Sports briefs 4-1-14: McDermott unanimous All-American


Doug McDermott spent his senior season passing a lot of big names on the career scoring list. He is now among some very select company.

The senior forward from Creighton was a unanimous choice for The Associated Press All-America team on Monday. He is the first three-time choice in 29 years and the 11th player overall.

McDermott was one of four seniors on this year's team, which included freshman Jabari Parker of Duke. The other seniors all came from the first-year American Athletic Conference: Russ Smith of Louisville, Shabazz Napier of Connecticut and Sean Kilpatrick of Cincinnati.

Nick Johnson of Arizona was the leading vote-getter on the second team and was joined by freshman Andrew Wiggins of Kansas, Nik Stauskas of Michigan, Melvin Ejim of Iowa State and T.J. Warren of North Carolina State.

Wichita State's Cleanthony Early, UCLA's Kyle Anderson, Kentucky's Julius Randle, C.J. Fair of Syracuse, and Scottie Wilbekin of Florida were named third-team.

• Basketball

Refs selected: The NCAA men's basketball committee approved 10 officials to work this weekend's Final Four games in Dallas.

The refs will be Pat Adams, Joe DeRosa, Verne Harris, John Higgins, Michael Roberts, Doug Shows, Doug Sirmons, Michael Stephens, Mike Stuart and Terry Wymer.

Three-man crews will be used for each of the semifinal games and next Monday night's national championship. One official will be on standby each game. The assignments will be announced Saturday morning.

BG women lose: Visiting Rutgers University took the lead for good with a 15-0 run early in the second half, and the Scarlet Knights held on for a 55-50 win over Bowling Green in a quarterfinal-round matchup in the Women's National Invitation Tournament. Rutgers (26-9) advances to face South Florida in the WNIT semifinals.

The Falcons finish at 30-5, the second-highest win total in school and Mid-American Conference history, trailing only the Falcons' 2006-07 team which went 31-4.

Irving cleared: Cavaliers All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving has been cleared to return to practice after missing eight games with a biceps injury.

He can resume full contact immediately, but the Cavs said his status for important games this week at Orlando and Atlanta has not been determined.

Cavs sign Hopson: The Cavaliers have signed free-agent swingman Scotty Hopson for the remainder of the season, a move that will give them flexibility in summer free agency.

Hopson's deal includes a non-guaranteed team option for next season.

Wiggins leaving KU: Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins made official what he's been telling folks all along: He's headed to the NBA after his only season with the Jayhawks.

The 6-foot-8 forward, who was voted second-team All-America earlier in the day, is expected to go in the top three picks in the June draft. Many believe he could go first overall.

Pistons stop skid: Greg Monroe had 28 points and 14 rebounds and the Detroit Pistons ended a three-game skid with a 116-111 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night.

• Baseball

Extension to Gomes: Catcher Yan Gomes and the Cleveland Indians have completed a $23 million, six-year contract after a breakout season last year.

Gomes' deal includes club options for 2020 and '21. He reached agreement on the new deal during the weekend and needed to pass a physical to finalize it.

Gomes hit .294 with 11 homers and 38 RBIs in 88 games last season, his first with the Indians.

Breaks leg: Los Angeles Angels hitting coach Don Baylor broke his right leg while catching Vladimir Guerrero's ceremonial first pitch Monday night.

Baylor will have surgery today on his right femur.

The injury cast a pall over opening day at Angel Stadium. Baylor, who joined the Angels' coaching staff in the offseason, had to be helped off the field after squatting to catch Guerrero's off-target throw.

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