College Basketball: Despite missing the last few games of the season, Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel was voted the SEC freshman and defensive player of the year by the league’s coaches today. Noel was also named to the All SEC first team and all defensive team. Teammate Kyle Wiltjer won the 6th man award, with Willie Cauley-Stein, Archie Goodwin and Alex Poythress named to the All Freshman team.
LSU’s Anthony Hickey was named to the All Defensive team, with Tennessee’s Jordan McRae named to the All SEC first team, with Jarnell Stokes named to the All SEC second team. Florida’s Billy Donovan was named Coach of the Year, while Georgia’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was named Player of the Year.
Three more NCAA tournament berths are on the line tonight as Long Island meets Mount St. Mary’s in the Northeast Conference tournament final, Valparaiso meets Wright State in the Horizon League final and South Dakota State meets North Dakota State in the final of the Summit League tournament.
The Big East tournament is also beginning this evening in New York with South Florida meeting Seton Hall and DePaul meeting Rutgers.
NFL: Fox Sports reports Tennessee Titans offensive lineman Steve Hutchinson is set to announce his retirement today. Hutchinson played 12 years in the NFL, including last season with the Titans. Hutchinson was drafted in 2001 by the Seattle Seahawks, spending five seasons there before playing six seasons with the Minnesota Vikings.
MLB: Manny Ramirez will continue his baseball career in Taiwan. The former World Series MVP has signed a contract to play with the EDA Rhinos in the Taiwanese League.
The 40 year old Ramirez was twice suspended by Major League Baseball for
violating the drug policy.
Ramirez, a 12-time All-Star, applied for reinstatement last winter and signed a minor league deal with Oakland, but was required to serve a 50-game suspension. He played 17 games for Oakland's Triple-A affiliate in Sacramento, then asked for his release in June.