National briefs: Leslie to stay at State
RALEIGH ó North Carolina State forward C.J. Leslie isnít entering the NBA draft this year.
Team spokeswoman Annabelle Myers said Monday that Leslie opted not to file paperwork to enter the draft early. The deadline for underclassmen to enter the draft was 11:59 p.m. Sunday.
The 6-foot-8 Leslie averaged 11 points and a team-best 7.2 rebounds as a freshman last season for the Wolfpack, who finished 15-16 in coach Sidney Loweís final year.
Leslie was a McDonaldís All-American in 2010 who was considered a possible one-and-done player coming out of high school.
DEERFIELD, Ill. ó Good news for Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose: An MRI has come back negative on his sprained left ankle.
The team confirmed the news Monday.
Rose had a walking boot on his left foot Sunday but the All-Star point guard is expected to play against Indiana in Game 5 on Tuesday night in Chicago.
The Bulls lead the first-round playoff series 3-1. Rose sprained his left ankle late in the first quarter of Saturdayís 89-84 loss to the Pacers.
NEW ORLEANS ó Authorities say Los Angeles Lakers forward Derrick Caracter was arrested in New Orleans, accused of public drunkenness and shoving a pregnant cashier at a pancake restaurant.
Police said the 22-year-old player was arrested early Sunday and booked into jail on charges of battery, public drunkenness and resisting arrest. They say Caracter allegedly grabbed and shoved the cashier at an International House of Pancakes after he was refused service and became belligerent. The woman wasnít injured.
Authorities say Caracter was freed later Sunday morning on $1,000 bond werenít immediately returned. It wasnít clear if Caracter had a lawyer, and a call by The Associated Press to the Lakersí organization wasnít immediately returned.
OMAHA, Neb. ó Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne is hoping Bo Peliniís new five-year contract wards off teams that might want to hire the Cornhuskersí head coach.
Peliniís deal gives him an immediate $425,000 raise, to $2.775 million, and will pay him more than $3 million a year starting in 2014.
ěWe feel like heís done a good job, and weíd like to retain him here and we want to send that signal,î Osborne said Monday. ěIn a relatively short time heís gotten things moving in the right direction.î
Pelini is 29-12 in three seasons at Nebraska, with two straight appearances in the Big 12 championship game. The Huskers move to the Big Ten this season.
His salary this year will rank third in the Big Ten, behind Ohio Stateís Jim Tressel ($3.8 million) and Iowaís Kirk Ferentz ($3.7 million).