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Sports briefs: Arizona running back Ka’Deem Carey turning pro
First Published Jan 13 2014 05:10 pm • Last Updated Mar 24 2014 11:33 pm

college football • Arizona All-America running back Ka’Deem Carey will forgo his final season of college eligibility and enter the NFL draft. Carey revealed his decision in an announcement issued by the university on Monday, two days ahead of the deadline to make the declaration.

The hard-hitting running back led the nation in rushing and was Pac-12 offensive player the year. Last season, despite missing the opener because of a suspension, he gained 1,885 yards, averaging 5.4 yards per carry. His average of 157.1 yards per game ranked second nationally.

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• LSU rushing leader Jeremy Hill is entering the draft and one of his blockers, offensive guard Trai Turner, is joining him. Hill, a sophomore, rushed for 1,401 yards and 16 touchdowns this season.

Japan’s HR champ arrested in Florida

baseball • A former major league baseball player who broke Japan’s single-season home run record last year has been arrested in Florida on domestic violence charges, police said Monday. Court records show Wladimir Balentien, 29, is facing a felony false imprisonment charge and a misdemeanor battery charge in a weekend confrontation at his wife’s Miami-area house. An attorney for Balentien’s wife, Karla, said Monday that the couple, married for about six years, is going through a divorce.

The Curacao-born Balentien is an outfielder with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows and hit 60 homers last year, breaking Sadaharu Oh’s longstanding record of 55. Balentien previously played for the Cincinnati Reds and Seattle Mariners.

UConn ends Baylor’s home win streak

women’s basketball • Breanna Stewart had 18 points and 11 rebounds as top-ranked Connecticut won 66-55 at No. 7 Baylor, ending the Lady Bears’ national-best 69-game home winning streak in Waco, Texas. In a matchup of the last two national champions, defending champ UConn (18-0) held on to win its closest game this season. The Huskies had beaten their first five ranked opponents by an average of 22 points.


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