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UNDATED (AP) — Michigan's hiring of Juwan Howard continues a recent trend of college programs hiring former NBA players. Howard had no previous college coaching experience before being named John Beilein's replacement.

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Maverick Handley has struck quite the impressive balance as a Stanford junior playing baseball and pursuing a future in medicine. Even his teammates and coaches don't know how he does it, using every hour in the day to make himself better. He's planning to get drafted next week and to first pursue a professional career, then one day go to medical school.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Aaliyah Jordan hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning to help UCLA beat Minnesota 7-2 at the Women's College World Series. Jordan's blast gave Rachel Garcia the support she needed. Garcia, the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, pitched a complete game for the second-seeded Bruins. UCLA will play Pac-12 rival Arizona on Friday for a spot in the semifinals.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The NCAA baseball tournament opens Friday with play at 16 regional sites. The regional winners advance to super regionals next week and the final eight go to the College World Series beginning June 15. Central Michigan has won 18 straight games and is the hottest team entering the tournament. No. 1 national seed UCLA has won 10 in a row. The last top seed to win the championship was Miami in 1999.

UNDATED (AP) — Ohio State and Louisville are among the teams to benefit most from players opting to withdraw from the NBA draft. Tennessee and Auburn took some of the biggest hits.

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