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SportShorts for Friday, April 18, 2014

Published: Friday, April 18, 2014 12:41 a.m. CDT

NBA

Rose’s jersey still among most popular

Derrick Rose has missed most of the last two NBA seasons, but his absence from the court due to injuries apparently hasn’t done much to diminish the Bulls star’s popularity.

According to NBA.com, Rose ranks fourth on the league’s list of most popular jerseys (based on overall sales on NBAStore.com since the start of the 2013-14 season). No other Bulls player made the top 15.

The Heat’s LeBron James topped the list for the sixth time. The Thunder’s Kevin Durant moved up two spots to second, the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (despite his injuries) was third and the Warriors’ Stephen Curry was fifth.

In terms of best-selling team merchandise, the Bulls ranked third, trailing only the two-time defending champion Heat and the Lakers.

FOOTBALL

Ochocinco heads to Canada

Former NFL star Chad Johnson will make his return to the gridiron in the Canadian Football League.

The veteran receiver signed a 2-year deal with the Montreal Alouettes on Thursday after impressing team officials at a minicamp in Vero Beach, Fla. He last appeared in an NFL game during the 2011 season with New England.

Johnson, who once changed his last name to Ochocinco, spent most of his 11 NFL seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. In 166 career games, the six-time Pro Bowler caught 766 passes for 11,059 yards and 67 touchdowns.

He was in training camp in 2012 with the Miami Dolphins – his hometown team – but his contract was terminated 1 day after he was charged with misdemeanor domestic battery.

BASKETBALL

Tarkanian check-up turns up clear

Former UNLV coach and Hall of Famer Jerry Tarkanian is expected to leave a Las Vegas hospital soon after doctors performed a diagnostic procedure and determined no immediate surgical treatment was needed.

Tarkanian’s son-in-law, Zafi Diamant, said the 83-year-old Tarkanian underwent a catheterization procedure Thursday. Diamant says no issues called for immediate attention, although other cardiologists are expected to review the findings from the procedure.

Diamant says he’s hopeful that Tarkanian might be released as early as Friday.

Tarkanian was hospitalized last week after complaining of weakness, lethargy and labored breathing. Doctors determined he had a heart attack.

PREP FOOTBALL

Detroit teen back in school after assault

The Detroit schools have readmitted a high school football star accused of body-slamming a school guard to the ground.

Cass Technical High School quarterback Jayru Campbell is charged with assault. Prosecutors say the 17-year-old junior slammed the guard to the ground in January after refusing to follow school policy and pull a hood off his head.

The confrontation was recorded on video.

The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press report the Detroit Public Schools announced Thursday that Campbell, who has said he’ll play football at Michigan State in 2015, has been readmitted to Cass Tech.

NASCAR

Swan struggling to find sponsors

Swan Racing is reviewing its ability to compete in NASCAR because of difficulty securing corporate sponsorship for the two-car operation.

Swan Racing owner Brandon Davis, the CEO of independent oil and gas company Swan Energy, bought the organization in late 2012. Cole Whitt drives the No. 26 Toyota Camry and Parker Kligerman drives the No. 30 Toyota Camry for Swan in the Sprint Cup series.

Davis had been transforming the organization he purchased in late 2012. A former start-and-park team, he set a goal of racing in every event. Then he pumped the organization with needed cash when he signed former NFL linebacker Bill Romanowski as an investor and rapper 50 Cent used his SMS Audio line to partner with the team.

But unable to keep funding the cars out of his own pocket, Davis may have to shut down the team. That leaves the two rookie drivers with few options at this point of the season. Whitt (33rd in the standings) and Kligerman (38th) have struggled to produce any meaningful results on the track or finish races.

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