Timberwolves’ Cunningham arrested
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Dante Cunningham was arrested early Thursday on suspicion of domestic assault.
“We are aware of the matter involving Dante Cunningham and are in the process of gathering more information,” the Timberwolves said in a statement Thursday. “Dante will not be traveling with the team to Miami this afternoon. The Minnesota Timberwolves organization takes the matter very seriously and does not condone the type of behavior that is associated with this situation. However, we need to let the legal process run its course, and will have further comment at the appropriate time.”
Cunningham, 26, was taken to Hennepin County jail shortly after 6 a.m. and held without bail pending charges.
A third-year pro from Villanova, Cunningham played Wednesday in Minnesota’s home game. He is averaging 6.0 points per game.
McDermott, Marshall win national honors
Creighton’s Doug McDermott and Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall, were named the national player and coach of the year on Thursday by the Associated Press.
McDermott, the nation’s leading scorer at 26.9 points per game, has reaped a bounty of postseason awards since the end of the regular season and after the Bluejays were ousted from the NCAA Tournament with a loss to Baylor in the Round of 32.
Marshall led Wichita State to a 35-0 record (the first team in NCAA history to win its first 35 games) before the Shockers, the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, were knocked out by Kentucky in the third round.
Wichita State ended the regular season with a No. 2 national ranking and won the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season and postseason championships.
BC names Ohio’s Christian as new coach
Boston College filled its head coaching vacancy for its men’s basketball team on Thursday by hiring Ohio University’s Jim Christian.
Christian takes over for Steve Donahue, who was fired after four years.
In two seasons at Ohio, Christian guided the Bobcats to a 49-22 record (a .690 winning percentage) and a 25-9 regular-season record in Mid-American Conference play. His previous head-coaching jobs include Kent State and TCU.
Boston College finished 8-24 this past season under Donahue, who was making $900,000 per year.
UNC’s McAdoo to enter NBA Draft
North Carolina junior forward James Michael McAdoo will forego his senior year in college and enter the 2014 NBA Draft, the school announced Thursday.
The 6-foot-8 McAdoo averaged 14.2 points and 6.8 rebounds this season in leading North Carolina to a 24-10 record, a tie for third place in the ACC regular-season standings and the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
According to ESPN.com, McAdoo is considered a late first-round pick who could slide into the early part of the second round.
“I just feel I am ready to play at the next level and excited about that challenge,” McAdoo said in a statement released by the school.
The Norfolk, Va., native scored 1,232 points and pulled down 640 rebounds in 108 games as a Tar Heel.
Canadiens’ Murray suspended 3 games
Montreal Canadiens defenseman Douglas Murray has been suspended for three games without pay for an illegal check to the head of Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Michael Kostka, the league announced Thursday.
The incident occurred at 17:47 of the third period on Tuesday night. Murray was assessed a match penalty for illegal check to the head.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Murray will forfeit $23,076.93. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.