Sports report: Top center prospect picks UNLV over OSU, Indiana

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Basketball

Goodluck Okonoboh, a 6-foot-9 center from Boston and one of the top five post players in the 2014 men’s basketball recruiting class, committed to UNLV last night. He also considered Indiana and Ohio State.

Okonoboh made an official visit to Ohio State last weekend.

NFL

Eagles’ Kelly denies he’s interested in USC job

Four games into his first NFL head-coaching job, Chip Kelly said that he has no intentions of leaving Philadelphia.

“I’m the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles,” Kelly said for the second time in three days, responding to questions about his interest in the vacant job at Southern California. “I’m very, very excited to be here. I’m not entertaining anything like that. I’m here.”

With the Eagles off to a slow start, Kelly’s name has been repeatedly connected to USC since Lane Kiffin was fired on Sunday.

College football

Alabama assistant coach placed on leave

Alabama has placed an assistant strength and conditioning coach Corey Harris on administrative leave for lending money to suspended defensive back Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, The Tuscaloosa News reported.

Clinton-Dix was suspended indefinitely by the coach Nick Saban on Wednesday for violating unspecified team rules, but no other details were released.

The newspaper reported that although the Alabama compliance office was looking into the loan of less than $500 that Harris made to Clinton-Dix, it found that Harris also had a connection to a sports agent.

• A person with knowledge of the process told the Associated Press that Southern California athletic director Pat Haden, Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long and Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich are expected to be members of the College Football Playoff selection committee.

The committee will pick the four teams that will play for the 2014 championship.

• Quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. will make his second straight start in place of injured Taylor Martinez when Nebraska play host to Illinois in its Big Ten opener on Saturday, coach Bo Pelini said.

Elsewhere

Two share lead in LPGA event in Beijing

American Jessica Korda and South Korea’s Na Yeon Choi shot 9-under-par 64s to share the lead after the first round of the inaugural Reignwood LPGA Classic in Beijing, four strokes ahead of the rest of the field.

Stacy Lewis of the United States (68) was in a tie for third place with South Koreans Hee Young Park and Hee Kyung Seo.

• Continental Europe made a solid start in the Seve Trophy with a two-point lead against Britain & Ireland after the opening-day fourballs in Saint-Nom-la-Breteche, France.

• Former major league outfielder Chad Curtis was sentenced to seven to 15 years in prison for inappropriately touching teenage girls.

— From wire reports

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