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PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The Rutgers women's basketball team blasted radio host Don Imus on Tuesday for "racist and sexist remarks that are deplorable, despicable and abominable" and agreed to meet with the embattled radio host. Starting Monday, Imus will be suspended for two weeks for calling the players "nappy-headed hos." Rutgers players, who had not spoken publicly until Tuesday, called his comments insensitive and hurtful - but reserved judgment on whether he should be fired until after they meet him. Calls for Imus' dismissal have been growing since he made the remarks about the team - which includes eight black women - a day after the team lost the national championship game to Tennessee on April 3. Several Rutgers players said they wanted to ask the host why he would make such thoughtless statements. "We all agreed the meeting with Mr. Imus will help," said Essence Carson, a junior. "We do hope to get something accomplished during this meeting." Tennessee coach Pat Summitt came to the defense of close friend and Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer and her players against Imus' comments. Summitt released a statement through the university. "The inappropriate comments directed toward the student-athletes of Rutgers University were very disappointing," Summitt said. "Their head coach, C. Vivian Stringer, and I have been friends for a number of years, and I have tremendous respect for her and the great young women in her program. These student-athletes deserve a lot of credit for what they have accomplished, and it saddens me that they were treated with such disrespect." She added: "The University of Tennessee women's basketball program commends Rutgers' handling of this situation. It is emblematic of the outstanding caliber of student-athletes and coaches in women's collegiate basketball."

Durant, Afflalo opt for NBA draft

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Texas freshman phenom Kevin Durant and UCLA junior Arron Afflalo announced Tuesday their intention to enter the NBA draft. Durant, 18, The Associated Press Player of the Year, is likely to be one of the draft's first two picks - along with Ohio State's Greg Oden, who has not said if he'll leave college. Durant had 20 double-doubles and scored at least 30 points a Big 12-record 11 times. He averaged 25.8 points and 11.1 rebounds. Afflalo, 21, averaged 16.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists and led the Bruins to consecutive Final Fours. Meanwhile, underclassmen Tyler Hansbrough and Ty Lawson said they will return to North Carolina next season. Players have until April 29 to declare for the June 28 draft.

Aggies, Bonnies get new coaches

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Mark Turgeon was introduced as Texas A&M's men's basketball coach Tuesday, five days after Billy Gillispie left for Kentucky, while Mark Schmidt was hired as St. Bonaventure's coach. Turgeon comes to Texas A&M from Wichita State. He was 128-90 in seven seasons at the school. Schmidt replaces Anthony Solomon, who was fired last month after going 24-88 in four seasons. Schmidt spent the past six seasons at Robert Morris. Also Tuesday, Michigan hired Kevin Borseth to coach its women's basketball program. Borseth, who coached at Wisconsin-Green Bay, replaces Cheryl Burnett. She retired last month.

Titans caravan rolls into JC on April 24

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JOHNSON CITY - The Allstate "Good Hands" Titans Caravan will pass through Johnson City on April 24. The caravan - which provides Titans fans an opportunity to meet players in person - will be at Embarq, 1914 N. Roan Street, Johnson City, from 3:30-4:45 p.m.

ETSU golf teams struggle in tourneys

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The East Tennessee State women's golf team was unable to make a move on the leaders during second-round play at the Atlantic Sun Conference Championships on Tuesday at Keith Hills Country Club in Buies Creek, N.C. The Lady Bucs are fourth at 621, with Lucy Gould tied for seventh on the leaderboard at 153. The ETSU men, meanwhile, are tied for ninth at the U.S. Collegiate Championships in Alpharetta, Ga., with a 605 after only four players managed an even-par score. Rhys Davies is currently tied for 12th at 5-over 149.

Moon arrested for investigation of DUI

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KIRKLAND, Wash. - Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon was arrested for investigation of drunken driving after a trooper stopped him for allegedly speeding. The former Seattle Seahawks quarterback was arrested early Friday, taken to the Kirkland Police Department and later released.

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