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SportShorts for Tuesday, April 16, 2019

NFL

Bears add depth
to defense

The reigning NFC North champion Bears further solidified their edge rusher depth for 2019 with Roy Robertson-Harris and
Isaiah Irving officially signing their exclusive 1-year free agent tenders.

Robertson-Harris, an underrated cog on last year’s top-rated defense, brings unique size and positional versatility back to the fold, and could position himself for a big 2020 payday in Chicago or elsewhere.

Irving, 24, has turned heads in his first two NFL preseasons, piling up five sacks, which trails only Robertson-Harris’ 5.5 over that span.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Gonzaga star declares for NBA draft

Gonzaga star forward Rui Hachimura has declared for the NBA draft.

The 6-foot-8 native of Japan led Gonzaga in scoring this season with 19.7 points per game while shooting 59% from the field. He was also named the West Coast Conference player of the year.

During 3 years at Gonzaga, Hachimura was part of three trips to the Sweet 16, two Elite Eights, and an appearance in the national championship game.

Pair of Terrapins declaring for draft

Maryland sophomore forward Bruno Fernando and junior guard Anthony Cowan Jr. intend to declare for early entry into the 2019 NBA draft.

Coach Mark Turgeon says both players intend to sign with agents who will work with the Maryland coaching staff throughout the process before deciding whether to return to the school.

Under newly adopted NCAA rules, college players are allowed to retain the services of an agent during the evaluation process. If players choose to return to school, they must end the relationship with the agent and they will not lose any eligibility.

NBA

Durant sorry for
Game 1 ejection

For Kevin Durant, the interview table quickly became a confessional booth.

The Warriors star sought forgiveness for getting ejected with 4:41 left in the team’s Game 1 win over the Los Angeles Clippers of their first-round matchup on Saturday after collecting two technicals with Patrick Beverely within a 19-second span.

“I don’t want to disappoint my coaches, my fan base and owners who expect me to be out on the floor,” Durant said following morning shootaround on Monday. “I apologize for getting thrown out of the game.”

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