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Louisville's Garcia Will Forgo Senior Season to Enter NBA Draft

Saturday, April 9, 2005; Page D02

Francisco Garcia will forgo his senior season at Louisville and enter the NBA draft.

"There's no going back. I think I can be a lottery pick," Garcia said Thursday in a conference call with media in the Dominican Republic.

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The 6-foot-7 forward, who was born in the Dominican Republic but went to high school in New York, said he will participate in several training camps to prepare for the June 28 draft.

Louisville Coach Rick Pitino said Garcia was ready.

"I want him to go pro. I do not want him coming back," Pitino said. "Fans will say, 'Is he crazy?' Probably. But it's a dream of his and the young man wants to go. He's ready for it." . . .

Mike Dement was hired yesterday as the UNC Greensboro men's basketball coach, returning to the school he coached from 1991 to '95. . . .

Rob Jeter will be introduced next week as the coach at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He succeeds Bruce Pearl, who left for Tennessee after leading the Panthers to the regional finals of the NCAA tournament.

• PRO FOOTBALL: Major American Indian groups went to court trying to revoke the Washington Redskins' trademark name, calling it a disparaging reference to millions of people.

Four national organizations joined a D.C. resident who sued in 1992 to pressure the team to drop the Redskins moniker. But a team lawyer argued that the appeal should be dismissed because the legal complaints weren't filed until decades after the name was first adopted in 1933.

• OLYMPICS:Bode Miller, the first U.S. skier since 1983 to win the World Cup overall title, said he might not compete at next year's Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.

"I still have to figure it out," Miller said in New York. "I love the life I have now, and I'm not sure I want that to change."

Miller, 27, won two silver medals at the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City.

"I am glad that I experienced the Olympics myself, I'm just not sure I want to do it again," he said.

• HOCKEY: Colorado College center Marty Sertich won the Hobey Baker Award, honoring the top player in college. The junior led the nation in scoring with 64 points in 42 games while helping the Tigers to the Frozen Four. . . .

In Linkoping, Sweden, Kelly Stephens led a three-goal second period to help the United States beat Sweden, 4-1, and move into the women's world championship final against Canada.

Canada beat Finland, 3-0, to reach today's final for the ninth straight time.

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