson on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a neck strain sustained in a home-plate collision in Tampa.

The move came one day after starter Carlos Santana bruised his left hand when he got crossed up catching a pitch from closer Chris Perez in the ninth inning of the home opener.

Weaver to DL: Los Angeles Angels right-hander Jered Weaver will be out for at least a month after the ace broke a bone in his left elbow, casting a pall over the team's home opener Tuesday before it even began.

The Angels put Weaver on the 15-day disabled list, and the durable 20-game winner's non-throwing arm was in a blue sling while his teammates took batting practice before their Angel Stadium opener against Oakland.

Training program: Major League Baseball will launch a training program in Puerto Rico aimed at talented teenagers who cannot afford specialized academies, an effort to spark player development in the U.S. territory..

Officials will hold tryouts this month in the capital of San Juan and select 50 players ages 14-18 to participate in an intensive after-school program, MLB senior vice president for baseball operations Kim Ng said Tuesday.

Mott not cleared: St. Louis Cardinals closer Jason Motte faces reconstructive elbow surgery if his condition doesn't improve in the next three weeks or so.

Motte, who had a career-high 42 saves last season, has been shut down since late March because of a strained right elbow. He wasn't cleared to throw after a second MRI exam Tuesday didn't show sufficient improvement and revealed a tear.

• Elsewhere

Jackets win: Sergei Bobrovsky earned his fourth NHL shutout -- all in his last 15 games -- and newcomer Marian Gaborik had a goal and an assist, leading Columbus over San Jose, 4-0.

Matt Calvert, James Wisniewski and Ryan Johansen also scored for the Blue Jackets, who had lost their previous two games.

Akers to Lions: The Detroit Lions have officially signed kicker David Akers.

The 38-year-old Akers was released last month by the San Francisco 49ers after he followed up a record-breaking season with shaky results. The four-time All-Pro and six-time Pro Bowl kicker made just 29 of 44 field goals last year after setting single-season league records with 44 field goals made and 52 attempted in 2011.

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