Cal basketball players Justice Sueing, Kianna Smith plan to transfer

Cal’s men’s and women’s basketball teams each absorbed a Wednesday announcement of a key player intending to transfer.

Less than a week after Mark Fox was hired as the head coach of the men’s team, sophomore forward Justice Sueing posted on Instagram that he will be leaving Cal. Sueing averaged a team-best 14.3 points and six rebounds per game this season.

For the women, sophomore guard Kianna Smith made her departure post on Twitter. She started all 33 games this season and averaged 9.8 points per game. Assuming Smith leaves, Jaelyn Brown will be the only returning starter for Lindsay Gottlieb’s team next season.

• Texas A&M hired Virginia Tech’s Buzz Williams as its head coach and Fairfield tabbed Rutgers assistant Jay Young to be its head coach. Williams was 100-69 in five seasons at Virginia Tech; Young is a former head coach at Division II New Haven.

• Max Strus scored 32 points and Paul Reed added 28 as host DePaul (19-16) forced a deciding Game 3 in the CBI Finals with a 100-96 overtime win over South Florida (23-14). Game 3 is Friday in Chicago.

• In the WNIT semifinals, Aari McDonald had 19 points and nine rebounds to lead host Arizona (22-13) to a 59-53 win over TCU (24-10) and Lindsey Pulliam had 16 points to lead five Northwestern players in double figures as the Wildcats (21-14) prevailed 74-69 at James Madison (29-6). The final will be Saturday in Tucson.

• USF’s Frankie Ferrari was selected to the four-man team that will represent the WCC in this weekend’s 3-on-3 tournament in Bloomington, Minn., as part of the festivities for the Final Four. The 3-on-3 event pits teams from 32 conferences. Players must have used up their college eligibility. Ferrari will be joined on the WCC team by Pacific’s Roberto Gallinat and San Diego’s Olin Carter III and Isaiah Pineiro.

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5 players declare for NBA draft

Murray State sophomore guard Ja Morant, Tennessee junior guard Jordan Bone, North Carolina freshman guard Coby White, Vanderbilt freshman forward/center Simisola Shittu and LSU freshman forward Naz Reid announced they will enter the NBA draft.

Morant, who Wednesday was named one of five finalists for the John R. Wooden Award as college basketball’s top player after averaging 24.5 points, 10 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game, could be the second pick in the draft, several draft analysts have said.

Soccer: Manchester City is back atop the English Premier League after easing past Cardiff 2-0 to replace Liverpool in first place. Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane scored.

• Pele was hospitalized in Paris because of a urinary infection following a meeting with Kylian Mbappe. His spokeman said the Brazilian will be in hospital for up to two days.

NFL: Prosecutors in Texas said they are dismissing a felony charge against New England Patriots defensive end Michael Bennett, who was accused of pushing the arm of a paraplegic security guard while trying to get onto the field after the 2017 Super Bowl in Houston.

• Kelly Stafford, the wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, said on Instagram that she will have surgery to remove a brain tumor.

Baseball: Hall of Famer manager Bobby Cox, 77, was able to accept visitors in his Atlanta-area hospital room Wednesday, one day after the longtime Braves skipper suffered a stroke.

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