Tennessee hires ex-Texas coach Barnes

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) When he gave his farewell press conference after an unwanted exit from Texas, Rick Barnes predicted he'd be coaching again "quicker than you probably think."

It turns out Barnes already had a pretty good idea where he'd end up.

Barnes had begun talking to Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart about the Volunteers' coaching vacancy Saturday, the day before his departure from Texas was announced. His move from one shade of orange to another became official Tuesday when Barnes was introduced as Tennessee's new men's basketball coach.

Woods plays practice round at Augusta

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Tiger Woods played a practice round Tuesday at Augusta National, a strong indication that the four-time champion could make his return at the Masters.

Mark Steinberg, his agent at Excel Sports Management, confirmed in an email to The Associated Press that Woods played 18 holes. (MORE)

Man who sued Hernandez set to testify

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) The judge in the murder trial of ex-football player Aaron Hernandez has briefly closed the courtroom to privately question a man who sued Hernandez over being shot in the face.

All members of the public had to leave the courtroom for about 15 minutes Wednesday while Alexander Bradley was questioned. The defense tried unsuccessfully to block Bradley's testimony. (MORE)

Third Alabama player arrested in 4 days

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Nick Saban has kicked a second Alabama football player off the team, swiftly dismissing reserve running back Tyren Jones following his arrest for marijuana possession.

Jones is the third player in Saban's program arrested in the last four days, and the second to be dismissed. (MORE)

Warriors survive Griffin's 40, run at 10

LOS ANGELES (AP) Stephen Curry snaked through the paint, came out near his bench, dribbled behind his back and faked Chris Paul to the floor on a jumper from the left corner, drawing oohs from the crowd.

That was just the first of several moves the Golden State Warriors put on the Los Angeles Clippers in rallying for their 10th straight victory, 110-106 Tuesday night. Curry finished with 27 points and Klay Thompson added 25. (MORE)

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