COLLEGE BASKETBALL

UCLA All-America Love plans to leave for NBA

UCLA's Kevin Love is NBA-bound.

Less than two weeks after leading the Bruins to the Final Four, the All-America freshman announced Thursday that he'll skip his final three college seasons and enter the NBA draft.

"I feel like I'm in the right spot to take my game to the next level," Love said. "Since I was 5 years old this has been a dream of mine."

Love made his announcement at a news conference while sitting between his father, former NBA player Stan Love, and UCLA coach Ben Howland.

The 6-10 Love said he did not immediately plan to hire an agent, which would allow him to keep playing for UCLA if he changes his plan before the draft.

Love led the Bruins in scoring (17.5 points) and rebounds (10.6) on the way to a 35-victory season and a trip to national semifinals, where UCLA lost to Memphis.

Love's teammate, sophomore guard Russell Westbrook, also said he's headed to the NBA, as had been expected.

Kansas loses Rush, Arthur

Kansas stars Brandon Rush and Darrell Arthur declared themselves eligible for the NBA draft, less than two weeks after leading the Jayhawks to their second national title in 20 years.

Rush was set to enter the NBA draft a year ago but injured his knee during a pickup game and withdrew his name. The 6-6 junior guard averaged a team-best 13.3 points this season.

Arthur, a 6-9 sophomore, has not signed with an agent, meaning he can return to Kansas.

• Louisville sophomore forward Earl Clark will return to the Cardinals next season rather than enter the NBA draft. Clark averaged 11.1 points and a team-high 8.1 rebounds for the Cardinals.

• Nikki Caldwell, who assisted Pat Summit at Tennessee the past six seasons, was hired to coach the UCLA women's basketball team. She succeeds Kathy Olivier, who resigned last month after 15 years.

FIGURE SKATING

Belbin and Agosto are changing coaches

Olympic silver medalists Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto, the most successful American ice dance team in history, have ended their 10-year figure skating career in Michigan after splitting with their longtime coaches, Igor Shpilband and Marina Zoueva.

The five-time U.S. champions -- who represented the Arctic Figure Skating Club in Canton, Mich., for four years and the Detroit Skating Club before that -- will relocate next week to Aston, Pa., to begin training with Natalya Linichuk at Ice Works Skating Club, the figure skaters told the Detroit Free Press.

SWIMMING

Michigan coach to leave

Bob Bowman will step down as head coach of Michigan's men's swimming team following the Beijing Olympics to become chief executive of the North Baltimore Aquatic Club.

Bowman, who has coached Michael Phelps since the swimming superstar was 11, ended his fourth season as Michigan's head coach in March. Bowman guided the Wolverines to the 2008 Big Ten Conference title and a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships.

AROUND THE HORN

College football: Ex-West Virginia football coach Rich Rodriguez said he would find a job at Michigan for a WVU athletic fundraiser being investigated over an alleged racist remark, according to a sworn affidavit obtained by the Associated Press. Larry Aschebrook confronted Rodriguez and former assistant coach Calvin Magee after being informed of a WVU investigation into Magee's accusation. Aschebrook has denied making any such remark.

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