A person familiar with the situation says Darren Sproles has been informed that the Saints will release him if they are unable to trade him before free agency begins. New Orleans' decision to part with Sproles is the latest in a series of cost-cutting moves, including Friday's release of receiver Lance Moore. The moves give the Saints more flexibility under the NFL's salary cap as they try to sign free agent tight end Jimmy Graham to an extension. Before the Moore move was announced, Moore all but confirmed it with a note on Twitter, writing, ''Thank you New Orleans for an amazing nine years.
Matt Kuchar played out of the rough to tap-in range for birdie on the 18th hole for a 2-over 74 that allowed him to join an exclusive group at the Cadillac Championship - one of only four survivors to par. Patrick Reed made only two birdies in his round of 75. Hunter Mahan atoned for a triple bogey with a 4-iron into 5 feet for eagle on the eighth hole, giving him a 74.
No. 2 Wichita State is still perfect. The top-seeded Shockers stayed unbeaten with an 80-58 romp over Evansville in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley tournament Friday. ''I love how this team goes about their business, their approach and how resolute they are,'' coach Gregg Marshall said. ''Fantastic to see what they're doing,'' Evansville guard D.J. Balentine said after scoring 31 points.
This could be it for Jabari Parker at Duke. His final game at Cameron Indoor Stadium could come Saturday night when No. 4 Duke hosts rival North Carolina - if the freshman phenom jumps to the NBA after the season, as most outsiders always assumed he would do. ''A deciding factor is where I'm going to grow the most, whether it's in the NBA or even in college, the learning experiences that I need as far as (growing as) a basketball player.'' The Wooden Award finalist has been the most consistent player for Duke (23-7, 12-5 Atlantic Coast Conference). He could become the first Duke freshman to lead the team in scoring and rebounds.
Matt Cassel was one day away from hitting the free agent market and fielding offers from other suitors. Then the Minnesota Vikings swooped in at the last minute. The Vikings agreed to terms with Cassel on Friday on a deal that will keep him in Minnesota, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The move helps solidify the Vikings' shaky quarterback situation.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are bringing back quarterback Chad Henne - and making him the starter. Henne's deal includes $4.5 million guaranteed in the first year and comes four days before the beginning of free agency and one day before Henne could have started negotiating with other teams. Coach Gus Bradley made it clear on a conference call that the plan is for Henne to be the starter, even if the general manager Dave Caldwell selects a quarterback with the No. 3 pick in the May draft. ''If we did go that route, where we did bring in a quarterback at No. 3, we'd like to create an environment where that quarterback could come in and just put all of his focus on preparation and learning without the distractions that come with it.
Suspended South Carolina coach Frank Martin apologized to fans for his harsh words aimed at Gamecocks point guard Duane Notice in the loss to No. 1 Florida this week. ''I can't do anything other than apologize,'' Martin said Friday in a press conference to address the suspension. He already apologized to Notice and is not travelling with the team to its regular-season finale at Mississippi State on Saturday. Martin will resume his duties before the Gamecocks play in the Southeastern Conference tournament next week.
Harvard became the first team to reach the NCAA tournament, and the Crimson did it on rival Yale's court. ''You couldn't ask for much better,'' said senior guard Brandyn Curry, who had 14 points in in the 70-58 win over the Bulldogs on Friday night that secured the outright Ivy League championship. ''It means a lot to come back after everything and win here, in this place.'' Curry was on this same floor three years ago, when Harvard lost to Princeton on a buzzer-beater in a conference playoff game. That was the last time someone other than Harvard represented the Ivy League in the NCAA tournament.
A UC Santa Barbara fan who went on court and confronted Hawaii coach Gib Arnold during a game has been arrested. UCSB athletic department spokesman Bill Mahoney said Friday the man was arrested after the incident in the first half of Thursday night's game. Gauchos basketball coach Bob Williams apologized to Arnold for the incident in which the fan confronted Arnold while the coach was arguing a call that went against Hawaii.
Kansas City Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar will have Tommy John surgery that will sideline the pitcher for the season. Hochevar felt a twinge in his elbow on the next-to-last pitch of a scoreless two-inning outing Monday against the Chicago White Sox. An MRI on Tuesday revealed a major tear of the ulnar collateral ligament. ''What I didn't want to hear,'' Hochevar said Friday.