The former AAU coach of Ben McLemore, the star guard who declared for the NBA draft after one season at Kansas, said he received cash and other benefits to nudge McLemore toward the NBA, according to USA Today. The coach, Darius Cobb, who has aided the McLemore family financially in the past, said Rodney Blackstock, a middle man who acted on behalf of sports agents and financial advisors, paid Cobb $10,000 during the 2012-13 season. Cobb also claims that Blackstock, the founder and CEO of a sports mentoring organization, received free trips for meetings with agents and advisors hopeful of being hired by McLemore when he made the NBA. Cobb said Richard Boyd, McLemore’s cousin, was also taken on the trips, something Boyd denied to USA Today. Kansas said it is investigating the situation, which could have affected McLemore’s amateur status . . . Knicks coach Mike Woodson said he is hoping Amar’e Stoudemire can return for Game 3 of the team’s second-round series against the Pacers. The forward has been out since March 7 with a knee injury. Woodson also said sharpshooter Steve Novak, who didn’t play in Game 6 against the Celtics because of back spasms, is out indefinitely.
Dodgers put Ramirez right back on DL
The Dodgers put shortstop Hanley Ramirez on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left hamstring. He was injured while trying to go from first to third in the sixth inning of Friday night’s 2-1 loss at San Francisco. Infielder Dee Gordon was called up from Triple A Albuquerque. The 29-year-old Ramirez was reinstated from the DL on Monday after surgery on his right thumb. He started the season on the disabled list after being injured during the World Baseball Classic. Ramirez went 5 for 11 with a home run in four games for the Dodgers . . . Rangers righthander Colby Lewis is on track to start a rehabilitation assignment next week. Lewis, who had surgery last July to repair a torn flexor tendon, threw 27 pitches in two innings Saturday in an extended spring training game in Arizona . . . Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis, who leads the team in batting average, homers, and RBIs, had an MRI Saturday after injuring his right knee running out a ground ball Friday night. The results aren’t expected until Monday.
US wins world championship opener
The United States rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to beat Austria, 5-3, in its opening game at the ice hockey world championship in Helsinki. David Moss began the comeback off a rebound in the first period, and defenseman Erik Johnson opened and closed the second period with power-play goals. In between, Tim Stapleton and Aaron Palushaj also scored. Also, Russia began the defense of its title with a 6-0 win over Latvia. Ilya Bryzgalov had an easy shutout, making 15 saves.
BMW final set for Haas, Kohlschreiber
Tommy Haas will play defending champion Philipp Kohlschreiber in an all-German final at the BMW Open on Sunday. The third-seeded Haas defeated Ivan Dodig, 6-4, 6-3, while Kohlschreiber edged Daniel Brands, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) to set up the first all-German title match in Munich in 48 years . . . Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova beat Carla Suarez, 7-5, 6-2, to win the Portugal Open in Oeiras. In the men’s event, top-seeded David Ferrer beat Andreas Seppi, 6-1, 6-4. He’ll play second-seeded Stan Wawrinka in Sunday’s final after he defeated Pablo Carreno-Busta, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 . . . Seventh-seeded Sara Errani advanced to the second round of the Madrid Open, beating Urszula Radwanska, 6-3, 6-1. Also, Daniela Hantuchova defeated Sloane Stephens, 6-3, 7-5 . . . Shelby Rogers of Charleston, S.C., gets a chance to make her debut in the French Open’s main draw after earning a wild card from the US Tennis Association based on clay-court results on the USTA Pro Circuit in White Plains, N.Y. The French Open starts May 26.
Leroux, Breakers top Chicago in NWSL
Sydney Leroux scored two second-half goals, Ashley Phillips made three saves, and the Boston Breakers improved to 2-0-1 in the NWSL with a 4-1 win over Chicago in Dilboy Stadium in Somerville . . . Cristiano Ronaldo headed in two goals to help Real Madrid beat Valladolid, 4-3, in the Spanish league, denying Barcelona the chance to clinch the league title this weekend. Elsewhere, Atletico Madrid booked its spot in next season’s Champions League with a 0-0 draw at Deportivo La Coruna.