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COLLEGESMullin signs 3 transfers

New St. John's basketball coach Chris Mullin signed three transfers yesterday, two of whom will be eligible right away. Darien Williams, a 6-8 forward, played one season at Iowa Western Community College and then sat out last season at City College of San Francisco while recovering from shoulder surgery. Ron Mvouika, a 6-6 native of France, is a graduate transfer from Missouri State who was limited to two games last season by injuries. Tariq Owens, a 6-10 forward, left Tennessee after one season and, after sitting out next season under NCAA transfer rules, will have three seasons of eligibility remaining.


Nadal, Sharapova lose

Rafael Nadal's clay-court woes mounted at the Barcelona Open with another loss. The eight-time champion lost to Fabio Fognini, 6-4, 7-6 (6), in the third round . . . Angelique Kerber upset three-time defending champion Maria Sharapova, 2-6, 7-5, 6-1, in the second round of the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany. American Madison Brengle upset third-seeded Petra Kvitova, 6-3, 7-6 (2). -- APNFL

Pats visit White House

The defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots visited the White House yesterday, and President Barack Obama couldn't resist poking fun at the DeflateGate saga. "I usually tell jokes at these things -- but I was worried 11 of 12 of them would fall flat," Obama quipped. Former Patriots and current Jets Darrelle Revis and Stevan Ridley were on hand for the event.

Jets pick up Coples' option

The Jets exercised their fifth-year option on outside linebacker Quinton Coples. A first-round pick in 2012, Coples recorded a career-high 61/2 sacks last season and has amassed 161/2 in the past three seasons.


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