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PRESS BOX: WRs Evans, Cooks, Robinson enter NFL Draft

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Wide receivers Mike Evans of Texas A&M, Brandin Cooks of Oregon State and Allen Robinson of Penn State decided Thursday to make themselves eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft.

Evans (6-5, 225) is rated as the No. 2 wide receiver and the No. 10 overall prospect by NFLDraftScout.com. The redshirt sophomore is projected as a first-round pick in May.

Cooks (5-10, 185) is ranked as the No. 7 wide receiver and 38th overall in the projected 2014 draft by NFLDraftScout.com. Robinson (6-3, 210) is rated as the No. 4 wide receiver and 33rd overall.

--Before he was introduced by the Houston Texans as head coach, Penn State officials congratulated Bill O'Brien on his move back to the NFL.

Athletics director Dave Joyner said Thursday that a national search is underway and confirmed O'Brien's contract buyout to leave the university was between $6.5 million and $6.7 million.

According to Joyner "several prominent coaches" reached out to Penn State to inquire about replacing O'Brien. Candidates reportedly include Vanderbilt's James Franklin, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano and potentially Mack Brown, who stepped down at Texas. Penn State defensive line coach Larry Johnson will serve as interim coach during the search and could also be considered for the permanent coaching job if he is interested.

"We intend to move quickly," Joyner said.

NBA

The Denver Nuggets handed point guard Andre Miller a two-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team, the team announced Thursday.

Miller will not play in a home game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night and Sunday's road game against the Los Angeles LakerS.

The 37-year-old veteran, apparently upset about his playing time, shouted at coach Brian Shaw on the bench during Wednesday night's loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. Miller is averaging 5.9 points and 3.3 assists in 30 games this season. He did not comment after the game.

--The New York Knicks announced that forward Carmelo Anthony, who has missed the last three games with an ankle injury, was probable to return on Thursday night against the San Antonio Spurs.

Anthony returned to practice on Monday and began running for the first time since injuring his ankle against the Orlando Magic on Dec. 23 when his left foot rolled after he landed on the foot of Orlando's Tobias Harris.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Former Louisville junior forward Chane Behanan said he plans to go to Houston to work with former NBA player and coach John Lucas, ESPN.com reported Thursday.

"I'm hoping to go down there, take care of myself and then hopefully get another opportunity -- wherever it may be," Behanan told ESPN. "I haven't decided what I'm going to do yet. First I'm going to go get help."

Lucas, who had drug problems of his own during his playing days, runs a drug and alcohol treatment program for athletes and coaches. Behanan was dismissed from the school Monday for violating a university policy. He can transfer to another school and be eligible to play the second half of next season, or he may decide to play professionally.
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