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Press Box: Michigan State's Nix arrested, suspended

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Michigan State forward Derrick Nix was arrested in East Lansing, Mich., on Monday night for marijuana possession while operating a vehicle charges, according to the Lansing State Journal.

The vehicle operation with the presence of drugs charge is a three-month misdemeanor while marijuana possession is a misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of a year in jail.

Nix, a junior, who averaged 8.1 points per game this season, was suspended indefinitely by coach Tom Izzo.

--- Washington freshman Tony Wroten and Weber State's Damian Lillard, who is a fourth-year junior, announced Tuesday that they will give up their remaining college eligibility and enter the upcoming NBA Draft.

Wroten is leaving after just one season with the Huskies and will join teammate Terrence Ross, a sophomore who recently declared for the draft.

Wroten, a 6-5 guard, averaged 16.0 points and is projected as a late first-round draft pick, although there is some difference of opinion about his draft status.

There is less doubt about Lillard, a guard expected to be taken midway through the first round. He averaged 24.5 points this past season, second best in the country.

---Kentucky finished No. 1 in the final ESPN/USA Today men's basketball coaches' poll of the 2011-12 season, which was released Tuesday.

The Wildcats, who entered the NCAA tournament ranked No. 1, received all 31 first-place votes after finishing 38-2.

Runner-up Kansas (32-7) was ranked No. 2, followed by fellow Final Four teams Ohio State (31-8) and Louisville (30-10).

Syracuse (34-3) was No. 5, followed by North Carolina (32-6), Michigan State (29-8), Baylor (30-8), Florida (26-11) and Marquette (27-8) to complete the top 10.

Missouri (30-5), ranked third before the tourney, fell to No. 11 after being upset by No. 15-seeded Norfolk State in its first NCAA Tournament game this season.


---Barcelona's Lionel Messi set a competition season scoring record when he kicked in his 13th Champions League goal in the 11th-minute on a penalty against AC Milan in their quarterfinal second leg on Tuesday, according to Reuters.

The previous mark of 12 was established by Dutchman Ruud van Nistelrooy with Manchester United in 2003.


---Dustin Johnson will miss the Masters because of a back injury, he tweeted Tuesday.

"First I have to apologize to the fans and sponsors. With heartfelt regret, I won't be playing in the Masters due to a tweaked back," Johnson tweeted.

The five-time PGA Tour winner had offseason knee surgery after the Presidents Cup in November and started slowly in 2012. He played in WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral on March 11, tying for 35th.

Ranked 12th in the world, Johnson has played in the Masters three times. He finished tied for 30th in 2009 and tied for 38th in both 2010 and 2011.
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