>>NBA Players To Be Tested For HGH Next Year
The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association announced Thursday that blood testing for Human Growth Hormone (HGH) will start during training camp next fall.
All players will be subject to three random, unannounced HGH tests annually - two during the season and once in the offseason.
If a player tests positive for HGH, he will be suspended 20 games for his first violation and 45 games for his second violation, and he will be dismissed and disqualified from the NBA for his third violation.
Owners and players had agreed during collective bargaining negotiations in 2011 to determine a process for how HGH testing could be implemented. The league hasn't previously done blood testing.
>>Brad Stevens, Doc Rivers Named Top NBA Coaches
Boston's Brad Stevens and the Los Angeles Clippers' Doc Rivers have been named the NBA's coaches of the month for April.
Stevens led the Celtics to the Eastern Conference's best record in April at 7-1. Boston closed the month with six consecutive victories -- five of them against playoff teams -- to claim the seventh seed in the East.
Rivers guided the Clippers to the league's only undefeated record in April at 7-0. The Clippers open postseason play as the third seed in the Western Conference.
>>Nebraska's Petteway To Go Pro
Nebraska guard Terran Petteway has decided to enter the NBA Draft.
Petteway, a fourth-year junior from Texas, is set to earn his degree in May. He was a first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2013-14 and a third-team choice this past season.
Petteway started every game for the Cornhuskers over the past two seasons and ranks 20th on the school's career scoring list with 1,143 points. He led Nebraska and ranked fourth in the Big Ten this past season with an average of 18.2 points per game.
Petteway averaged 18.1 points to lead the Big Ten in scoring during the 2013-14 season, guiding the Huskers to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1998.