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.

Kraft: Hernandez told me he was innocent

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) New England Patriots team owner Robert Kraft testified Tuesday that his former star tight end Aaron Hernandez told him he was innocent when asked if he was involved in a 2013 killing.

Kraft was called by the prosecution in Hernandez's murder trial over the June 17, 2013, slaying of Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee. (MORE)

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)

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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