Kentucky suddenly has a lot of spots to fill. Seven players announced Thursday that they'll enter the NBA draft.
Seven-footer Willie Cauley-Stein, twin guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison and freshman forwards Karl-Anthony Towns and Trey Lyles all said they will turn pro. Also entering are 7-0 reserve center Dakari Johnson and backup shooting guard Devin Booker, completing an exodus by the Wildcats' top seven scorers.
The 6-11 Towns could be the first player chosen overall on June 25, and Cauley-Stein and Lyles also are considered possible lottery selections. Booker is a potential first-rounder, and the rest are projected to go in the second round.
"It was a tough decision for all of us, but we wanted to chase our dreams," Aaron Harrison said.
Arizona State reveals Hurley as new coach
•Bobby Hurley was introduced as the new Arizona State coach. He leaves Buffalo, where he coached the team to the Mid-American Conference title and NCAA tournament this season.
•As expected, Duke freshman All-America forward Jahlil Okafor said he would enter the NBA draft. Teammate Tyus Jones, a guard who played at Apple Valley High School, did not reveal a decision.
•North Carolina forward J.P. Tokoto said he will enter the NBA draft. He averaged 6.7 points and 4.4 rebounds during his three-year career with the Tar Heels.
Parker to skip part of season
Los Angeles Sparks star Candace Parker, a two-time WNBA MVP, will sit out at least the beginning of the upcoming season to rest.
"It was Candace's decision, and she felt she needed to get her body 100 percent healthy," Sparks General Manager Penny Toler said.
Parker, like many WNBA players, also plays overseas, essentially creating a year-round commitment to basketball. Phoenix Mercury star Diana Taurasi said in February she would miss the entire 2015 season and would be paid by her Russian club to rest. Parker is on the same Russian team but is not getting paid.
Steelers' Polamalu to retire
Troy Polamalu's iconic football career is over. The eight-time Pro Bowl safety will retire rather than return for a 13th season.
"Maybe it was a sign for me to retire when I chase my kids around and couldn't catch them," Polamalu told the Uniontown Herald-Standard. "It was either a sign for me to retire or a sign for them to begin training."
Polamalu, 34, was asked by the Steelers in February to retire.
Steelers' Bell to be suspended
•Pittsburgh running back Le'Veon Bell faces a three-game suspension following his arrest on DWI and marijuana charges last August. The suspension was revealed Thursday. Bell set a team record with 2,115 yards from scrimmage last season.
•Cleveland signed free-agent tight end Rob Housler, who spent the past four seasons with Arizona. He is expected to be the Browns' top pass-catching tight end.
•Charlotte signed free-agent cornerback Charles Tillman to a one-year contract. Tillman spent his previous 12 seasons with the Chicago Bears.
AROUND THE HORN
Obituary: Longtime Philadelphia Daily News columnist Stan Hochman died in Philadelphia after a brief illness. He was 86.
College football: Sophomore quarterback Luke Del Rio has decided to leave Oregon State. Del Rio, son of Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio, was a backup last season but was expected to be Oregon State's top option to start this season.