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Wednesday / February 8.
  • Jeremy Hazell, one of the most prolific scorers in Seton Hall history, is headed to Spain and will play alongside former Duke standout and Detroit Pistons draft pick Kyle Singler.

    The 6-foot-5 Hazell signed a two-year deal with  Lucentum Alicante that has an NBA out after one season. He also considered offers in Italy and Israel.

    “I am very excited and couldn’t be happier with the amazing deal we just closed on,” Hazell told SNY.tv. “I will be playing this coming season with Alicante of the ACB League in Spain. I love my agent Seth Cohen from OCR, and I cannot thank him enough. OCR is my family and always will be.

    “Heading out overseas on Friday!”

    Kyle Anderson encountered a special visitor on his unofficial visit to St. John’s Wednesday.

    Former UCLA and current Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Baron Davis just happened to be on campus for Anderson’s visit.

    The 6-foot-8 Anderson said by text he got the chance to speak with Davis, who played for Johnnies coach Steve Lavin at UCLA.

    “It was good,” said Anderson, who made the trip to Queens with his mother, Suzanne, and two brothers, Duanne and Jamar. “Baron Davis was there. It was a productive visit.”

    Archie Goodwin has trimmed his list to five schools and is likely to wait until the spring period to sign.

    The 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Sherwood (Ark.) Sylvan Hills is now considering Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Memphis and UConn. He will take officials to all five schools.

    “I’m going to wait till the spring,” he said.

    “They all have great educational systems as well,” he added. “And that just makes them more appealing.”

    He broke down each school during a phone interview Wednesday with SNY.tv.

    NEW YORK — Rafael Nadal lashed out at U.S. Open officials because of the way he was treated during a rainy Wednesday at the U.S. Open.

    “We don’t feel protected, the players,” the defending Open champion told ESPN’s Pam Shriver after play was suspended in his match with Gilles Muller.

    “We don’t feel protected [by] the tournament. Grand Slams is lot of money, and we are part of the show — they are just working for that, not for us. They call us on court, cannot be possible. They dry the court for 45 minutes, but the rain never stops. The court was dry for 10 minutes but they know after 10 minutes we have to go out [of] the court another time and they still put us out on court, for the fans. I understand the fans are there, but, you know, health and the players are important. We are part of the show too, and we don’t feel protected.”

    Baylor is standing between Texas A&M and the SEC.

    The SEC presidents voted unanimously to allow the Big 12 school to become the league’s 13th program, but Baylor is threatening legal action to oppose the move.

    “We were notified yesterday afternoon that at least one Big 12 institution had withdrawn its previous consent and was considering legal action,” University of Florida president and SEC chairman Dr. Bernie Machen said in a statement released Wednesday. “The SEC has stated that to consider an institution for membership, there must be no contractual hindrances to its departure. “