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Friday / April 23.
  • Bruce Springsteen has released this statement about Clarence Clemons’ death (courtesy Rolling Stone):

    Clarence lived a wonderful life. He carried within him a love of people that made them love him. He created a wondrous and extended family. He loved the saxophone, loved our fans and gave everything he had every night he stepped on stage. His loss is immeasurable and we are honored and thankful to have known him and had the oppurtunity to stand beside him for nearly forty years. He was my great friend, my partner and with Clarence at my side, my band and I were able to tell a story far deeper than those simply contained in our music. His life, his memory, and his love will live on in that story and in our band.

    The NBA announced 15 players who earned invitations to sit in the green room during Thursday’s NBA Draft. The list reflects a league-wide consensus about which players will be chosen in the lottery.

    A dozen college players were invited — Kyrie Irving (Duke), Derrick Williams (Arizona), Brandon Knight (Kentucky), Kemba Walker (UConn), Kawhi Leonard (San Diego State), Chris Singleton (Florida State), Klay Thompson (Washington State), Jimmer Fredette (BYU), Alec Burks (Colorado) and twins Marcus and Markieff Morris (Kansas).

    Georgia Tech transfer Brian Oliver is mulling several Big East schools in the Northeast.

    Seton Hall, Rutgers, St. John’s, Syracuse and Georgetown, along with Temple, La Salle and Missouri have expressed interest in the 6-foot-6 sophomore, his mother told SNY.tv.

    “He’s finishing summer session 1 right now and is going to take some visits after he gets home,” Zena Oliver said by email.

    Kuran Iverson has a top three.

    The No. 3 small forward in the Class of 2013 told SNY.tv his top three consists of “Kentucky, Syracuse or UConn.”

    The 6-foot-9, 215-pound Iverson out of Hartford (Conn.) Northwest Catholic is considered a future pro by many.

    “If he puts his mind to it and puts the work in, there’s no doubt he can go to the NBA,” Andre Harrington, Iverson’s mentor, told SNY.tv. “Talent’s there, the height’s there, the gifts are there, it’s just the work ethic. He has to go harder at it.”

    Dexter Strickland has played in Madison Square Garden, the Dean Smith Center and Cameron Indoor Stadium.

    But he’s never played on the deck of an aircraft carrier.

    That will change on Veteran’s Day when Strickland and his North Carolina teammates play Michigan State on the USS Carl Vinson, the aircraft carrier that carried Osama bin Laden’s body to a burial at sea.

    One of the top targets in the Class of 2013 is Nerlens Noel out of the the Tilton (N.H.) School.

    The 6-foot-10 shot-blocker told Jody Demling of the Louisville Courier-Journal that on Wednesday “the earliest calls I got were Florida, Syracuse, Kentucky, Providence, Pitt and Texas Tech.”

    He said, “I plan on having a list by the end of the summer after Nationals or the beginning of the fall.”