Sports Briefs 4-2-14

MIKE FITZPATRICK AP Sports Writer Published:

NEW YORK -- Markus Kennedy had 21 points, including the clinching three-point play, and SMU rallied from 13 down in the second half to beat Clemson 65-59 Tuesday night, sending Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown into the NIT championship game in his old backyard.

Meanwhile, substitute center Maurice Walker made six free throws in overtime and Minnesota held off Florida State 67-64 in Tuesday's other semifinal.

Nic Moore added 13 points and Nick Russell scored 10 for the Mustangs (27-9). Brown, the only head coach to win both an NCAA and NBA championship, now has a chance to add the National Invitation Tournament to his extensive resume.

Austin Hollins and DeAndre Mathieu scored 17 points apiece for the Golden Gophers (24-13), who overcame Devon Bookert's tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation. They will play Thursday night against fellow top seed SMU in a title game that certainly features a New York flavor on the sidelines.

• Basketball

Irving practices: Cavaliers All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving practiced with his teammates for the first time in two weeks after being sidelined with a biceps injury.

Irving was able to take some contact during Tuesday's workout, his first since straining a biceps tendon on March 16 against the Los Angeles Lakers. Irving, who missed eight games with the injury, does not know if he'll play tonight at Orlando.

Harris to draft?: Michigan State coach Tom Izzo might advise Gary Harris to enter the NBA draft.

Izzo told reporters on Tuesday if his research leads him to believe Harris would be among the top guards selected in June, he would lean toward telling the sophomore to go pro.

• Football

Redskins sign Jackson: The Washington Redskins made their biggest move yet of the offseason Tuesday night, adding three-time Pro Bowl receiver DeSean Jackson less than a week days after the dynamic playmaker was released by the rival Philadelphia Eagles.

Kelly to start chemo: The doctor treating Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly for cancer says Kelly will start chemotherapy and radiation next week.

The treatment plan was outlined Tuesday by Dr. Peter Costantino of Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

Charles charged: Police in central Kentucky have charged Cincinnati Bengals fullback Orson Charles with wanton endangerment.

Charles was arrested late Monday in Madison County, Ky., and booked into the jail. He was not listed among the jail's inmates Tuesday morning.

Investigators have not released any details about what led to the arrest.

Heisman lawsuit settled: Former college football star Desmond Howard will get the copyright to a famous photo of him in a Heisman Trophy pose after scoring a touchdown against Ohio State in 1991. Masck still is expected to benefit from commercial use of the photo, which was taken when Howard played for Michigan.

• Elsewhere

Jackets fall short: Gabriel Landeskog scored twice, including a power-play goal at 4:27 of overtime to help Colorado extend their winning streak to four with a 3-2 OT win over the Blue Jackets on Tuesday in Columbus.

Cam Atkinson and Comeau scored in the second period for Columbus, which is hanging on to the second wild-card spot and eighth playoff seed in the Eastern Conference.

Woods to miss Masters: Tiger Woods chose surgery to heal his ailing back over a quest for another green jacket, announcing Tuesday that he will miss the Masters for the first time in his career.

Woods said on his website that he had surgery Monday in Utah for a pinched nerve that had been hurting him for several months, knowing the surgery would keep him from Augusta National next week for the first time since he was a senior in high school.

The No. 1 player in the world is a four-time Masters champion.

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