Melo entering NBA draft

Posted: April 06, 2012

SYRACUSE CENTER Fab Melo is entering the NBA draft after a breakout season in which he twice got held out because of eligibility issues.

The 7-foot sophomore from Brazil made the announcement Thursday. He averaged 7.8 points and 5.8 rebounds for Syracuse (34-3) this past season. He led the Big East in blocks per game and was named the conference's defensive player of the year.

Melo missed three games in late January due to an academic issue, was reinstated, and just before the start of the NCAA Tournament was ruled ineligible again and did not play another game.

In other college news:

* North Carolina's James Michael McAdoo said he'll return to school for his sophomore season instead of entering the NBA draft. McAdoo averaged about six points and four rebounds this season.

* A police report said Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino had a female passenger with him on a weekend motorcycle ride that ended with an accident that sent him to a hospital. The report was released by state police. It says Petrino was with former Arkansas volleyball player and current Razorback Foundation fundraiser Jessica Dorrell. Petrino, who is married with four children, didn't mention he had a passenger during a news conference on Tuesday, 2 days after Sunday's accident.

* Three more TCU football players have been charged with felony marijuana delivery after a 6-month sting. Defensive tackle D.J. Yendrey, linebacker Tanner Brock and offensive tackle Ty Horn are among 14 people charged in the TCU drug investigation, bringing the total number charged to 23.

Aaron Schmit scored two goals, Kyle Bonis had the tiebreaking tally in the third period and Ferris State beat Union, 3-1, to advance to the NCAA Frozen Four championship game on Saturday. Ferris will play Boston College, which defeated Minnesota, 6-1.

Philly File * 

La Salle forward Devon White (Strawberry Mansion) will graduate in May and will not us his final season of eligibility with the Explorers, coach John Giannini said. White averaged 5.8 points and 4.7 rebounds this season for the 21-13 Explorers.

* Temple will host the ECAC men's gymnastics championships on Friday (team competition at 6 p.m.) and Saturday (individual competition at 2 p.m.) at McGonigle Hall. The 10th-ranked Owls will be joined by Army, Navy, Illinois-Chicago, Springfield and William & Mary.

Sport Stops * 

NHRA Pro Stock racer Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins, one of drag racing's most influential stars, has died. He was 81.

Venus Williams kept up with sister Serena by winning a third-round match at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, S.C., moving one step closer to an all-Williams semifinal. Venus Williams defeated Anastasia Rodionova, 7-5, 6-2. Serena Williams also advanced to the quarterfinals, ousting Marina Erakovic, 6-2, 6-2.

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