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Philadelphia to cheer NCAA champs with parade; Duval leaving Duke

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia is getting the chance to celebrate yet another sports championship with a parade, this time for Villanova University’s Wildcats.

Thursday’s parade is taking the winners of the men’s basketball tournament along a downtown thoroughfare before ending at City Hall for a rally.

Villanova’s suburban campus is closed and all classes are canceled so anyone who works at or attends the Roman Catholic university can take part.

The Wildcats’ romp through the NCAA Tournament ended Monday with a 79-62 victory over Michigan.

It’s their second national title in three seasons.

It’s been an unusually busy parade season for Philadelphia sports fans. About two months ago, the Eagles thrilled fans with a parade to fete their first-ever Super Bowl victory.

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DUKE FRESHMAN DUVAL ENTERS NBA DRAFT, PLANS TO HIRE AGENT

DURHAM (AP) — Duke freshman Trevon Duval is entering the NBA draft.

Duval announced his decision through the school Wednesday, and team spokesman Mike DeGeorge said the point guard plans to hire an agent.

Duval is the 14th Duke freshman to declare for the draft, and the second this offseason. Teammate Marvin Bagley III said last week that he was turning pro and is projected to be a high lottery pick.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement that Duval “showed unbelievable improvement” as the season progressed and that “we know that great things will happen for Trevon.”

Duval’s 207 assists were the fourth most by a Duke freshman, and he had four games with at least 10 assists. He also averaged 10.3 points.

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NEWMAN TO LEAVE KANSAS, ENTER NBA DRAFT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Malik Newman plans to leave Kansas and enter the NBA draft after leading the Jayhawks to the Final Four in his only season playing for them.

The sophomore guard says Wednesday he plans to sign with an agent.

Newman sat out the 2016-17 season after transferring from Mississippi State and started 33 of 39 games this season, earning Big 12 Newcomer of the Year honors. He was at his best in the postseason, averaging 24 points in the Big 12 Tournament and 21.6 in the NCAA Tournament, including a career-high 32 points in the overtime victory over Duke in the Midwest Region final.

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EAST CAROLINA BRINGS BACK DOOLEY AS ITS MEN’S HOOPS COACH

GREENVILLE (AP) — East Carolina has hired Joe Dooley of Florida Gulf Coast as its new head men’s basketball coach.

The school announced Dooley’s hiring Wednesday, saying he agreed to a five-year contract.

It’s Dooley’s second stint as the Pirates’ head coach. He went 57-52 in four seasons from 1995-99 before he was replaced by Bill Herrion.

Dooley took over for Andy Enfield as the Eagles’ coach in 2013 and went 114-58 with three Atlantic Sun regular-season championships and NCAA Tournament berths in 2016 and ‘17.

Jeff Lebo stepped down six games into his eighth season at ECU. Interim coach Michael Perry finished the year and the Pirates went 10-20 for their fourth straight losing season.

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