Stanford's Nelson transfers to BYU
BYU head football coach Bronco Mendenhall today announced the signing of wide receiver Keanu Nelson from Stanford University. Nelson has signed a scholarship agreement with the Cougars and will join the team this summer for the 2014 season. After graduating from Stanford this spring with a bachelor's degree in Science, Technology & Society, he will have one year of eligibility to play for BYU.
"We look forward to having Keanu join our program," Mendenhall said. "He is a talented athlete and his high football IQ should serve him well during his transition while preparing to contribute to our team this season."
The 5-foot-11, 184-pound senior saw action in five games with the Cardinal as a receiver and punt returner. A native of Tucson, Ariz., Nelson was the fourth-best high school recruit from the state of Arizona where he tallied 61 catches, 1,135 receiving yards and eight touchdowns as a senior. Over his prep career, he totaled 2,065 rushing yards and 31 rushing touchdowns to go with 994 career punt return yards. An all-state receiver, Nelson was twice named first-team all-region on offense and defense at Sabino High School, the same school as former BYU defensive back Quinn Gooch.
• Cougar men second at Cowboy Classic: At Scottsdale, Ariz., the BYU men's golf team is just one shot out of the lead after two rounds of the Wyoming Cowboys Classic after Monday's action. Oklahoma is on top with rounds of 275-285--560. BYU and Colorado are tied at 561, both with rounds of 282-279. Utah is fourth at 562 and Gonzaga fifth at 565.
The Cougars' Joe Parkinson is tied for fifth after founds of 69-68--137. Gonzaga's Sean Walsh leads the medalist race at 133. For BYU, Cole Ogden is tied for ninth (71-67--138), with Jordan Hammer at 139 and Jordan Rodgers at 148.
• BYU eighth, UVU 20th at Cowgirls Classic: At Maricopa, Ariz., the BYU women's golf team is tied for eighth and the UVU women are 20th after two rounds of the Wyoming Cowgirls Classic on Monday. New Mexico State leads the team race at 593, with Boise State at 598. BYU shot 308-304 to finish at 612, and UVU shot 316-335 for a 651.
For BYU, Alex White is tied for 13th after a 73-77 for a 150. Other BYU scores were Lea Garner 152, Selu Fotu 154 and Annie Young 156.
Brooke Whittaker topped the Wolverines with a 74-81 for a 155, good for a tie for 41st. Other UVU scores were Heather Mathison 164, Monica Yeates 166 and Hannah Herman 168. The final round is today.
• Broderick honored: BYU freshman catcher Sydney Broderick came through in the clutch when the Cougars needed it and earns WCC Softball Player of the Week honors for the second straight week. Broderick recorded a walk-off bunt single on Tuesday against Utah State and then tallied the go-ahead three-run home run in the top of the seventh in the series finale at San Diego. She finished the week with a .500 batting average, two doubles, two home runs and six RBI.
• Women's soccer hosts three exhibitions: BYU women's soccer will conclude its spring schedule of exhibitions with three home matches this week. Admission is free to all three matches.
The Cougars will scrimmage a team made up of BYU alumni today at 6 p.m. on South Field. On Saturday, BYU plays its final two exhibitions against Utah State at noon and Utah at 4 p.m. on South Field.
BYU is 6-0-1 after coming away from Las Vegas with a win and a draw on Saturday. BYU has defeated USC, Arizona State, Weber State, Southern Utah, Westminster and Dixie State and tied UNLV.
Johnson to lead search for NBPA head
NEW YORK -- Sacramento Mayor and former NBA All-Star Kevin Johnson will lead a search committee to select a new executive director for the NBA Players Association. The union has been seeking a replacement for Billy Hunter since ousting him in February 2013.
The NBPA said Monday it expects to have one in place by the start of next season.
"Mayor Johnson is in a unique position as a former player and someone skilled in the politics of negotiations to lead this effort. We all witnessed his Herculean efforts to save his hometown Sacramento Kings from relocating, and I'm confident he'll bring the same leadership to our search for a new executive director," union president Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers said in a statement.
Johnson will work with Paul and acting executive director Ron Klempner to keep players and agents aware of the process.
Hunter was removed shortly after an independent review of the union was critical of a number of his business decisions and hiring practices. The search to replace him has dragged on, and executive committee members said after their meeting during February's All-Star break that they had no timetable and no urgency to make a hire.
They are hoping Johnson can help.
"I believe the NBPA can set the standard for player representation in all professional sports," Johnson said. "I thank President Chris Paul and the entire executive committee for the opportunity. Over the next few weeks I will be meeting with all of the player representatives and moving aggressively to build on the work that's been done."
Working with the executive search firm Reilly Partners, players said they began with a list of more than 200 candidates.
The union also said Atlanta's Kyle Korver has been appointed to fill the vacancy on the executive committee and will serve as a vice president.
• Bulls sign Brewer for rest of season: The Chicago Bulls have signed free agent swingman Ronnie Brewer for the rest of this season.
The team announced the move Monday. The 6-foot-7 Brewer is in his eighth year in the NBA. Earlier this season, he appeared in 23 games with the Houston Rockets, averaging 6.9 minutes per game. He has played in 501 regular-season games in his career, averaging 7.9 points.