Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Lakers say LeBron will not play at Utah
With eight games remaining in the season, the Los Angeles Lakers announced that LeBron James will sit out Wednesday night's contest at Utah against the Jazz. James, who has been on a minutes restriction ever since the Lakers fell out of playoff contention, played 35 minutes against the Sacramento Kings on Sunday, three minutes over his suggested playing time. He then played 34 minutes Tuesday against the Washington Wizards.
Ex-Patriots linebacker Mayo returns as assistant
Jerod Mayo, who spent his entire NFL career as a linebacker with the New England Patriots, is returning to the team as an assistant coach. Mayo, who made 808 tackles in eight seasons (2008-2015), announced the news on Instagram on Wednesday.
Halep sees off Wang to move into Miami semis
Simona Halep overcame a second-set lapse to secure a 6-4 7-5 Miami Open quarter-final victory over China's Wang Qiang on Wednesday that put the Romanian one win away from reclaiming the world's top ranking. Second seed Halep stormed back from 5-1 down in the second set and saved three set points before wrapping up the win over 18th-seeded Wang in 89 minutes.
Federer eases past Medvedev into Miami quarters
A clinical Roger Federer took a confident step toward a fourth Miami Open title on Wednesday, easing past 13th-seeded Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-4 6-2 to book his spot in the quarter-finals. Federer, a winner of 100 career titles, can look back on dozens of brilliant performances and the Swiss maestro could add his ruthless fourth-round win over the red hot Russian to that list.
Tiger survives rash of upsets at WGC-Match Play
Tiger Woods took advantage of the uneven play by the youngest competitor in the field to win his opening match Wednesday at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in Austin, Texas. Playing in his first match play event since 2013, Woods beat 22-year-old Aaron Wise in a match that featured few stellar shots but plenty of momentum swings. Woods build a 2-up lead after two holes, but was unable to keep his foot on the gas and found himself trailing by a hole after the 10th.
Notebook: Three players declare for NBA Draft
UCLA sophomore wing Kris Wilkes is headed to the NBA draft and will hire an agent, he announced on social media Wednesday. Wilkes averaged a team-high 17.4 points per game this season for the Bruins, who finished 17-16 in a season that saw them fire coach Steve Alford in late December.
Indians shortstop Lindor out indefinitely with ankle sprain
All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor is out indefinitely after spraining his ankle, the Cleveland Indians announced Wednesday. Lindor was sidelined during most of spring training after he strained his right calf muscle while working out late last month. He recently starting taking part in games at the minor league complex in Goodyear, Ariz., where he sustained his ankle injury.
IOC wants swift and tough punishment for doping offenders
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach on Wednesday demanded swift and tough sanctions for doping offenders -- both athletes and their support staff -- involved in a German-Austrian doping ring. At least 21 athletes from eight nations across five sports are suspected of blood-doping linked to a German doctor who was arrested as part of an Austria-Germany doping raid last month.
Ex-Packers WR Nelson to retire
Wide receiver Jordy Nelson is retiring from the NFL, his former team, the Green Bay Packers, confirmed Wednesday. "We want to congratulate Jordy on an incredible career that included achievements that will result in his eventual induction in the Packers Hall of Fame," Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said in a statement. "He is one of the greatest receivers in franchise history and played a vital role in the team's success with not only his play on the field but also for what he provided as a great teammate and leader."
Virginia Tech guard Outlaw charged with misdemeanor
A charge of possession of marijuana against Virginia Tech senior guard Ty Outlaw came to light Wednesday, two days before the Hokies take on No. 1-seed Duke in the NCAA Tournament. Multiple outlets reported the misdemeanor charge, which, according to Montgomery County District Court records, was dated March 21 when Outlaw was with the Virginia Tech team in San Jose, Calif., for the opening two rounds of the NCAA Tournament.